#4/#5 Norwich Gets the Jump to Defeat Southern Maine 4-1
GORHAM, Maine -- The #4/#5-ranked Norwich University Cadets scored three goals in the opening 14:30 en route to a 4-1 victory over the University of Southern Maine Huskies Friday in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) women's game at the USM Ice Arena.
The win was the second straight for the Cadets, and improved their record to 13-3-1 overall and 9-1-0 in NEHC play. The Huskies dropped to 5-12-0 overall and 3-7-0 in the conference.
Junior Kim Tiberi (Raleigh, N.C.) put Norwich on top at 4:01 when her shot from the top of the left-wing circle found the net for a power-play marker. Just over seven minutes later, sophomore Adrieana Rossini (Malden, Mass.) scored from slot to make it 2-0. Junior Sarah Schwenzfeier (Hingham, Mass.) stuffed home a rebound of Tiberi's shot at the left post for another power-play goal for the Cadets at 14:30.
Southern Maine called its timeout and switched goaltenders in an attempt to stem Norwich's momentum. Sophomore goalie Britney Evangelista (North Smithfield, R.I.) came on to make seven saves over the final 5:30 to keep the Huskies' deficit at 3-0.
The Huskies crept back within two with the only goal of the second period. Sophomore Julia Ormsby (Barre, Vt.) fired home the rebound of a shot by senior Olivia Barragree (Red Lodge, Mont.) at 13:34. Barragree, sent into the offensive zone by junior Tatiana Doucette (Lynn, Mass.), had her shot stopped by Norwich junior goalie Laurie King (Waddington, N.Y.), but the rebound went to Ormsby in the left-wing circle and the second-year center found the open side.
Southern Maine hung around into the third period before Norwich put the game away at 14:19. Just seconds after a Cadet power play had expired, senior Adelle Murphy (Roseau, Minn.) walked out of the left-wing corner and beat Evangelista top shelf for her fourth goal of the season.
Norwich piled up a 40-15 advantage in shots on goal and went 2-for-4 on the power play. King stopped 14 shots to remain undefeated on the season at 11-0-1. Junior Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.) started between the pipes foe USM and had four saves before giving way to Evangelista who made 32 saves.
Tiberi had two assists to go along with her first-period goal for a three-point game. Schwenzfeier and Murphy each finished with a goal and an assist.
Southern Maine will host Castleton University in a NEHC game Saturday afternoon (1:00 p.m.). Norwich heads to Biddeford, Maine, to play the University on New England on Saturday (4:00 p.m.).