Ponte makes 46 saves for Panthers
NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University women's ice hockey team recorded its second straight shutout on the weekend, downing Plymouth State University, 4-0, Saturday night in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East action at Kreitzberg Arena.
Junior Madyson Moore (Dubuque, Iowa) scored twice for the Cadets, while senior Meghan Papagno (Wakefield, Mass.) and senior defenseman Marie-Philip Guay (Longueuil, Quebec) tallied one each.
PSU senior goalie Ali Ponte (Richmond Hill, Ont.) had another busy night and finished with 46 saves against Norwich for the second time this season.
Moore sparked the Cadets' offense with her sixth and seventh goals of the season and help #4-ranked Norwich (17-3-0, 12-0-0) win its eighth straight game.
Papagno kept her hot streak going with her fifth goal in the last four games to give Norwich a lead it would never relinquish at the 17:15 mark of the first period. Senior Haley Gibson (Richmond, Ontario) and junior Kaycie Anderson (Maple Plain, Minn.) each picked up assists on the goal.
Moore made it 2-0 at the 3:16 mark of the second period with a pretty redirection into the top left corner of the net off a shot from Taylor Cross (Saugus, Mass.) at the point. Gibson also notched her second assist of the game as well.
Guay increased the lead to 3-0 with a tremendous individual effort for her sixth goal of the season. Guay intercepted a pass just inside the blue line on the right wing. She dangled around two Plymouth State defenders and then sniped a wrist shot over the shoulder of Ponte.
Moore capped the scoring with another superb individual effort, deking out Ponte and then sliding it in on her backhand to make it 4-0.
Norwich freshman goalie Celeste Robert (Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec) picked up her second career win in her second start, stopping all four shots she faced.
Plymouth State visits New England College Friday at 4:00 p.m., while Norwich takes on Manhattanville Friday at 7:30 p.m.
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