March 6, 2010
RYE, NY - Sophomore forward Brittane Michaud (Lewiston, ME) netted a career-high four goals to lead the second-seeded Norwich University women's ice hockey team over number three seed University of Massachusetts Boston, 8-0, tonight in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals at the Playland Ice Casino in Rye, NY. The Cadets improve to 17-5-5 overall and advance to the ECAC East Championship Game tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. for the second straight season and will take on number five seed New England College, a 2-1 winner over top-seeded Manhattanville College.
The Beacons fall to 17-10-0 and remains in the hunt for an NCAA Tournament at-large bid.
Norwich took control of the game with a 25-4 shot advantage and four first-period goals, including the first three by Michaud in the opening 16:31 of the contest. She opened the scoring with a tally on the power play at 9:44 on a feed from sophomore defenseman Sarianne Lynn (Wethersfield, CT). She struck again less than three minutes later when sophomore forward Julie Fortier (Saint-Malachie, QUE) located her at the 12:10 mark. Michaud registered her first career hat trick at 16:31 when sophomore forward Melissa Rundlett (Saco, ME) and junior forward Sarah Scardino (Stoughton, MA) set her up to make it 3-0. Sophomore blueliner Caitie Banfield (Montpelier, VT) found Fortier for her team-leading 21st goal of the campaign to give the Cadets a 4-0 advantage with just 62 seconds left in the initial frame.
UMass Boston looked to keep the deficit at four goals, but Banfield and senior forward Sophie Leclerc (Barre, VT) teamed to find Rundlett on the power play for a 5-0 Norwich bulge with just 24 ticks left on the second period clock. Rundlett netted her second goal of the evening and 10th of the season on a helper from Fortier for a comfortable 6-0 lead with 4:50 gone in the third stanza. Fortier's third assist and fourth point of the game came when she set up Michaud for her fourth tally on a shot as she was falling down with 1:33 to go in the contest to give her seven goals on the year and the Cadets a 7-0 lead. Banfield collected her third assist in the period as well with just two seconds left in the game when she connected with freshman forward Courtney Parisot (Watertown, CT) for her fourth tally of the year.
Junior goalie Cindy Fortin (Quebec City, QUE) made 13 saves to earn the victory for Norwich, while sophomore goaltender Leah Hallett (Rocky Hill, CT) stopped 36 of 42 shots in 44:45 of action for the Beacons, while red-shirt freshman Jami Cudmore (Balgonie, SK) turned away six of eight shots in the final 15:10 of play.
The Cadets owned a 50-13 shot advantage and was 3-7 on the power play, while holding UMass Boston scoreless on six power play opportunities.