NORTHFIELD — The Norwich University men’s ice hockey team’s offensive woes continued Saturday afternoon during a 1-0 loss against Suffolk in New England Hockey Conference action.
Freshman forward Eric Wright scored at 3:07 of the third period off a wild scramble in front of the net to lift the Rams to their first NEHC victory in their first year in the conference.
All 10 skaters on the ice, including Norwich freshman goalie Adam Mercer, were scrambling around the net after an initial shot hit off Mercer’s shoulder and landed near the crease. The battle was on from there, as players were diving all over the place. Wright finally won out, stuffing the puck over the goal line for his first collegiate goal.
Norwich (5-3-1, 3-3-0 NEHC) outshot Suffolk 35-21, holding a 16-6 edge in the first period and an 11-5 advantage in the final period. But the Cadets were unable to solve Suffolk goalie Michael Levine.
The Cadets fired a couple shots off the post in the first 10 minutes, but they were unable to light the lamp despite holding a big territorial and possession advantage. Freshman Noah Williams and sophomore Coby Downs led Norwich with six shots and five shots on goal, respectively.
Norwich will travel to play the University of Southern Maine on Friday.
Johnson & Wales 0
NORTHFIELD — The Cadets easily skated past the Wildcats on Saturday afternoon in the first meeting between the two schools.
Norwich recorded its largest margin of victory since a 14-0 win over Plymouth State in 2012. Junior Amanda Conway and senior Bryn Labbe scored two goals apiece, while senior Adrieana Rossini dished out three assist for Norwich (7-2). Conway became the eighth player in program history to reach 100 career points. She has piled up 64 goals and 36 assists during 62 career games.
Norwich freshman Alexa Berg stopped all 13 shots she faced to pick up her first shutout.
Thirteen players got on the scoresheet, with freshman defenseman Morgan Tefft opening the scoring with her first collegiate goal at 3:56 of the first period.
Tefft’s goal on a failed clearing attempt by JWU was the start of a four-goal first period by the Cadets. Tefft corralled a clearing attempt at the top of the slot and fired a wrist shot through traffic that beat JWU goalie Jasmine Mucci. Labbe scored her first goal of the game 26 seconds later on an assist from Rossini for a rebound goal.
Conway scored her team-leading ninth and 10th goals of the season at the 6:10 mark and the 14:39 mark to stretch the lead to 4-0. Sophie McGovern picked up the assist on her first goal after the initial shot hit the post and was sitting on the goal line, allowing Conway to crash in from the weak side and shovel it into an open net.
Sophomore Nicole Lorenzo connected with Conway on a breakaway with a clearing pass from her own zone to set up her second goal. Conway slid the puck past Mucci for her 10th goal of the season. Maddie Moell and Labbe added more goals in the second period for a 6-0 lead.
The Cadets hammered home six more goals in the third period. Conway notched her 100th point with the primary assist on Hulst’s goal for the 12th goal of the game. McGovern, Belle Lacombe, Brynn Wopperer, Maddi Blauth and Blossom Truel completed the scoring. Norwich outshot JWU 48-13 and finished 2 of 3 on the power play.
The Cadets will travel to play Connecticut College on Tuesday before returning to Kreitzberg Arena to host Suffolk at 7 p.m. on Friday.
Hamilton 62, Norwich 43
NORTHFIELD — The Continentals won the 2018 Ed Hockenbury Classic Championship on Saturday afternoon.
Hamilton started the game with a 25-8 run. Norwich outscored the Continentals in the second quarter, but the Cadets still faced a 35-19 halftime deficit and never pulled much closer after the break.
Freshman Mary Casamassa led Norwich with 16 points on a 7-of-18 shooting effort. Senior Emily Oliver pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds. Classmate Vanessa Fleury filled the stat sheet with six points, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal. Norwich shot 27 percent from the field and 11 percent from 3-point range.
Carly O’Hern was the driving force for Hamilton, scoring 14 points in the first quarter on her way to a game-high 21 points and eight rebounds. Teammate Halie Serbent added seven points, four rebounds and three assists, while Mia Caterisano contributed nine points and five rebounds from off the bench.
Framingham State earned a 78-43 victory over the University of Maine at Augusta in the consolation game. Abbey Battaini led the Rams with 14 points and eight rebounds from off the bench. Mary Kate O’Day tallied 12 points and seven rebounds for the Rams who shot 50 percent from the field. The Moose were led by Caitlin LaFountain (20 points, 11 rebounds).
O’Hern was named the tourney’s Most Outstanding Player. The All-Tournament Team featured Sidney Moore (Maine-Augusta), Emily Velozo (Framingham), Emily Oliver (Norwich) and Halie Serbent (Hamilton).
Norwich (2-5) will host NVU-Lyndon at 7 p.m. Tuesday.