Charron

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -– In a battle of two of the top six teams in the nation, fourth-ranked Norwich picked up a 5-3 win against sixth-ranked Middlebury in Kenyon Arena.

With the victory, Norwich extended it's winning streak to 12 games. The Cadets also improved to 3-0-1 all time against the Panthers.

Norwich opened the scoring just 2:51 into the game with the 25th goal of the season from Tori Charron. The Panthers tied the game at the 6:23 mark when Hannah Bielawski netted her eighth of the year with assists from Katie Sullivan and Madeline Joyce. Middlebury took its first lead of the game midway through the first period when Sara Ugalde earned her fourth of the year at 10:11.

However, Norwich scored twice in the second period to take a 3-2 advantage. Jillayne DeBus netted her 12th at the 9:02 mark, before Haley Gibson found the back of the net at the 14:30 mark, her second of the year.

The Cadets gained a little breathing room 7:47 into the third when Kayla Parsons scored unassisted to make it a 4-2 game. Middlebury would not go away as Madeline Joyce struck on the power play from Heather Marrison at 10:09 to make it a one-goal game at 4-3. Norwich regained its two-goal lead with 3:55 to play when Charron struck again, earning her 26th goal of the year, which continues to lead all of Division III.

Middlebury held a 30-21 shots advantage in the game, going 1-6 on the power play. Laura Pinsent made 16 saves in goal for the Panthers while Loren Carrier made 27 stops for the Cadets.