NORTHFIELD — Norwich’s Amanda Conway was in a record-setting mood during Saturday’s 10-2 women’s college hockey victory over Plymouth State.
The junior forward tied 2012 graduate Julie Fortier for the program’s single-game points record with four goals and two assists Saturday, leading the Cadets to a dominant victory over Plymouth State at Kreitzberg Arena.
Conway also tied the single-game scoring record with her four goals while establishing a personal single-game career-high. She has tallied five career hat tricks at Norwich and has piled up 71 goals during 68 games.
Norwich improves to 12-3 overall and 10-0 in New England Hockey Conference action. The Cadets extended their conference winning streak to 28 games.
Junior Sophie McGovern tallied one goal and three assists for NU, while senior defensemen Carly Menges and Robyn Foley each had three-point games.
Norwich scored early and often, setting the tone 29 seconds into action. Conway scored her 14th goal of the season off assists from McGovern and Menges. McGovern directed a pass toward Conway to spring her free on a breakaway. Conway she took care of the rest slipping the puck through Plymouth State starting goaltender Gabbie Igo to make it 1-0.
Junior Kelley Madden stayed hot with her third goal in the last two games, tipping a shot from the point by Foley past Igo to make it 2-0.
Madden had a hand in the Cadets’ third goal as well with a hard forecheck into the zone to steal a puck away from a Plymouth State defender and feed Maddi Blauth in the slot. The goal chased Igo from the net and prompted Plymouth State to call a timeout.
McGovern made it 4-0 at 14:06 of the first period with a goal off an assist from Conway. Plymouth State (2-9-3, 2-4-3 NEHC) cut into the lead at the 15:39 mark of the first period, with Brooke Maggy ripping a wrist shot off the inside of the right goal post from the bottom of the right face-off circle after she skated in from the wing.
Conway helped the Cadets regain a four-goal lead at the 17:29 mark of the first period off assists from Labbe and McGovern. Norwich started off the second period strong with Brynn Wopperer tallying her fourth goal of the season, stretching the lead to 6-1. Maggie Conroy and Foley notched assists.
Conway completed the hat trick at the 13:56 mark of the second period off assists from McGovern and Menges. McGovern had her initial shot blocked but Conway fired home the rebound for her 16th of the season. Plymouth State’s Julie Nagle scored with an unassisted effort at 17:16 of the second period for her second goal of the year. Conway, Foley and Samantha Benoit added third-period goals to cap the scoring.
Norwich freshman goalie Alex Berg made 18 saves in her first start since Dec. 1. She improved to 4-1 on the season. Norwich will travel to play Endicott College on Monday for a non-conference clash. The Cadets will be making their first trip to the Raymond J. Bourque Arena in Beverly, Mass.
Norwich 3, Skidmore 3
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Skidmore battled back twice to force overtime Saturday, setting up a tie against the Cadets during a New England Hockey Conference battle.
The Thoroughbreds are 9-6-2 overall and 5-3-2 in the league. The Cadets are 8-4-3 overall and 5-4-1 in the conference. It was the second overtime game of the season between the teams. Skidmore lost, 2-1, in extra time at Norwich on Nov. 2.
The rematch featured end-to-end skating for 65 minutes, with few stops and only one penalty. The Thoroughbreds scored on the game’s second shift when Brandon Borges tallied the first of his two goals at 1:10 from Avery Steele and Reid Russell. Norwich pulled even with a quick transition goal by a fast-moving Maxime Borduas from Jordan Hall at 13:37.
The Cadets went in front 2-1 on a broken-play goal by Brett Ouderkirk. Noah Williams and Colby Downs notched assists at 17:32.
Borges tied it with the lone goal of the second period when Avery Steele’s original shot clanged off the crossbar. Borges cleaned up the rebound with his fifth of the season at 11:09. Will Steele recorded the second assist.
Norwich pulled back in front in the third period when Borduas raced up the right side to find Felix Brassard alone in front of the net for his fifth goal of the season at 4:40. Josh Cronin recorded the second assist.
The teams traded chances over the next 10 minutes and then Skidmore broke through to tie the score. Matt Wolf won a faceoff to the left of Cadets goalie Tom Auburn. Wolf moved in front of the net and knocked a rebound past Auburn to tie the game at 15:58. Tyler Hall picked up the assist.
During the end-to-end overtime action, Tim Allen nearly won it for the Thoroughbreds when Auburn turned away his wrap-around shot at the buzzer.
Goalie Brandon Kasel had 21 saves for Skidmore, including three in the overtime. Auburn also finished with 21 saves, including two in the extra period.
The Thoroughbreds will host Hobart on Friday at 7 p.m. The Cadets will host Babson the same day.
Regis 63, Norwich 60
WESTON, Mass. — The Pride took down the Cadets on Saturday in Great Northeast Athletic Conference action.
The matchup featured 10 lead changes and four ties. Norwich trailed by a single point with four minutes remaining, and the defensive units for both sides stepped up and held their opponent scoreless for over three minutes until Regis broke the dry spell with 42 seconds remaining. The Pride made a pair of free-throw attempts to make it 61-58. Norwich had a chance to tie the game late but couldn’t convert.
Riley Bennett led the Cadets with a career-high 18 points on a 7-of-10 shooting effort from the field. Teammate Mary Casamassa recorded a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double to go along with five assists and three steals. Casamassa and Emily Oliver played all 40 minutes, with Oliver collecting 11 points, eight rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals.
Norwich falls to 6-8 overall and 1-2 in the GNAC. The Cadets will travel to play Bates at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Regis 66, Norwich 56
WESTON, Mass. — The Pride used a hot start to deny the Cadets on Saturday during Great Northeast Athletic Conference action.
The Pride came out firing, utilizing an 18-2 run to build a 25-9 lead midway through the first half. The Cadets struggled to keep up offensively, going 9 of 29 from the field in the first half. Regis led 34-25 at halftime and outscored Norwich in the second half.
Freshman Caleb Casinas led the way for Norwich with a career-high 20 points. He came off the bench to go 7 of 12 from the field. Northfield native Kyle Booth contributed 15 points and nine rebounds for Norwich, while Christopher Bryant had a game-high 10 rebounds to go along with four points and three steals.
Norwich falls to 6-9 overall and 0-3 within the conference. The Cadets will face New England College in non-conference action at 5 p.m. Thursday.