Norwich Edges Southern Maine 2-1

Junior Jill Hannigan scored USM's goal in a 2-1 loss at Norwich (file photo by Jason Johns).
Junior Jill Hannigan scored USM's goal in a 2-1 loss at Norwich (file photo by Jason Johns).

(Courtesy of Norwich University Sports Information)

Norwich Edges Southern Maine 2-1

            NORTHFIELD, Vt. -- Junior defenseman Kirsten Watts (Chugiak, Alaska) and senior forward Adrieana Rossini (Malden, Mass.) each scored goals as the reigning New England Hockey Conference and NCAA Division III champion Norwich University Cadets defeated the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies 2-1 Friday evening at Kreitzberg Arena.

            Norwich (3-2-0, 3-0-0 NEHC) stretched its New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) winning streak to 21 straight games with the win.  Southern Maine (2-2-1; 2-1-0) had its three-game unbeaten streak snapped by the loss.

            Norwich freshman goalie Alexa Berg (West Fargo, N.D.) made 10 saves en route to the victory.  Southern Maine junior goalie Whitney Padgett (Eden Prairie, Minn.) was brilliant all night for the Huskies in goal, stopping 47 shots to keep USM in the game until the final whistle.

            After a scoreless first period, Watts opened the scoring with her first goal of the season on the power play off assists from Bryn Labbe (Calgary, Alberta) and KC Herne (Akwesasne, N.Y.).

            Norwich extended the lead to 2-0 at the 1:18 mark of the third period when Rossini picked a USM clearing attempt off the boards in the defensive zone, skated in on Padgett and beat her on her forehand for her second goal of the season.

            USM got on the board at the 10:30 mark of the third period when junior Jill Hannigan (Portland, Maine) poked a puck off a NU defenseman's stick and sprung herself on a breakaway. Hannigan sped in the offensive zone and beat Berg with a high shot glove side to cut the deficit to 2-1 with her second goal of the season.

            Norwich held on for the final 10 minutes to secure the victory in its home opener. The Cadets are home for four more straight games as they host New England College next Friday and Castleton on Saturday.  Southern Maine takes on Castleton tomorrow afternoon.

 

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