Women’s Hockey: Norwich sweeps NEHC weekly awards

Women's Hockey NEHC Weekly Awards sweep


MARSHFIELD, Mass. – For the second time this season, the Norwich University women's ice hockey team swept the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) weekly awards announced on Monday afternoon. 

Sophomore forward Alyssa Hulst (Scarborough, Maine) won Player of the Week, senior goalie Laurie King (Waddington, N.Y.) was named Goalie of the Week, while freshman Samantha Benoit (Bow, N.H.) earned Rookie of the Week honors. 

Hulst was named the NEHC Player of the Week for the first time in her career after scoring the first goal in both of Norwich's win this week. Hulst scored first with the game-winning goal vs. Amherst in a 2-0 win on Wednesday and then she scored again to tie Conn. College at 1-1 late in the first period on Sunday. 

Hulst ranks second on the Cadets with nine goals. She also has one assist for 10 points. 

King was named the Goalie of the Week for the second time this season and seventh time overall in her career on Monday. She made 39 saves on 41 shots to backstop the Cadets to the two wins over Amherst and Conn. College. 

King stopped all 19 shots she faced in Wednesday's 2-0 win over Amherst to record her fourth shutout of the season and the 18th of her career to become the new Norwich all-time career shutouts record holder. 

King followed up with 20 saves vs. Conn. College to keep her undefeated record intact and improve to 8-0-1 on the season. She has a .933 save percentage and a 1.32 goals against average.  

Benoit was named the Rookie of the Week for the second time in her young Norwich career by recording two assists and registering a +2 plus-minus rating on the week. Benoit assisted on Norwich's game-tying goal and game-winning goal to help lead the Cadets to the victories. She ranks second on the team and leads all NU defensemen with a +20 plus-minus rating on the season. 

Benoit has a goal and nine assists for 10 points to rank among the NEHC leaders in points by first-year players. 

The Cadets have now had eight NEHC weekly selections this season. 

Norwich stayed the consensus No. 1 team in the country on Monday, earning all 15 first-place votes in both the d3hockey.com and USCHO.com polls. It was the Cadets' fifth straight week in the top spot after they upset four-time defending NCAA Division III national champion Plattsburgh State 4-3 on Nov. 8. 

The Cadets are off for nearly a month when they travel to Trinity for their third straight game vs. a NESCAC opponent. The Cadets will take on the Bantams at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 2. 

Norwich then hosts the eighth annual East-West Hockey Classic on Jan. 7 and 8 at Kreitzberg Arena. This year's field will feature the current top four ranked teams in the country with No. 1 Norwich hosting No. 3 Plattsburgh at 2 p.m. and No. 2 Elmira taking on No. 4 Adrian at 5 p.m. in the other semifinal matchup on Sunday, Jan. 7. The winners will meet at 4 p.m. on Monday in the finals, while the losers will meet at 1 p.m. in the consolation game.