NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University women's ice hockey team stayed perfect on the season in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) action with a dominant 8-1 victory over New England College on Friday night at Kreitzberg Arena.
Labbe scored twice in the first period to give Norwich (4-2, 4-0 NEHC) all the offense it would need as they rolled to the season sweep vs. the Pilgrims. She opened the scoring with an unassisted tally at the 3:56 mark of the first period, capitalizing on a NEC defensive zone turnover and roofing a shot short side to beat the Pilgrim goaltender over her right shoulder.
Hulst increased the lead to 3-0 at the 6:31 mark of the second period with a goal off an assist from Rossini.
Blauth pushed the advantage to 4-0 at the 8:52 mark with a power play goal off assists from Amanda Conway (Metheun, Mass.) and Hulst. Blauth scored tapped the puck over the line after she spun at the top of the crease while Conway sent a crossing pass through the goal mouth.
Samantha Benoit (Bow, N.H.) made it 5-0 at the 17:27 mark with a snipe off the crossbar and in after a terrific individual effort to evade a few NEC defenders and then sending a wrist shot top shelf.
Hulst scored her second of the night at the 4:52 mark of the third period off assists from Rossini and Labbe to make it 6-0.
NEC (1-6, 1-4 NEHC) got on the board at the 8:04 mark with Northfield-native Kristen Dukette scoring her first goal of the year with a wrist shot from the point that found its way through traffic in front and into the back of the net. Erica Lissner and Hannah Desroisers notched assists on the goal.
Junior Sophie McGovern (Hermantown, Minn.) finally notched her long-awaited first goal after more tough luck earlier in the game when she hit the post for the fifth time this season. She scored on the power play off assists from Benoit and NU rookie goalie Kate Winstanley (Lansdale, Pa.).
Winstanley made six saves in her first collegiate start. Norwich went 2-for-4 on the power play.
Cianna Weir took the loss for NEC after making 46 saves to fall to 0-3-0 on the season.
Norwich will look to sweep the weekend when it hosts Castleton University at 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon at Kreitzberg Arena.