Nov. 20, 2010
NORTHFIELD, Vt. - The Norwich University women's hockey used a four-goal second period to pull away from the University of Massachusetts Boston as the Cadets topped the Beacons 5-1 in ECAC East action on Saturday afternoon at Kreitzberg Arena.
UMass-Boston junior goaltender Leah Hallett was nearly unbeatable in the first period as Norwich (6-1-0, 5-0-0 ECAC East) threw 26 shots at her and only managed to come away with one goal.
Sophomore forward Jillayne DeBus finally solved Hallett at the 17:25 mark on the power play off a feed from Sarianne Lynn from the point. DeBus received the pass between the goal line and the bottom of the circle and then skated in on Hallett. DeBus skated across the top of Hallett's goal crease and then beat her high and glove side to give the Cadets a 1-0 lead.
In the second period though, the floodgates opened up as Norwich pumped in four goals to put the game away.
Sophie Leclerc scored her team-leading eight goal of the season to put Norwich up 2-0 at the 4:27 mark. DeBus and a UMass-Boston player got tied up along the boards and both fell to the ice. Leclerc swooped in and walked out from behind the net and then beat Hallett through the five-hole on the back hand.
A little less than five minutes later, Sarianne Lynn recorded her first goal of the season off a textbook faceoff goal. Julie Fortier won the draw back to Brittany Sharman, who went D-to-D with a pass to Lynn. Lynn corralled the puck and slapped a shot past Hallett before she could set up to give the Cadets a 3-0 lead.
DeBus tallied her second goal of the game and sixth of the season off a feed from Leclerc at the 15:45 mark of the period to stretch the lead to 4-0. Less than a minute later, Jacqueline Perez capped the scoring for Norwich with her third goal of the season, beating Hallett five-hole off an assist from Marie-Philip Guay to push the lead to 5-0.
UMass-Boston (2-4-0, 2-4-0 ECAC East) got on the board in the last minute of the second period when senior forward Katie Kirwan capitalized on a breakaway to cut the lead to 5-1. Sarahanne Cavolo and Hallett picked up the assists.
Cindy Fortin improved to 4-1 on the season, setting aside seven shots in two periods of play. Kelly Fisk played the final period and made one stop for the Cadets. Hallett made 53 saves, three shy of her own school record, for UMass-Boston and dropped to 2-3 on the season.
Norwich continued its hot streak on the power play going 2-for-4, while UMass-Boston was 1-for-3.
The Cadets outshot UMass-Boston 58-9.
Norwich closes out its pre-Thanksgiving schedule with St. Anselm at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday at Kreitzberg Arena while the Beacons are idle until Saturday, December 4 when they travel to Manchester, NH to face Saint Anselm College in a 3:00 p.m. contest.
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