NORTHFIELD — Four Norwich women’s hockey players scored Friday and the Cadets won their seventh game in a row with a 5-0 victory over Suffolk.
Norwich led 2-0 after the first period and carried a 3-0 advantage into the final period. The Cadets opened the scoring at 6:26 of the first period when Nicole Lorenzo scored on a Brynn Wopperer assist. Norwich doubled the lead with a power-play goal at 18:19 of the first period. Sophie McGovern, the hero of last year’s NCAA Championship victory, found the back of the net on assists by Alyssa Hults and Robyn Foley.
Suffolk was called for an interference penalty at 9:51 of the second period and Norwich capitalized with the extra skater. McGovern’s goal at 11:17 gave Norwich a 3-0 lead, with Hulst and Amanda Conway registering assists. Kerne scored on assists from Morgan Tefft and Jessica Piracini at 6:20 of the final period. Assists by Robyn Foley and Conway allowed Hulst to cap the scoring with a power-play goal at 15:51.
Norwich netminder Emily Lambert stopped 23 shots, while Suffolk goalie Kristen Caporusso made 36 saves. Both teams piled up 10 penalty minutes after committing five infractions. The Cadets wound up 3 of 4 on power-play opportunities. Norwich outshot Suffolk 16-7 in the opening period, held a 7-6 edge in the second and enjoyed an 18-10 advantage in the third.
Suffolk (7-4-1) will host Franklin Pierce at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Norwich (9-2) will host UMass-Boston at 3 p.m. Saturday, and the Cadets enter the game with an 8-0 record at home. The Cadets will enjoy a month-long break for the holidays before returning to action Jan. 6 against Elmira in the 9th annual East-West Hockey Classic. Adrian and Plattsburgh State will also compete in the tournament.
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GORHAM, Maine — Norwich goalie Tom Aubrun earned his first shutout of the season and a handful of teammates recorded multiple points during Friday’s victory.
Brett Ouderkirk recorded one even-strength goal and also scored on a power play, guiding the Cadets past the Huskies. Coby Downs scored one goal and dished out two assists, while teammates Jordan Hall and Scott Swanson notched one goal and one assist apiece. Aubrun made a handful of difficult saves, surviving some close calls at the end of the second period.
Southern Maine (1-9-2) will host Castleton at 4 p.m. Saturday. Norwich (6-3-1) will travel to play New England College at the same time. Following an extended break, Norwich will host Neumann on Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Northfield Savings Bank Holiday Tournament. The Cadets will face Endicott or Buffalo State the following day.