#3 Norwich Uses Special Teams Edge, To Knock Off Women's Hockey 5-3

#3 Norwich Uses Special Teams Edge, To Knock Off Women's Hockey 5-3

BOSTON, Mass.--#3/3 Norwich University scored four goals on the power play and one more with an extra attacker, to earn a 5-3 win over UMass Boston women's hockey in both team's New England Hockey Conference openers' Friday afternoon at the Edward T. Barry Ice Rink.

THE BASICS

#3/3 Norwich 5, UMass Boston 3

(UMass Boston 0-2, NEHC 0-1)

(Norwich 2-0-1, NEHC 1-0)


HOW IT HAPPENED

After the teams combined for just two goals in the first 40 minutes, the game broke wide open in the third.

The visiting Cadets capitalized on a 5-on-3 with two goals in 24 seconds, before the Beacons answered back. After a Norwich power-play tally made it 4-2, the Beacons pulled within one on a short-handed tally. The rally would fall just short though, as Samantha Benoit would tack on an insurance goal when the Beacons pulled their goalie.

In net, Rachel Myette (Duxbury, Mass.) put together a second-consecutive stellar outing, as the senior made 51 saves on 55 shots. She was especially strong through the first two stanzas, as she made 36 saves on the first 37 shots she faced.

Senior Katie Barry (Abington, Mass.) and juniors Arielle Gallucci (Warren, N.J.) and Jane Morrisette (Pembroke, Mass.) all scored their first goals of the season in the loss. 

Norwich's Adriena Rossini paced the Cadets with two goals and an assist, including scoring the game-winning tally. Alyssa Hulst (one assist), Bryn Labbe and Benoit recorded the other three goals. 

Friday's game was impacted heavily by the referees' whistle. The Beacons were whistled nine times for 18 minutes, while the Cadets spent only six minutes in the penalty box. In total, Norwich registered 31 of the 56 shots while on the man-advantage.

Despite being doubled up in shots in the first period, UMass Boston managed to score the lone goal in the stanza. The Beacons skated the puck into the zone and Sarah King (Wilmington, Mass.) was denied on her initial chance in tight. The rebound fell for Gallucci who rushed in and sent a shot caroming off a slew of players and in at 15:04. King and sophomore Erica Lunn (Kingston, Mass.) each picked up assists on the play.

Hulst knotted the game at 1-1 4:52 into the second period. With the Beacons down a man, the Cadets moved the puck around the net, before Hulst was able to slide it under Myette on Norwich's third chance in tight. 

The Beacons had a great chance to take the lead heading into the third, but they were unable to convert on nearly a minute of 5-on-3 action late in the second. 

Norwich took the lead for good less than five mintues into the third. With the Beacons committing two penalties in 25 seconds, Labbe made it 2-1 at 4:27 and Rossini tacked on her first goal of the night at 4:51. 

UMass Boston came up with a huge answer at 5:09, as Barry entered the zone on the near side and roofed a shot just inside the near post past Laurie King.

Rossini made it 4-2 at 11:44 on her second power-play goal of the day, only to have the Beacons mount one more comeback effort. With the Beacons just starting their final penalty kill of the day, Morrisette tipped the puck away at her own blue line and skated in on a breakaway. After several dekes, Morrisette's shot went into the body of King and somehow slipped through to make it 4-3 at 16:45.

UMass Boston managed to kill off the rest of the power play, but they couldn't get off another shot during regulation. Benoit put the game to rest at 19:43 when she sent a hard shot from the red line into the Beacons' empty net. 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • Norwich outshot the Beacons 56-18, with King making 15 saves in the win.
  • The two teams were picked first and second in this season's NEHC Preseason Poll.
  • Norwich finished 4-for-9 on the power play, while UMass Boston ended the day 0-for-3.
  • The Cadets improved to 14-4 all-time against the Beacons.
  • Gallucci's goal was the first of her career, while Barry registered her first goal since her sophomore season.

WHO'S NEXT  

UMass Boston will host Castleton University at 2 p.m. for their annual "Pink The Rink/Alumni Game."