NORTHFIELD — The Norwich University women’s ice hockey team suffered a 3-0 loss against Elmira on Sunday in the opening game of the ninth annual East-West Hockey Classic.
The Cadets will face Adrian in Monday’s 1 p.m. consolation game. Plattsburgh State play face Elmira in Monday’s 4 p.m. championship at Kreitzberg Arena.
The Cadets fell for the second straight time against the Soaring Eagles in a rematch of the 2018 NCAA Division III National Championship. Elmira (9-2-1) relied on goals from Meg Lahey, Ariella Haas and Shannon Strawinski as well as 17 saves from goalie Stephanie Martin. The Soaring Eagles capped a regular-season sweep over the Cadets following their 4-2 victory in October.
After a scoreless first period, Elmira finally broke the deadlock at the 11:16 mark with a power-play goal by Lahey off assists from Maddy Jerolman and Kristin Chivers. Lahey sniped a wrist shot over the glove of a sprawled-out Emily Lambert (21 saves) to give the Soaring Eagles a 1-0 lead.
Elmira’s Ariella Haas scored again at the 13:37 mark just seconds after another NU penalty expired to increase the lead to 2-0. Haas fired a wrist shot that hit off the crossbar and deflected across the goal line on a pass from Jerolman. Lahey notched the second assist.
The Soaring Eagles finished the scoring at 18:55 of the third period, with Shannon Strawinski beating Lambert over the glove from the top of the slot for another power-play goal. Katie Granato and Maddy Evangelous registered assists.
Plattsburgh State 2, Adrian 0
NORTHFIELD — The Cardinals opened up the New Year with a victory Sunday, avenging their only loss of season by shutting out the Bulldgos.
Plattsburgh State is ranked at No. 2 in both the USCHO.com Women’s Division III Top-10 Poll and the D3hockey.com Women’s Top-10 Poll. Adrian is ranked at No. 1 in both the USCHO.com Women’s D-III Top-10 Poll and the D3hockey.com Women’s Top-10 Poll.
Freshman forward Nicole Unsworth scored her first collegiate goal 8:21 into the first period to help lift the Cardinals past the Bulldogs. Senior forward Courtney Moriarty capped the scoring with her seventh goal of the season.
Plattsburgh State finished with a 27-17 edge in shots on goal but ended up going 0 of 4 on the power play. The Cardinals’ penalty-kill unit kept Adrian off the board during its two power-play opportunities. Plattsburgh State remains the only NCAA D-IIII team this season to boast a 100 percent penalty-kill percentage.
Cardinals senior goaltender Kassi Abbott earned her 17th career shutout by making 17 saves. Abbott moved into sole possession of first place in Division III in shutouts with eight this season. She is the D-III leader in goals-against average (0.35) and save percentage (.981). Turner stopped 25 shots for the Bulldogs.