NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich women's hockey team established a new program record by scoring 14 goals to break its old single-game mark of 12, in a 14-0 rout of Plymouth State on Friday night at Kreitzberg Arena in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East action.
Freshman forward Tyne Gove (Berwick, Ont.) tallied her first career hat trick, pacing the offense with three goals and one assist. Senior captain Melissa Rundlett (Saco, Maine) added a goal and four assists, while senior forward Mollie Fitzpatrick (Portland, Maine) chipped in with two goals and an assist.
Sophomore forward Renee Lortie (Cornwall, Ontario) opened the scoring at the 9:36 mark of the first period when she jammed home a loose puck in the crease off assists from Rundlett and Julie Fortier (St. Malachie, Quebec).
Gove notched her first goal of the night a little less than five minutes later on a breakaway to make it 2-0. Sophomore defenseman Kayla Parsons (Fairbanks, Alaska) sprung Gove on the breakaway with an outlet pass from her own blue line. Gove skated in on Plymouth State goalie Ali Ponte and faked on the forehand to open up the five-hole before shoveling the puck through Ponte's legs on the backhand.
Fortier made it 3-0 at the 18:14 mark of the first period when she swooped in all alone on the weak side and scored off a rebound after Ponte made an initial save on Rundlett's shot in the slot. Sarianne Lynn (Wethersfield, Conn.) also picked up an assist.
Norwich (4-1-0, 3-0-0 ECAC) opened it up in the second period with six goals. Gove scored two, including one on the power play, which completed her hat trick and made it 8-0. Gove redirected a shot from Kayla Lascelle (Cornwall, Ontario) at the point over Plymouth State's replacement goalie Nicole Crandle to make it 8-0.
Gove also opened the scoring in the second period with a goal at the 1:26 mark to make it 4-0. Fitzpatrick, Amanda Wilks (Winnipeg, Manitoba), Rundlett and Jackie Perez (San Gabriel, Calif.) also scored goals for Norwich in the second period.
Sophomore defenseman Brittany Sharman (Ayer's Cliff, Quebec) made it 10-0 just 52 seconds into the third period. Fitzpatrick, Kaycie Anderson (Maple Plain, Minn.), Stephanie Invernizzi (Hingham, Mass.) and Jillayne DeBus (Howell, Mich.) also scored in the third period for the Cadets.
Norwich outshot Plymouth State 51-4 and was 3-of-3 on the power play.
With the win, the Cadets extended their ECAC East regular season unbeaten streak to 24 straight games and took over sole possession of first place in the conference standings after Salve Regina beat St. Anselm 4-3 in overtime.
Sophomore Joanie Plamondon (Pont-Rogue, Quebec) picked up her second win of the season to improve to 2-1-0 on the year after stopping one shot in 29 minutes of action. Freshman Caroline Barth (Friedens, Pa.) played her first collegiate minutes and turned aside three shots to keep the shutout intact for NU.
Ponte made 16 saves and was saddled with the loss for Plymouth State, while Crandle came on and made 21 saves in relief.
Norwich returns to action tomorrow afternoon when the Cadets host Southern Maine at 3 p.m. at Kreitzberg Arena.
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Tyne Gove (11) beats Plymouth State goaltender Ali Ponte through her five-hole to make it 2-0 during Friday night's 14-0 win at Kreitzberg Arena. (Jennifer Langille/Norwich University)