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November 12, 2010

Norwich skates past PSU Women’s Ice Hockey

Davis, Myers score for Panthers in Hanaway Rink debut

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Defending national runner-up Norwich University got goals from eight different players Friday night and skated past Plymouth State University, 8-2, in ECAC Women’s East Conference action in the inaugural women’s ice hockey game at PSU’s Hanaway Rink.

            Senior Sarah Scardino (Stoughton, Mass.) and junior Julie Fortier (Saint Malachie, Que.) led the Cadets with a goal and two assists apiece.  Norwich won its fourth straight to improve to 4-1 overall and 3-0 in league play, scoring four times in six power play opportunities.

    
  PSU Women's Hockey opener at Hanaway Rink
   

            Plymouth State got goals from junior Brianna Davis (Framingham, Mass.) on the power play and freshman Ali Myers (Sammamish, Wash.).  The Panthers dropped to 0-2 both overall and in conference play.  Freshman goaltender Ali Ponte (Richmond Hill, Ontario) had a busy night between the pipes and finished with 35 saves as Norwich out-shot the home team, 43-9.

            Scardino and senior Brittane Michaud (Lewiston, Maine) tallied power play goals in the first 10 minutes of the game to five Norwich an early lead.  Junior Melissa Rundlett (Saco, Maine) added her first of the season before the end of the frame to make it 3-0 at the first intermission.

            Fortier and senior Sophie Leclerc (Barre, Vt.) extended the margin to 5-0 in the second period before Davis put the Panthers on the board just before the period ended, with an assist from freshman Stephanie Newmark (Sydney, Australia).

            Senior Kelsey Cone (Manchester, Vt.) tallied her first of the season to open the third-period scoring.  Myers got one back for PSU at 12:48, but the Cadets tallied the final two goals, one each by sophomore Jillyane DeBus (Howell, Mich.) and freshman Renee Lortie (Cornwall, Ont.)

            The Panthers are back on home ice Saturday with a 3:00 p.m. face-off against Saint Michael’s College.  Norwich moves on to face the University of Southern Maine Saturday at 4:00 p.m. 

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