NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University women's ice hockey team put together one of its best efforts of the season, dominating UMass Boston 7-0 in a battle between the top two teams in the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) action at Kreitzberg Arena.
Norwich (15-1-2, 8-0-0 NEHC) got a pair of goals each from junior Robyn Foley (Goulds, Newfoundland and Labrador) and sophomore Amanda Conway (Methuen, Mass.) to lead the Cadets' offense on the night.
Senior Sarah Schwenzfeier (Hingham, Mass.) had three points with a goal and two assists, while Alyssa Hulst (Scarborough, Maine) and Nicole Goebel (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) each chipped in with a goal for Norwich as it continued its dominance over its league rivals. NU has now outscored its league opponents 59-6 on the season.
Norwich took a 1-0 lead at the 2:30 mark of the first period with Foley scoring her first of the year on a wrist shot from the point that found its way through traffic and into the top right corner of the net. Samantha Benoit (Bow, N.H.) and Schwenzfeier tallied assists on the power play goal.
The Cadets struck again on the power play at the 7:41 mark with Hulst scoring her 12th goal of the season off assists from Schwenzfeier and Adrieana Rossini (Malden, Mass.). Rossini touched a pass over to Schwenzfeier who fired a centering pass out of the corner and then Hulst did the rest by beating UMass Boston goalie Rachel Myette low for the Cadets' second power play goal of the night.
Schwenzfeier capped the scoring in the first period with a shorthanded tally after a rebound off an initial shot by Rossini deflected off Schwenzfeier's body and into the net for her ninth goal of the season.
The Cadets increased the lead to 4-0 at the 7:57 mark with Conway scoring her team-leading 17th goal of the season off assists from Sophie McGovern (Hermantown, Minn.) and Bryn Labbe (Calgary, Alberta). Labbe won a faceoff over to McGovern and then McGovern sent a pass cross ice to Conway all alone on the doorstep and she one-timed into the left corner of the net leaving Myette no chance.
Conway and Goebel capped the scoring with third period goals at the 9:58 and 17:58 mark of the final frame. Conway scored on a give and go with McGovern on a 2-on-1 for her 18th goal of the season.
Maggie Conroy (Batavia, Ill.) picked off a pass in the neutral zone and then made a nice deke around a UMass Boston defender and slid a pass over to Goebel who fired a wrist shot past Myette for her fifth goal of the season.
Norwich outshot UMass Boston 42-15 in the game and finished 3-for-9 on the power play. UMass Boston was 0-for-5. NU senior goalie Laurie King (Waddington, N.Y.) stopped all 15 shots she faced to pick up her fifth shutout of the season and extended her program record career shutouts mark to 19.
Myette made 35 saves for UMass Boston. The Beacons fell to 6-9-4 overall and 5-2-2 in league play.
Norwich will play its final home regular season conference game on Saturday at 3 p.m. when the Cadets host Salve Regina. It will also as NU's Senior Day as the Cadets will honor their eight-player senior class prior to the game with a ceremony.