Women’s Hockey: Cadets top Beacons, 4-1

Amanda Conway women's hockey action vs. UNE.

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Junior forward Amanda Conway (Methuen, Mass.) scored a goal and had two assists for a three-point night to lead the Norwich University women's ice hockey team to a 4-1 victory over UMass Boston in a rematch of the 2018 New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) Championship on Saturday afternoon at Kreitzberg Arena. 

Conway had the primary assist on the first goal of the game and also scored what would prove to be the game-winning goal to bring her NCAA Division III-leading total to 13 on the season. 

Junior forward Sophie McGovern (Hermantown, Minn.) and sophomore defenseman Samantha Benoit (Bow, N.H.) each had a goal and an assist, while senior alternate captain Adrieana Rossini (Malden, Mass.) added a goal to round out the Norwich offensive leaders. 

Norwich (10-2-0, 9-0-0 NEHC) ended the first half of the season on an eight-game winning streak with the victory. 

Benoit opened the scoring at the 16:01 mark of the first period with a laser slap shot from the point to give the Cadets a 1-0 lead on the power play off assists from Conway and Kirsten Watts (Chugiak, Alaska). 

Conway scored her 13th goal of the season at the 19:32 mark as she was sprung on a breakaway by a pretty passing set up from McGovern and Robyn Foley (Goulds, Newfoundland and Labrador). McGovern played the puck up to Conway at the UMB blue line to allow Conway in with speed. She skated in on Caty Flagg and slid the puck through the Beacon goalie's five-hole to make it 2-0. 

UMass Boston (6-6-2, 3-4-2 NEHC) got on the board at the 7:23 mark with Jane Morrisette scoring on her rebound off her knees to cut the deficit to 2-1. Kaleigh Beauregard also picked up an assist after having her initial shot from the top of the slot denied by NU goalie Emily Lambert (Riverview, Mich.). 

McGovern gave Norwich breathing room at the 16:17 mark of the second period with Conway and Benoit picking up assists. The goal was McGovern's seventh of the season. 

Rossini capped the scoring at the 6:59 mark of the third period with a breakaway goal after Alyssa Hulst (Scarborough, Maine) chipped a puck up off the glass and over three UMass Boston defenders. Rossini snuck in behind them to pick up the puck and then slipped the puck under Flagg for her fourth goal of the season. 

Lambert made 15 saves to improve to 6-1-0 on the year and finish off a perfect 3-0 week in goal. Flagg made 24 saves for UMass Boston to fall to 1-2-1. 

Norwich is off for nearly a month as the Cadets return to action on Sunday, January 6 when they host the ninth annual East-West Hockey Classic, which could end up featuring the top-four ranked teams in the country for the second time in its history. Norwich will face Elmira at 2 p.m. in the opening game with Adrian and Plattsburgh State set to face off at 5 p.m. in the other semifinal.