Women’s Hockey: Norwich Rallies for 2-2 Tie With Middlebury

Courtesy Norwich Sports Information

NORTHFIELD. – The Norwich University women’s ice hockey team skated to a 2-2 tie with Middlebury College on Tuesday night in a top-10 ranked non-conference showdown at Kreitzberg Arena.


No. 1/2 Norwich (19-1-3, 12-0-0 NEHC) tied the game with 1:17 left with senior forward Sarah Schwenzfeier (Hingham, Mass.)scoring her 11th goal of the season on a rebound to knot the game at 2-2. Sophomore forward Maddi Blauth (Pennington, N.J.)picked up the assist after firing a shot from the point that was blocked by a Middlebury defender and landed right on the stick of Schwenzfeier. Schwenzfeier took care of the rest and fired a wrist shot into the left corner of the net to bring the home crowd to its feet.


No. 4/6 Middlebury (14-4-2, 10-1-1 NESCAC) built up a 2-0 lead in the first period with goals by Jenna Marotta and Jessica Young.


Marotta opened the scoring at the 5:09 mark of the first period with her second goal of the season. Marotta scored on a wrist shot from the point through traffic that beat NU senior goalie Laurie King (Waddington, N.Y.). Ellie Barney and Elise Park picked up the assists on the goal.


The Panthers extended the lead to 2-0 at the 19:16 mark of the first period with Young picking the puck up behind her own net and going coast to coast, speeding past a pair of NU defenders and then rifling a wrist shot into the top right corner of the net for her 13th goal of the season.


Norwich finally got on the board with junior Bryn Labbe (Calgary, Alberta) tallying her 11th goal of the season on a rebound at the side of the net after Samatha Benoit (Bow, N.H.) hit the post. Labbe collected the puck and banked a shot off a Middlebury defender and into the back of the net for the goal. Amanda Conway (Methuen, Mass.) picked up the secondary assist on the goal after feeding the puck across the ice to Benoit.


After a slow start to the game, Norwich outshot Middlebury 13-9 in the second period and 7-4 in the third period.


King made 21 saves to bring her record to 15-1-3 on the season. Lin Han made 27 saves for Middlebury to put her record at 7-3-1.


Norwich closes out the 2017-18 regular season on the road at Southern Maine and University of New England on Friday andSaturday.


The Cadets will return home on Saturday, Feb. 17 when it hosts the NEHC Tournament Quarterfinals against a to be determined opponent.