Women’s Hockey: Norwich, Middlebury and St. Mike’s All Score Wins

Courtesy Norwich, Middlebury and St. Michael’s Sports Information

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HENNIKER, NH. — Senior forward Amanda Conway (Methuen, Mass.) became the seventh player in NCAA Division III women’s ice hockey history to score 100 career goals with a pair of goals in Saturday’s 6-0 win over New England College.

Conway scored shorthanded in the first period and then capped the scoring with her 16th goal of the season in the third period to become the first player in Norwich women’s ice hockey history to reach 100 career goals. To make the moment even more special, Conway hit the mark while playing in her 100th career game at Norwich.

Fellow senior Kelley Madden (Novelty, Ohio) had her second straight game with two goals, while classmate Sophie McGovern (Hermantown, Minn.) notched four assists to lead the Cadets’ offense in the game.

Ingrid Holstad-Berge (Stavanger, Norway) and Carley Sedlar (Howell, Mich.) also recorded goals as Norwich swept the season series with New England College and extended its NEHC unbeaten streak to 44 straight games.

Juniors Nicole Lorenzo (Coral Springs, Fla.) and Samantha Benoit (Bow, N.H.) each had two assists to round out Norwich’s offensive leaders in the game.

Norwich outshot New England College 65-14 in the game. Junior Emily Lambert (Riverview, Mich.) stopped all 14 shots she faced to pick up her 10th career shutout.

Norwich (13-4-1, 10-0-0 NEHC) has outscored its opponents 62-2 so far in NEHC games this year.

Holstad-Berge scored what would prove to be the game-winning goal at the 3:49 mark of the first period off assists from McGovern and Ann-Frederique Guay (St. Lambert-de-Lauzon, Quebec).

Norwich finally concludes its seven-game road trip next weekend when it travels to Salem State on Friday for a 7 p.m. contest, before taking on Johnson & Wales on Saturday at 3:55 p.m.

The Cadets return home to Kreitzberg Arena on Tuesday, Feb. 4 when they host Middlebury College in a Vermont intrastate showdown scheduled for 7 p.m.

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s Maddie Bayard scored a power-play goal with 5:54 remaining, lifting the second-ranked Panthers to 2-1 NESCAC triumph over visiting Colby on Saturday. Middlebury (12-1-2, 7-0-1) continues conference play next weekend with a series at Hamilton, while the Mules (9-4-2, 5-2-1) host the University of New England on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.

Middlebury got off to a quick start, opening the scoring 2:55 into the contest. Katie Hargrave swept in her own rebound from top of the crease after taking a nice pass from Madie Leidt along the left boards. Middlebury goalie Lin Han came up with a shoulder save on a breakaway by Colby’s Moira Mullaney with 11:15 on the clock. Han also helped the Panthers kill off back-to-back penalties late in the frame, including 18 seconds of a 5-3 disadvantage. Ellie Barney nearly gave the hosts a two-goal lead in the final seconds, but was stopped on a breakaway by Mule goalie Cierra San Roman.

The teams skated through a scoreless middle stanza, but each team had chances. Middlebury hit a pair of pipes, as Leidt hit one while on a power play and Ashley McDonald dinged another with the team shorthanded. Han had her best save of the game just before the midway point, making a sprawling stop with her left skate to deny Lauren Klein’s deflection from the doorstep.

In the final 20 minutes, the visitors tied the score with 10:05 on the clock when Bri Michaud-Nolan’s shot from the left point eluded traffic and went in behind Han. Middlebury netted the eventual game winner with 5:54 remaining. Anna Zumwinkle’s shot from the point was tipped by Audrey Lazar with San Roman making the save, but Bayard lifted the rebound into the net for a deciding tally.

Han earned the win with 24 saves, while San Roman made 22 stops for the Mules. Colby held a slight 25-24 edge in shots, while Middlebury went 1-4 on the power play, while holding Colby scoreless on three attempts.

WINCHENDON, MA. — The Saint Michael’s College women’s ice hockey team pulled out a 2-1 victory over New England Women’s Hockey Alliance (NEWHA) foe Franklin Pierce University on Saturday at The Winchendon School’s Ritchie Ice Arena to split the weekend series.

Saint Michael’s (4-16-4, 3-12-1 NEWHA), Franklin Pierce (16-7, 9-4 NEWHA)

· Junior Maddie Gervais (Glastonbury, Conn./East Catholic), 1 goal
· Sophomore Jenna Harrison (Kitchener, Ontario/Wellesley), 1 goal (1st career)
· Senior Torrie Gray (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth North), 1 assist
· Junior Courtney Kelly (Arlington, Mass./Boston Jr. Shamrocks), 1 assist, +2
· First-year Ella Saracco (Melrose, Mass./Middlesex Islanders), 1 assist, 8-for-14 faceoffs
· Senior Vika Simons (Essex Junction, Vt./Minnesota Duluth Club), 40 saves
· First-year Maeghan Kennard (Hamlin, N.Y./Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles), 12 faceoff wins
· Junior Krista Ferrari (Dunstable, Mass./East Coast Wizards), 3 blocks

· Senior Bridgett Prentiss, 1 goal
· First-year Stefanie Caban, 1 assist
· First-year Ava Kison, 1 assist
· Sophomore Emme Ostrander, 23 saves

· This was the Purple Knights’ second win in their last three games at Franklin Pierce, with the prior two contests one-goal setbacks.
· This was Simons’ 12th 40-save game this season.
· This was the Purple Knights’ ninth game this season decided by two goals or less.
· Harrison is one of 11 players for the Purple Knights to record a goal this year.

· The Ravens had a power-play opportunity start with 12:31 gone in the first period where Simons made four saves, two of which came on Prentiss shots.
· The Purple Knights took the lead 25 seconds after the penalty kill when Saracco attempted to jam the puck into the net at the top of the Ravens’ crease, and Harrison finally got the puck into the back of the net with 14:56 gone.
· A Raven power play saw Kison move into the slot 4:31 into the second period and take a shot aimed for the top right corner, but Simons made a glove save to deny the opportunity.
· The Purple Knights extended their lead with 7:10 gone on a shorthanded goal by Gervais when a defender had the puck slip by and Gervais had a breakaway toward the net, beating Ostrander with a shot into the top right corner.
· With 1:17 gone in the third period, Kelly skated with the puck behind the Ravens’ net and drew two defenders then passed out front for senior Jordan Monbouquette (Wayland, Mass./Lawrence Academy), whose shot at the doorstep was saved by Ostrander.
· The Ravens cut the lead to one on a power-play goal 10:58 into the period after Kison pushed the puck toward goal and Prentiss blasted it into the right side of the net.
· Franklin Pierce pulled its goalie with 1:40 but Simons stopped two shots down the stretch and Saracco blocked another to keep the Ravens off the board and secure the win for the Purple Knights.

Feb. 4 vs. State University of New York at Potsdam, 6 p.m.