NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Purple & White owned a 31-23 edge in shots on goal, but the Amherst College women's ice hockey team was unable to overcome a three-goal performance by Cadet Bryn Labbe as they fell to No. 4/5 Norwich, 5-0 Wednesday evening at Kreitzberg Arena.
With the loss, Amherst falls to 1-3-1 on the year, while Norwich improves to 7-1-1 overall. Amherst returns to action on Friday, Dec. 9 when they welcome Manhattanville College to Orr Rink for a 7 p.m. non-conference matchup.
Finding the back of the net on their first shot of the game, the Cadets claimed a 1-0 lead 56 seconds into the opening period. Taking advantage of a 2-on-1 opportunity coming out of the left corner, Adelle Murphy deflected a pass off of the Amherst goalkeeper to Bryn Labbe in the slot who tapped the puck over the goal line.
Amherst nearly evened the score multiple times in the first 10 minutes of play, outshooting the Cadets 13-1, however Laurie King stayed strong in goal, turning away all 13 Purple & White attempts.
Norwich doubled its lead with 1:57 remaining in the first stanza, with the puck ricocheting off a defender and landing on the stick of Maki Shuchuk in the high slot. Ripping a low wrist shot on target, Shuchuk sent the attempt through the legs of the Purple & White netminder.
Beating a defender heading into the offensive zone, Emma Griese'18 almost reduced Amherst's deficit to one eight minutes into the second period. Streaking down the left side, Griese powered a backhand shot on goal, but the shot was turned away.
Notching her second goal of the matchup, Labbe made it a 3-0 contest with 11:11 on the clock. Gathering the puck at the top of the right circle, Murphy sent a backhander towards goal that hit the skate and a Purple & White defender and bounced to the stick of a wide-open Labbe who quickly one-timed the puck top shelf.
Miriam Eickhoff '19 set Katelyn Pantera '19 up for a solid scoring chance at the 13:17 mark, skating around the net before sending a perfect behind the back pass to Pantera alone in the slot. Pantera one-timed the dish, but the Norwich keeper smothered her attempt.
Adrieana Rossini extended the Cadet lead to 4-0 eight minutes into the final period, redirecting a pass from Kim Tiberi in the right corner into the nylon.
The Purple & White's final opportunity to get on the scoreboard came with 6:14 on the clock, with Alex Toupal '18 juking around a defender just inside the offensive zone to earn a breakaway. Gaining space, Toupal rifled a low wrist shot on target, but King was up to the task and turned away the attempt.
Scoring what proved to be the final goal of the outing, Norwich made it a 5-0 game on a shorthanded tally at the 15:48 mark. Logging a hat trick, Labbe won the race to Rossini's rebound, backhanding the puck off the glove of the Amherst goalie and into the net.
- Sabrina Dobbins '18 (1-3-0) made 18 stops for Amherst in the losing effort, while King (5-0-1) recorded 31 saves for the Cadets in the win.
- Amherst owned a 31-23 advantage in shot differential, including a 14-8 edge in the opening period.
- Neither side was able to convert on the power play, with the Purple & White finishing 0-for-6 and Norwich going 0-for-4.
- Caitlyn Ryan '17 led Amherst with six shots on target, while Camille Herzog '17 took four shots for the Purple & White.
- Nicole Goebel led Norwich in shots on frame with five, while Labbe put four attempts on goal.