MANCHESTER, N.H.. – Senior forward Julie Fortier (Saint-Malachie, Quebec) netted two goals for the second consecutive night and sophomore goalie Kelly Fisk (Hannibal, N.Y.) made 22 saves to lead the Norwich women's ice hockey team to its sixth straight win and fourth consecutive shutout in ECAC East action on Saturday afternoon.
Fortier gave Norwich a 1-0 lead at the 8:53 mark of the first period and the Cadets never looked back from there as they pumped in five more goals to cruise to a 6-0 win over Saint Anselm.
Norwich (7-1-0, 6-0-0 ECAC East) also got goals from Mollie Fitzpatrick (Portland, Maine), Renee Lortie (Cornwall, Ontario), Jillayne DeBus (Howell, Mich.) and Melissa Rundlett (Saco, Maine) as it extended its ECAC East regular season unbeaten streak to 27 straight games.
Fitzpatrick added to the Cadets' lead less than two minutes after Fortier's initial goal to make it 2-0 off an assist from freshman forward Tyne Gove (Berwick, Ontario).
Fortier made it 3-0 at the 15:33 mark of the second period off assists from Amanda Wilks (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Vanessa Champagne (St. Naziere, Quebec). Fortier now has 135 career points and sits just 28 points away from tying Sophie Leclerc's program all-time career points record of 163.
Lortie kicked off a three-goal spurt in 2:36 span with a power play tally off assists from Rundlett and Brittany Sharman (Ayer's Cliff, Quebec). DeBus scored her third goal of the season just 55 seconds later with an assist from freshman forward Kaycie Anderson (Maple Plain, Minn.), who has been on the score sheet in seven of the Cadets' eight games this year.
Rundlett capped the scoring on the power play with an assist from Fortier, as well as senior defenseman Sarianne Lynn (Wethersfield, Conn.). Lynn's assist marked the 50th point of her college hockey career with one season at St. Lawrence and three seasons in the Maroon & Gold.
Norwich outshot the Hawks 27-22 and the Cadets were 3-for-5 on the power play. Amy Zappen made 21 saves for Saint Anselm and fell to 3-4-0 on the year.
Norwich has now outscored its opponents in ECAC East play 47-1. New England College is the lone league team to score on the Cadets through six games.
NU returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 3 when the Cadets take on Salve Regina at 7 p.m. Salve Regina was the lone blemish in the Cadets' ECAC East record last year as the Seahawks battled Norwich to a 1-1 tie despite being out 42-11. Norwich then follows up on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. for a showdown with unbeaten Holy Cross.
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