#6/#4 Norwich Downs Southern Maine 6-1
GORHAM, Maine -- Six different players scored goals as the nationally-ranked Norwich University Cadets defeated the University of Southern Maine Huskies 6-1 in a New England Hockey Conference women's game Saturday afternoon at the USM Ice Arena.
The Cadets snapped a two-game winless skid (0-1-1) with the win and improved to 15-4-2 overall and 12-0-1 in league play. The Huskies fall to 7-9-5 overall and 4-5-3 in NEHC games.
Norwich grabbed a 2-0 lead midway through the first period with goals 36 seconds apart from sophomore KC Herne (Akwesasne, N.Y.) and freshman Blossom Truel (Stratford, Wis.). Herne's goal at 8:26 was a misplay by a USM defender trying to clear the puck. Truel was in the right place on the power play to bury the puck into the open side of the net at 9:02.
The Huskies gained some life at 14:40 scoring on the power play. With the puck in tight quarters and players whacking away, rookie Shannon Douglas (Telford, England) stuffed the puck in at the left post for her second goal of the season. Senior Jensen Hamblett (Hinesburg, Vt.) and rookie Brianna Doty (Lyndonville, Vt.) earned the assists.
Just when it looked like the Huskies would escape the period down 2-1, junior Kelley Madden (Novelty, Ohio) scored with 12 seconds left to send the Cadets to the locker room up 3-1.
Junior Maddie Blauth (Pennington, N.J.) had the lone goal of the second period at 11:19 to make it 4-1 in favor of the Cadets.
The Cadets struck in lightning fashion in the third period getting a pair of goals 15 seconds apart. Junior Amanda Conway (Methuen, Mass.) struck at 8:57 for her team-leading 23rd goal of the season, and senior captain Bryn Labbe (Calgary, Alberta) made it 6-1 from low in the right-wing circle at 9:12.
Norwich piled up a 44-10 advantage in shots on goal in the game. NU sophomore goalie Emily Lambert finished with nine saves, six coming in the first period. USM junior Whitney Padgett (Eden Prairie, Minn.) stopped 38 shots.
Madden and Labbe each finished with a goal and an assist. Sophomore Samantha Benoit (Bow, N.H.) and juniors Kirsten Watts (Chugiak, Alaska) and Sophie McGovern (Hermantown, Minn.) each had two assists.
Southern Maine will be back on the USM Ice Arena ice on Friday (4 p.m.) hosting Suffolk University in an NEHC game. Norwich will play at Suffolk in its next game on Saturday (7:30 p.m.).