Women’s Hockey: Norwich Grounds Gulls 6-2

Courtesy Norwich Sports Information

NORTHFIELD –– The Norwich University women’s ice hockey team made its home debut in impressive fashion with a 6-2 victory over Endicott College in non-league action on Tuesday night at Kreitzberg Arena.

Junior Blossom Truel (Stratford, Wis.) and freshman Ann-Frederique Guay (St-Lambert-de-Lauzon, Quebec) led Norwich (2-1-0, 1-0-0 NEHC) with two goals apiece as the Cadets improved to 2-0-1 all-time vs. Endicott.

Freshman Ingrid Holstad-Berge (Stavanger, Norway) added a goal and two assists, while sophomore Carley Sedlar (Howell, Mich.) had a goal and an assist to round out the offensive leaders.

Sophomore goalie Alexa Berg (West Fargo, N.D.) made 16 saves to earn her first victory of the season.

Norwich opened the scoring just 2:45 into the game with Guay sniping a wrist shot over the glove of Endicott starting goalie Alyssa Peterson. Samantha Benoit (Bow, N.H.) picked up her first of two assists on the game on Guay’s first goal.

Guay scored again at the 12:01 mark, sliding home a loose puck in the crease off a scrum for her second of the day. Guay shoveled the puck over the goal line from the left side of the net after a shot from Holstad-Berge was saved and then the puck deflected off the glove of Sedlar and settled near the post before Guay stuffed it home.

Truel scored just 43 seconds later with her first of the game with a wrist shot while cutting across the top of the right circle off a pretty pass from Benoit through three defenders.

Sedlar made it 4-0 at the 2:31 mark of the second period off assists from Guay and Berge. Berge slid a pass over to Guay, who poked at the puck off the pad of Peterson. Sedlar was first to the rebound, slapping a shot past Peterson.

Endicott (3-1-0, 2-0-0 Colonial) scored its first of two power play goals in the game with Courtney Sullivan slamming home a rebound through the five-hole of Berg after she made the initial save on a shot by Jade Meier. Michaela McNamara picked up the second assist on the goal.

Truel scored her second goal of the game off assists from Kelley Madden (Novelty, Ohio) and Kirsten Watts (Chugiak, Alaska). Watts took an initial shot from the point that Madden got a piece of and Peterson made the save on. However, the rebound was left sitting in the crease and Truel pounced on it to put it home for her second of the game and make it 5-1 Norwich.

Jillian Gibbs cut the Norwich lead to 5-2 at the 5:41 mark of the third period, one-timing a rebound home from the left faceoff circle off assists from Meier and McNamara.

Holstad-Berge capped the scoring with 25 seconds left with a power play goal off assists from Mikah Baptiste (Ottawa, Ontario) and Amanda Conway (Methuen, Mass.).

Norwich will return to action on Friday, Nov. 15 when it hosts New England College at 4 p.m. in NEHC play at Kreitzberg Arena.