Women’s Hockey: Norwich shuts out New England College, 8-0

Women’s Hockey: Norwich shuts out New England College, 8-0

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Senior forwards Kelley Madden (Novelty, Ohio) and Amanda Conway (Methuen, Mass.) each scored twice and had an assist to lead the Norwich University women's ice hockey team to an 8-0 victory over New England College on Friday afternoon at Kreitzberg Arena. 

Norwich (3-1-0, 2-0-0 NEHC) scored four goals in each of the first two periods to extend its unbeaten streak to 35 straight in league contests.

Junior Samantha Benoit (Bow, N.H.) and sophomore Morgan Tefft (Redwood City, Calif.) each had three assists as well to help lead the Cadets' offense to its highest goal total of the season to date. 

Madden scored the first goal of the game at the 3:23 mark of the first period off assists from Emma O'Neill (Hamburg, N.Y.) and Brynn Wopperer (Amherst, N.Y.). Madden shoveled home a rebound from the top of the crease after NEC starting goalie Cianna Weir made an initial save on O'Neill's shot from the point. 

Freshman Mikah Baptiste (Ottawa, Ontario) scored her second goal of the season at the 5:24 mark with a wrist shot from the high slot off assists from Tefft and Benoit. 

Conway scored her first goal of the season on a breakaway at the 8:37 mark of the first period to increase the lead to 3-0. Benoit threaded a perfect breakout pass from the defensive zone to spring Conway on a breakaway at the NEC blue line. Conway made a move around Weir and tucked the puck behind the NEC goalie for the 85th goal of her career. 

Ann-Frederique Guay (St-Lambert-de-Lauzon, Québec) scored her team-leading third goal of the season with 38 seconds left in the first period to increase the Cadets' lead to 4-0 heading into the first intermission. Guay and Ingrid Holstad-Berge worked a pretty 2-on-1 give-and-go rush to beat Weir. 

Norwich wasted little time in the second period to keep the offense rolling with goals by Sophie McGovern (Hermantown, Minn.) and Madden just 28 seconds apart to increase the lead to 6-0 and force NEC to call timeout and pull Weir. McGovern scored with an assist from Conway, while Madden redirected a shot from Tefft at the point over the shoulder of Weir for her second of the game. 

Blossom Truel (Stratford, Wis.) tied Guay for the team lead with her third goal of the season at the 6:20 mark of the second period, while Conway capped the scoring with a shorthanded tally at 11:30. 

Sophomore Kate Winstanley (Lansdale, Pa.) stopped all four shots she faced to pick up her first shutout of the season and the third of her career. 

Norwich outshot NEC 61-4. Weir made 20 saves before being pulled, while Sean D'Urso came on to make 33 stops in relief. 

Norwich will travel to Hartford, Conn. on Saturday to take on Trinity (Conn.) in non-conference action. The meeting will mark the first between Norwich's first two assistant coaches in their first head coaching positions with Keith Maurice '02 leading the Bantams for the fifth season, while Sophie Leclerc is in her first season at the helm of the Cadets' program. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m.