Courtesy of Norwich Sports Information
NORTHFIELD, Vt. - Amherst senior captain Madeline Tank tied the game at 3-3 at 10:42 of the third period, but No. 3 Norwich received the game-winning goal from Erin Joyce with just 3:17 left in the contest to help the Cadets to a hard-fought, 4-3 victory over the Jeffs in Friday evening's non-conference women's hockey game at Kreitzberg Arena.
Norwich (7-1-1) got two goals from Sarah Schwenzfeier and one from Joyce and Taylor Cross en route to its win over Amherst (5-1-0). The loss is the Jeffs' first of the 2014-15 season.
Norwich took one-goal leads three different times in the game only to have Amherst come back and tie the game later on. Joyce finally broke the cycle late in the third with her sixth goal of the season, flipping a wrist shot through a screen at the bottom of the left faceoff circle to put the Cadets up one last time. Schwenzfeier and Kaycie Anderson each picked up assists on the goal.
After a scoreless first period where the Jeffs outshot, Norwich 7-4 and outplayed the Cadets for a decent portion of the period, Schwenzfeier provided the offensive jolt, slamming the puck in on the doorstep off a pass from Anderson for a power play goal.
The Purple & White answered less than 1:30 later when Caitlin Ryan '17 scored on the power play with a wrist shot from the blue line that goalie Celeste Robert never saw. Emily Flom '15 picked up the assist after dropping the puck back to Ryan from the left half boards.
Norwich regained the lead when Schwenzfeier notched her second of the night on a breakaway for her fourth goal of the season. Norwich carried a slim, 2-1 lead into the second intermission despite getting outshot again, 7-6 by the Jeffs.
Amherst needed just 44 seconds to knot the game back up at 2-2 in the second period when Brenna Sullivan '18 finally shoveled a puck over the goal line after an initial shot squeezed through Robert's pads and was laying in the crease. Sullivan was first to the puck to jam it in despite a mad scramble of bodies that ended up forcing the net off its pegs in the process.
Norwich answered just over a minute later when Cross fired a wrist shot past Yuna Evans '17 from the bottom of the right faceoff circle with an assist from Heidi Amato.
The Purple & White continued to battle back and found the equalizer on the power play, this time coming from Tank after she slipped the puck into an open net after an initial shot from the blue line from Ryan hit the inside of the right post. Flom also picked up the second assist on the goal for her second point of the night.
Amherst pulled Evans for the final 26 seconds in search of one more equalizer. The Jeffs received a trio of opportunities with Erin Martin '16 having a shot saved by Robert, and Tori Salmon '15 sailing a shot over the cross bar.
Robert made 19 saves for Norwich to improve to 5-0-1 on the year. Evans made 14 saves to drop to 3-1-0 on the season.
Amherst returns to non-conference play on Saturday, December 6 when it hosts Manhattanville at 7 p.m. in non-league play at Orr Rink.