The Norwich University women's ice hockey team won their seventh overall New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) title and subsequently punched their ticket to the NCAA Division III tournament.
The Cadets took down number two seed Manhattanville College, 5-0 on Saturday to claim the championship title. After posting five points on the weekend on three goals and two assists Amanda Conway (Methuen, Mass.) was named the NEHC Tournament's Most Valuable Player.
Kim Tiberi (Raleigh, N.C.) started the scoring in the first period as she ripped a laser from beyond the faceoff circle, beating Rose Pijaca (Worcester, Mass.) on the glove side to give the Cadets the 1-0 lead.
Both teams had their chances in the second but it would be the Cadets to capitalize as freshman forward Sophie McGovern (Hermantown, Minn.) collected the loose puck in front and found the back of the net to double the Cadet lead, 2-0. The Cadets continued to challenge Pijaca, outshooting the Valiants 18-9 through two periods of action, but the netminder came up with several key saves to keep Manhattanville within striking distance.
As the third period got underway the potent Cadets offense proved too much for the Valiants as they tacked on three more goals to seal the win. Sarah Schwenzfeier (Hingham, Mass.) and Conway each notched power play tallies and McGovern added her second of the game as the Cadets skated to victory.
Schwenzfeier and Tiberi joined Conway on the All-Tournament team along with goaltender Laurie King (Waddington, N.Y.). Nicole Mensi (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) and Zoey Pellowitz (Arlington, Va.) represented the Valiants to round out the honorees.
Norwich punched their ticket to the Championship game after defeating University of New England 4-1 on Friday. Conway led the way for Norwich, notching two goals, including the game winner, to send the Cadets to their ninth straight NEHC Championship game.
In semifinal number two Manhattanville defeated NEHC defending champions, University of Massachusetts Boston 4-2. The score was knotted at two through two periods of play thanks to Beacon goals from Emily Harris (Littleton, Colo.) and Rachel Peacock (Billerica, Mass.) and a pair of goals from Manhattanville's Mensi. Pellowitz would notch the eventual game winner seven minutes into the third and Mensi added a third tally on the day to secure victory for the Valiants.
Norwich will await the NCAA Selection Show on Monday morning at 10:00am to learn their matchup for the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
2017 NEHC Women's All-Tournament Team
Forward: Sarah Schwenzfeier, Norwich University
Forward: Nicole Mensi, Manhattanville College
Defense: Kim Tiberi, Norwich University
Defense: Zoey Pellowitz, Manhattanville College
Goaltender: Laurie King, Norwich University
Most Valuable Player
Forward: Amanda Conway, Norwich University