Women’s Hockey: Norwich cruises to 6-1 win over New England College in NEHC opener

Maddi Blauth women's hockey action vs. Elmira College

HENNIKER, N.H. – Junior forward Amanda Conway (Methuen, Mass.) of the Norwich University women's ice hockey team scored twice to continue her scoring binge to start the season and lift the Cadets to a 6-1 win over New England College on Friday afternoon. 

No. 3/3 nationally-ranked Norwich (1-1-0, 1-0-0 NEHC) sprinted out to a 2-0 lead after the first period and never looked back as they cruised to the victory in its New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) opener. 

Freshmen Belle Lacombe (Surprise, Ariz.) and Bailey Park (Kimberley, British Columbia) each scored their first collegiate goals as 12 different Norwich players got on the scoresheet in the victory. 

Junior forward Maddi Blauth (Pennington, N.J.) had a goal and an assist, while senior alternate captain Adrieana Rossini (Malden, Mass.) and junior Alyssa Hulst (Scarborough, Maine) each had two assists to round out the offensive leaders for the Cadets. 

Norwich needed just 2:16 to take the lead as junior Brynn Wopperer (Amherst, N.Y.) tipped a shot from the point by senior defenseman Carly Menges (Novelty, Ohio) for her first goal of the year. Blauth picked up the secondary assist. 

The Cadets added to the lead at the 15:32 mark of the first period with Park scoring her first collegiate goal on the power play off an assist from Hulst to make it 2-0. 

Lacombe struck again on the power play just before the midway point of the second period to make it 3-0 off assists from Robyn Foley (Goulds, Newfoundland and Labrador) and Maggie Conroy (Batavia, Ill.). 

Conway scored her first of the game just 28 seconds into the third period on a breakaway, easily beating NEC goalie Cianna Weir on the forehand to push the lead to 4-0. Rossini and Jessica Piracini (Arlington, Mass.) notched assists on the goal. 

Blauth scored her first of the season at the 7:27 mark to stretch the lead to 5-0 off an assist from Hulst. 

New England College (0-3-0, 0-1-0 NEHC) broke up Emily Lambert's (Riverview, Mich.) shutout at the 12:14 mark of the third period with the Pilgrims' lone goal. 

Conway capped the scoring with Rossini and Samantha Benoit (Bow, N.H.) notching assists on the goal at the 18:02 mark of the third period. 

Weir made 51 saves in goal for NEC. Lambert picked up the win, stopping 13 shots to improve to 1-0-0. 

Norwich outshot NEC 57-14 and went 2-for-3 on the power play. 

Norwich travels to Plymouth State on Saturday at 2 p.m. to complete the opening league weekend.