MARSHFIELD, Mass. - The New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) women's postseason tournament concluded its quarterfinal round on Saturday and saw two upset victories to setup the semifinal round.
One seed Norwich will host seventh seeded University of Massachusetts Boston while third seeded Castleton University will host five seed Johnson & Wales University in the semifinals. Both games will be played at the campus of the higher seed.
During the regular season Castleton and Johnson & Wales split their series in one-goal contests with the Wildcats winning the most recent matchup 3-2. Norwich swept UMass Boston during the regular season by identical scores of 4-1.
The Cadets defeated Salem State University 3-0 behind two goals from Alyssa Hulst (Scarborough, Maine) to punch their ticket to the semifinals. Salem State's Isabelle Woodward (Ottawa, Ont.) was outstanding in net as she held Norwich at bay throughout the game. The sophomore netminder recorded 46 saves, including a game-high 19 in the second period in the losing effort.
Seventh-seeded UMass Boston shocked the number two seed Suffolk University, 2-1 on Saturday evening to advance to the semifinals. Kelsey Ryan (Burlington, Mass.) potted both Beacons goals en route to the victory while Caty Flagg (Methuen, Mass.) posted a 20-save performance in net to record her third win on the season. Tess Adams (Calgary, Alta.) scored the lone goal for the Rams.
Johnson & Wales exploded for five goals as they rallied to defeat hosts University of Southern Maine. Katherine Mason (Grafton, Mass.) and Samantha Kawejsza (Warners, N.Y.) scored two goals apiece while freshman netminder Jasmine Mucci (Arlington, Mass.) made 18 saves in the shutout victory.
In another closely contested quarterfinal matchup the third-seeded Spartans bested Plymouth State 2-1 on Saturday afternoon. Jocelyn Forrest (Prince George, B.C.) assisted on Castleton's first goal and netted the second score seven minutes into the third period to propel the team to victory. Both goaltenders put up impressive performances as Emelie Lindqvist (Gullerasen, Sweden) recorded 33 saves in the losing effort. Rylie Wills (Sioux Lookout, Ont.) collected her sixth win on the season behind her 26-save performance.
NEHC Semifinals Schedule - Saturday, February 23
#7 UMass Boston at #1 Norwich - 3pm
#5 Johnson & Wales at #3 Castleton - 4pm