#4 Norwich Holds Off Southern Maine 2-1
GORHAM, Maine -- Junior goalie Taylor Fairchild (Overland Park, Kan.) stopped 16 shots as the fourth-ranked Norwich University Cadets held off the upset-minded University of Southern Maine Huskies, 2-1, in an ECAC Women's East game Saturday afternoon at the USM Ice Arena.
The win was the third straight for the Cadets who improved to 12-3-0 overall. The Cadets are unbeaten in league play (8-0-0) and remain atop the standings. The Huskies, who came into the game tied for second place just two points behind the Cadets, slipped to 9-7-1 overall and 6-2-0 in the league. The two sides will meet again at Norwich on January 31.
Norwich took a 1-0 lead at 5:21 of the first period when freshman Shalyn Pavlisko (Oshawa, Ont.) netted her second goal of the season off an assist from senior Elle Kadel (Fairbanks, Alaska).
Sophomore Maggie Cross (Wattsburg, Pa.) doubled the Cadets advantage at 2:39 of the middle period with a power-play goal. Cross' shot found its way past a screen and eluded USM junior goaltender Liz Bergstrom (Chanhassen, Minn.). The goal was the second of the season for Cross. Junior Kaycie Anderson (Maple Plain, Minn.) and senior Haley Gibson (Richmond, Ont.) picked up the assists.
Southern Maine got one goal back late in the second period when freshman Lynn Kozlowski (Stoneham, Mass.) picked off an errant clearing attempt and beat Fairchild from about 25 feet out for her second marker of the campaign.
Fairchild and her defensive mates protected the lead the remainder of the way. Bergstrom matched her at the other end to keep the Huskies within one. Bergstrom made back-to-back stops on seniors Megan Papagno (Wakefield, Mass.) and Kayla Parsons (Fairbanks, Alaska) shortly before heading to the bench for the extra attacker.
Norwich finished the game with an 18-17 advantage in shots on goal. The Cadets converted on 1 of 2 power-play opportunities while successfully killing off all three Huskies power plays.
Southern Maine is at home again next weekend hosting Salve Regina University on Friday (4:00 p.m.) and Holy Cross on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) in ECAC Women's East play. Norwich will travel next weekend to the University of Massachusetts Boston on Friday (4:00 p.m.) and Saint Anselm College on Saturday (3:00 pm.).