NORTHFIELD, Vt. – UMass Boston women's ice hockey saw their 2017-18 season come to an end at the hands of nationally-ranked and top-seeded Norwich University as the second-seeded Beacons fell to the Cadets by the final of 7-0 in the New England Hockey Conference Championship game Saturday afternoon at Kreitzberg Arena.
UMass Boston 0, # 1/2 Norwich University 7
UMass Boston (12-12-3)
Norwich University (24-1-3)
HOW IT HAPPENED
With Saturday's win, the Cadets earned their second straight NEHC Tournament title and the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Beacons still hold the only win over the Cadets in the championship game, which they recorded in 2016.
Senior Alli Bianchini (Sterling Heights, Mich.), who played in her final game as a Beacon, earned All-Tournament Team honors for the second time in the last three seasons. Bianchini ended her college career, ranked fourth all-time in program history in games played with 104.
Saturday's championship marked the second in the program's history, both of which have occurred under head coach Lindsay Berman.
Throughout the contest, the Beacons defense were challenged from start-to-finish. UMB did have a couple of chances, but that mainly occurred when they were on the power-play.
Unfortunately, the Cadets, who boast multiple 30+ point earners, dominated the offensive end of the ice. UMB managed to hold-off the Cadets in the early minutes of the first period, but Norwich tacked on a pair of goals over the final six minutes to take a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.
In the second, the Cadets used a balanced attack to tack on three more goals to make it a 5-0 lead. The third and final period, saw two more goals added to the scoreboard to cap-off the win for the Cadets.
Amanda Conway and Sarah Schwenzfeier each recorded two goals in the title game.
Also playing in their final career games on Saturday was Katie Barry (Abington, Mass.), Rachel Myette (Duxbury, Mass.), Katie Jeter (Winthrop, Mass.), Maren Brown (Brainerd, Minn.) and Jane Morrisette (Pembroke, Mass.).
BY THE NUMBERS
- On the day, the Cadets outshot the Beacons 34-18
- UMB finished 0-for-5 on the power play, while the Cadets went 2-for-8
- Myette finished her career ranked second all-time in minutes played with 3,583:04 and stands second all-time in career saves with 1,630; She stands as the only goaltender to have appeared in two conference championship games
- Every member of the senior class were members of the 2016 NEHC Championship team, that remains the only team in program history to earn the NCAA Tournament automatic bid.