Jan. 30, 2009
NORTHFIELD, VT - Junior forward Sophie Leclerc (Barre, VT) netted a goal and assisted on the other to lead the Norwich University women's ice hockey team over visiting University of Massachusetts Boston, 2-0, tonight in an Eastern College Athletic Conference East contest in Northfield, VT. The Beacons fall to 8-8-1 overall and 7-5-1 in league play, while the Cadets record their third straight shutout to improve to 9-7-1 and 8-5-1.
UMass Boston had not been shut out in its previous 31 games dating back to last season when it was blanked at Saint Anselm College, 2-0, on January 9.
Norwich got all the scoring it would need for the rest of the night just 10 seconds into the game when it won the opening faceoff and skated into the UMB zone, where sophomore forwards Kelsey Cone (Manchester, VT) and Sarah Scardino (Stoughton, MA) set up Leclerc for her 10th goal of the season. Leclerc received the puck in the left-hand faceoff circle and snapped a wrister past Beacons' goaltender freshman Leah Hallett (Rocky Hill, CT) to make it 1-0 before the fans were even settled into their seats. The Cadets made it 2-0 later in the first period when Cone scored her ninth of the season off an assist from Leclerc at the 15:40 mark. Leclerc had the puck in the right-hand faceoff circle before sliding a pass over to Cone, who was set up in the slot. The Manchester, VT, native wasted little time beating Hallett with a quick wrist shot that slipped between the pads.
The UMass Boston defense tightened up following the goal, holding Norwich scoreless for the final 44:20 of play, including seven power play opportunities, while freshman goaltender Leah Hallett (Rocky Hill, CT) made 23 saves in the final two periods of play to give her 32 for the game.
Sophomore goalie Cindy Fortin (Quebec City, QUE) stopped 21 shots to earn her third shutout of the season for the Cadets as they owned a 34-21 shot advantage.
The Beacons will be in action again on Saturday, January 31 when they travel to Colchester, VT to take on Saint Michael's College in ECAC East action at 3:00 p.m., while Norwich hosts Salve Regina University on January 31 at 3:00 p.m.