HENNIKER, N.H.—Kim Tiberi (Raleigh, N.C.) and Amanda Conway (Methuen, Mass.) combined for seven goals to lead the visiting Norwich University women's ice hockey team to a 7-2 win over New England College on Friday evening in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) action.
The win boosts Norwich to 18-5-1 overall and 13-2-0 in NEHC play, while NEC falls to 5-18-1 overall and 3-13 in league play.
Tiberi became the first defenseman in NU history to score four goals in a game and just the fifth overall, joining Brittane Michaud '11, Julie Fortier '12, Tori Charron '14 and sophomore Bryn Labbe (Calgary, Alberta). The hat trick was the first of Conway's young career in the Maroon & Gold.
With the victory, Norwich also clinched the No. 1 overall seed for the NEHC Tournament for the seventh straight year. NU will face either Plymouth State, Salve Regina or Southern Maine in the first round of the NEHC Tournament, pending the results of Saturday's games.
The Cadets struck first on a goal by Tiberi at the 9:47 mark on a slap shot from the point through traffic.
Nearly six minutes later, NEC's Brittany Tierney (Ottawa, Ontario) scored her second goal of the season as she collected a pass from behind the goal line and buried it past Norwich's goaltender Celeste Robert (Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec).
Scoring intensified in the second frame as the two teams combined for five goals. NEC scored first and took a 2-1 lead as Mackenzie Meegan scored on the power play as she one-touched a rebound off of a Morgan Lamos slap shot 1:33 into the period.
Norwich evened the score at 2-2 less than three minutes later as Tiberi scored her second goal of the game on a 5-on-3 power play.
In the ninth minute, Norwich's Conway buried a delayed-penalty goal for the 3-2 lead. Tiberi and Conway both scored again in the period for a 5-2 lead entering the final period.
The third period saw Conway's third goal and Tiberi's fourth at the 50-second and 5:10 marks.
NEC sophomore goaltender Jackie Clark tallied 35 saves in net for the Pilgrims, while Robert made 11 saves for the Cadets. Norwich outshot NEC 42-13 on the day.
Four of Norwich's seven goals were scored on the power play as they finished 4-for-6 with the extra skater. NEC finished 1-for-3 on the power play.
The Pilgrims travel to Salve Regina tomorrow night for the final game of the season. Puck drop is slated for 7:00 p.m. Norwich will travel to Plymouth State for a 2 p.m. faceoff.