BOSTON, Mass. - The fourth ranked Cadets of Norwich University earned a 5-1 victory over women's ice hockey Friday evening in the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena behind the play of netminder Loren Carrier who posted 17 saves to lead her team to the ECAC East conference win.
With the Friday's win, the Cadets continue their march to the programs first-ever undefeated conference record. The victory moved their overall record to 13-3-0 and 9-0-0 in the ECAC East. The Beacons overall record fell to 7-8-3, 3-6-0 in the conference.
For the Cadets they used a two goal first and a three goal second to all but seal the victory Friday evening in the Clark Ice Arena. The Beacons did end Carrier's shutout bid late in the third with Alexandra Karlis (Denver, Colo.) scoring her second goal of the 2013-14 season at the 15:19 mark. The tally came on the power-play as the Beacons went 1-for-5 on man-up opportunities.
Earning a point on Karlis' goal was Samantha Fallon (Pembroke, Mass.) and Kat Armstrong (Boulder, Colo.) with both players each recording their third assists of the year. UMass Boston's offense which had some chances throughout the contest, put on their best showing in the third period. They nearly had their first goal of the game around the seven minute mark when Sarahanne Cavolo (Roxbury, N.H.) missed a solid chance on the far side of the goal.
The Cadets picked-up a pair of power-play goals, both of which came in the second period. They got on the scoreboard at 4:20 of the first period when Meghan Papagno scored her first marker of the season off of a Nicolette Gosselin and Adelle Murphy assist. Kaycie Anderson made it 2-0 before the first intermission on her fourth tally of the campaign.
After the break, Gosselin netted her first goal of the year exactly five minutes in. From there it was Taylor Cross and Haley Gibson who clinched the victory for their squad.
Norwich ended the day 2-for-3 on the power-play and held a 29-18 advantage in shots. The Beacons did outshoot the Cadets in the third 8-7, with sixth shot of the frame coming off of the stick of Karlis.
Defenseman Kelsie MacIsaac (Durham, N.H.) notched the final two Beacons shot on a quickly flurry just as time was getting ready to expire. She first put a laser of a shot off of Carrier's pad. MacIsaac quickly collected the loose puck and fired off another shot which was once again stopped by a diving Carrier.
With the victory Carrier improved her overall record to 5-1-on the season, while Moe Bradley (Swampscott, Mass.) dropped to 4-2-3 following her 24 save performance.
The Beacons return to action tomorrow when they host St. Michael's College at 1 p.m.