The William Smith College ice hockey team was edged by eighth-ranked Norwich University 4-2 in a New England Hockey Conference contest at The Cooler this evening. The Herons are now 12-4-1 overall this season with a 7-2-1 mark in NEHC play.
Senior Elizabeth MacMurray and junior Lauren Leglerscored for the Herons. Junior Erin Murray recorded 38 saves in 60 minutes of work.
Livia Brooks finished with a game-high three points on two goals and an assist in the win for Norwich (11-3-2, 9-1-1). Leocadia Clark played all 60 minutes in goal and made 20 saves as she earned victory.
- The Cadets finished the game with a 42-22 advantage in shots on goal.
- Norwich was 0-for-3 on the power play and William Smith did not have an opportunity with the extra skater.
- The Herons have gone nine straight games without allowing a power-play goal.
- Norwich opened the scoring at the 11:48 mark of the first period. Madison Anderson picked up a puck in the slot and slipped a shot past Murray. Her ninth goal of the season was assisted by Brooks and Lauren Tuck.
- William Smith tied the game in the second period on MacMurray’s sixth goal of the season. She collected a pass from senior Mackenzie O’Neil and one-timed a shot past Clark. Senior Emma Faso was awarded an assist on the goal after sending O’Neil and MacMurray into the offensive zone on a 2-on-1.
- Norwich took a 2-1 lead with 45 seconds remaining in the middle frame. Brooks collected a rebound and flipped a shot into the back of the net. Her 12th goal of the year was assisted by Jillian Jackson and Shyun Kang.
- Six minutes into the final frame, Legler tied the game with her sixth goal of the season. She collected a rebound and stuffed a shot inside the left goalpost. Her tally was assisted by junior Kayla Ketchabaw.
- The Cadets scored the game-winning goal just before the 11-minute mark of the third period. Brooks wristed a shot from the top of the right faceoff circle that took a funny bounce past Murray. Brooks’s 13th goal of the season was assisted by Anderson and Kang.
- Aimee Headland rounded out the scoring with just over four minutes remaining in regulation. She picked up her own rebound and slipped a backhanded shot across the goal line. Taylor Girouard was awarded an assist on Headland’s sixth goal of the year.
William Smith will be back in action next Friday, Jan. 19 when it heads to Salem State for a New England Hockey Conference contest. The game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.