Bridge makes 36 saves in setback
NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Freshman Becca Bridge (Gadsby, Alberta) made 36 saves, but #5 Norwich University was too much for the Plymouth State University women's ice hockey team as the Panthers suffered their first shutout loss of the season, falling 6-0 to the Cadets in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) game at Kreitzberg Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Norwich tallied a pair of goals in each period on the way to its seventh straight win. The Cadets have scored five or more goals in six of those games while posting four shutouts and surrendering just four total goals in that span.
Plymouth State was held off the scoreboard for the first time this season, ending the longest streak of not being shutout to start a year (six games) since the 2010-11 season.
Plymouth State has dropped two straight to dip to 2-5-0 and 2-4-0 in the NEHC, while Norwich improves to 7-1-0 and 4-0-0 in league play.
Plymouth State 0, #5 Norwich 6
Plymouth State (2-5-0, 2-4-0 NEHC)
#5 Norwich (7-1-0, 4-0-0 NEHC)
How it Happened:
- Senior Amanda Conway (Methuen, Mass.) scored the first of her two goals on the day at the 8:36 mark of the opening period to give the Cadets an early lead.
- Norwich would add a goal with just over a minute to go in the frame for a 2-0 lead at the first intermission.
- The Panthers held the score through most of the second period, but the hosts struck twice in the final four minutes of the frame to make it a 4-0 advantage.
- Norwich added another two goals in the final stanza to account for the score.
Inside the Numbers:
- Bridge reached the 30-save mark for the third time this season, but fell to 2-5-0 on the year.
- Her counterpart, sophomore Alexa Berg (West Fargo, N.D.), stopped all 21 shots she faced to post her second shutout of the year, improving to 3-1-0.
- Plymouth State battled to the end, firing nearly as many shots in the third period (nine) as the first two combined (12).
- Neither team was able to capitalize on its power play opportunities as PSU went 0-for-3, with Norwich going 0-for-1.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"I was really proud of the team today," said head coach Mykul Haun. "Although the outcome was not what we wanted, our second half of the game was our best all season. They [Norwich] were a fast-skating team with lots of talent, but I felt that we just couldn't capitalize on our opportunities. It's a good measuring stick for us to see where we match with the top programs and the reality is that we are not far off."
- PSU hosts NCAA Division I Saint Michael's on Tuesday (Nov. 26) in its final game before the Thanksgiving recess.
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