Top-Ranked Norwich Rolls Over Southern Maine

Junior goalie Britney Evangelista stopped a career-high 55 shots in USM's loss at Norwich Friday night (file photo by Jason Johns).
Junior goalie Britney Evangelista stopped a career-high 55 shots in USM's loss at Norwich Friday night (file photo by Jason Johns).

(With contributions from Norwich University Sports Information)

            NORTHFIELD, Vt. -- The top-ranked Norwich University women's ice hockey continued its explosive offensive week by downing the University of Southern Maine, 10-0, in a New England Hockey Conference game Friday afternoon at Kreitzberg Arena.

            The win extended the Cadets' unbeaten streak to eight games and a 7-0-1 overall record, equaling the team's best start in program history.  The Cadets, 5-0-0 in NEHC play, have outscored their last three opponents by a combined score 25-0.  The Huskies dropped to 2-4-0 overall and 2-3-0 in league play.

            The lone bright spot for the Huskies was the play of junior goaltender Britney Evangelista (North Smithfield, R.I.) who stopped a career-high 55 shots.  Evangelista's 55 saves equaled the second highest single-game total in school history, and was just four saves shy of the school record.

            Senior forward Sarah Schwenzfeier (Hingham, Mass.) tallied five points to lead the Cadets' offense in the victory.  Sophomores Alyssa Hulst (Scarborough, Maine) and Amanda Conway (Methuen, Mass.), as well as junior Adrieana Rossini (Malden, Mass.), each scored twice as well to lead the NU offense.

            Norwich rookie goalie Emily Lambert (Riverview, Mich.) picked up her first collegiate shutout after making six saves to improve to 2-0-0 on the season.

            Norwich jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the 4:26 mark of the first period with Hulst scoring her fifth goal of the season off an assist from Rossini.  Schwenzfeier cycled the puck along the right wall to Rossini, who curled out of the corner and fed a pass to the slot where Hulst finished it off into the top corner of the net.

            Junior Maggie Conroy (Batavia, Ill.) doubled the lead to 2-0 at the 8:19 mark of the first period with an unassisted goal.  Conroy took the puck off the boards in the neutral zone and drove to the net. S he had her first attempt blocked by Evangelista, but kept skating forward and knocked the puck home off a scrum in the crease.

            Rossini increased the lead to 3-0 at the 16:22 mark with a power-play goal off an assist from Schwenzfeier.  Schwenzfeier skated the puck up the right boards and sent a crossing pass over to Rossini in front and she redirected the puck into the net for her third goal of the season.  Hulst picked up the second assist on the goal for her second point of the night.

            The Cadets added five goals in the second period, and two more in the third for the final tally.  Norwich finished the game converting 5-of-6 power plays, and outshot USM 65-6.

            Southern Maine looks to rebound on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) playing at Castleton University.  Norwich looks to stretch its unbeaten string to nine hosting the University of New England on Saturday (1:00 p.m.).