NEHC Tournament Semifinal Preview

MARSHFIELD, Mass. – After the top seeds won their quarterfinal matchups the field is set for the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) Women's Championship weekend. Number one seed Norwich University (16-1-0) will face number four seed University of New England (9-7-1) in the first semifinal. The other game will pit two seed Castleton University (11-5-1) against three seed University of Massachusetts Boston (11-6-0). Both semifinals will take place on Friday, March 4 with the finals slated for Saturday, March 5. All games will be played at Kreitzberg Arena on the campus of Norwich.

Norwich is looking for their fifth straight NEHC title and seventh in the past eight seasons. NEHC Rookie of the Year, Bryn Labbe (Calgary, Alta.), leads the way for the Cadets with 21 points with teammates Adelle Murphy (Roseau, Minn.) and Sarah Schwenzfeier (Hingham, Mass.) following with 20 and 19 points respectively. Célste Robert (Rouyn-Noranda, Qué.) anchors the defense while her .949 save percentage leads the NEHC.

University of New England is riding high after recording the program's first-ever playoff victory after defeating Salve Regina University in quarterfinal action. Gabby Crugnale (Malden, Mass.) paces the Nor'easter offense with 18 points on the season. Sydney Helmbrecht (Grand Rapids, Minn.) leads the way between the pipes for UNE with a .936 save percentage (5th best in NEHC) and 1.84 goals against average.

After a decisive win in the quarterfinals number two seed Castleton will aim to continue their winning ways. NEHC Goaltender of the Year, Jess Cameron (Mt. Mellick, P.E.I.), anchors the Spartan defense with four shutouts and .946 save percentage. The Spartans will look to their balanced attack featuring Taylor Steadman (Hartford, Vt.), Aimee Briand (Barrington, N.H.) and Anna Daniels (Falun, Sweden) to pace the offense.

After registering her first career hat trick last weekend, UMass Boston's Jenny Currie (Chelmsford, Mass.) will aim to keep things rolling for the Beacons. Alexa Cappione (Massena, N.Y.) and Kat Armstrong (Boulder, Colo.) rank among the league's top-scoring defenders with 12 points apiece. A win for UMass Boston would propel them to their first conference championship game in program history.

NEHC Women's Postseason Tournament Schedule

Friday, March 4

(1) Norwich University vs. (4) University of New England 4:00pm
(2) Castleton University vs. (3) University of Massachusetts Boston 7:00pm

Saturday, March 5
Championship Game 4:00pm

*All games played at Kreitzberg Arena on the campus of Norwich University