RUTLAND, Vt. – Behind eight different goal scorers, the No. 1/2 Norwich University Cadets downed the Castleton University women's ice hockey team 8-1 in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) play on Tuesday evening at Spartan Arena.
Castleton falls to 8-11-1 overall and 4-4-1 in league play, while Norwich improves to 17-1-2 and remains unscathed at 10-0-0 in the NEHC.
Notching the Spartans lone goal on the evening, Aimee Briand took advantage of an extra-man opportunity. Just 47 seconds into the third period during a 5-on-3 situation, the junior forward stuffed the puck past Norwich goaltender Laurie King on the right side.
Kicking off the scoring with a wrister from just behind the far-side point, Kirsten Watts tallied her second score of the year at the 12:54 mark of the opening period. Off the stick, the puck slipped just inside the left post and past the goalie.
Three minutes later, Norwich struck again with a shorthanded goal. Robyn Foley tapped the puck toward the goal, which slipped through Castleton goalie Rylie Wills legs as she attempted to cover it up.
With time winding down in the opening frame and Alexis Kalm in goal, Kim Tiberi ripped a slap-shot snipe from the just inside the blue line. Clanking the crossbar in just the right spot, the puck went bar down and across the goal line.
Notching a power-play goal during the contest, the Spartans were also able to kill off three of Norwich's man-up opportunities. The face-off battle went the way of Castleton despite being nearly even. Briand earned 19 of the Spartan's 30 faceoff victories, while the Cadets took 26.
Between the pipes, King made eight saves in the win. Meanwhile, for Castleton, Wills was tagged with the loss, making two saves. Kalm allowed three scores while making 22 saves in nearly 30 minutes of play. Katlyn Hathaway stopped 11 opposing shots in over 15 minutes of ice time.
Women's ice hockey returns to action at 3:30 p.m. on Friday as they travel to Henniker, N.H. to play league foe New England College.
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