NORTHFIELD — Freshman forward Ann-Frederique Guay scored twice to lead the Norwich University women’s ice hockey team to a 3-1 win over UMass-Boston on Friday in New England Hockey Conference action at Kreitzberg Arena.
Norwich (18-4-2, 15-0 NEHC) extended its unbeaten streak to 49 straight games in conference action and swept the season series from the Beacons.
After a scoreless first period, Norwich took the lead on a shorthanded goal by Kelley Madden, who scored for the ninth time this season. Madden took advantage of a UMass-Boston player tripping toward the ice and coasted into the zone all alone. She skated down the middle and snapped a wrist shot off the right post to make it 1-0 33 seconds into the second period. Kayla Goleniak picked up the assist after knocking the puck out of the zone from behind the net.
UMass-Boston responded with a shorthanded goal of its own during a 2-on-1 rush. Katie Leffler and Kelsey Ryan skated in from the left and fed a pass over to Katie Leffler, who was all alone with just Norwich goalie Alexa Berg in the way. Leffler deked and beat Berg to tie the score at 1 at the 6:39 mark.
Norwich regained the lead 1:28 later, with Guay scoring on a backhand shot for her 11th goal of the season. Samantha Benoit and Ingrid Holstad-Berge picked up assists.
The Cadets added an insurance tally in the final minute of the game, with Guay lifting the puck over the shoulder short side on Caty Flagg for her 12th goal of the year. Benoit picked up the assist after a nice individual effort where she skated past three UMass-Boston defenders.
Norwich outshot UMass Boston 40-25 in the game. Berg made 24 saves to improve to 7-3-2 this season. Flagg made 37 saves to fall to 11-9-3 on the season.
Norwich will close out the regular season at 1 p.m. Saturday when it hosts Johnson & Wales. Prior to the game, Norwich will honor its seven seniors in a pre-game ceremony for Senior Day.