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No. 3 Norwich bests No. 9 Amherst

NORTHFIELD, Vt. -- Freshman forward Kahnekaró:roks McComber scored her first collegiate goal with 1:47 left to break a 3-3 tie and lift the No. 3 Norwich to a 4-3 win against ninth-ranked Amherst on Sunday afternoon at Kreitzberg Arena.

McComber picked an opportune time to score her first career goal as she scored just 20 seconds after Amherst (4-2-2, 3-0-1 NESCAC) had scored to tie the game at 3-3. She lunged at a loose puck on the far side of the crease to shove it past Amherst goalie Kerri Stuart. Freshman Adelle Murphy and senior Tori Charron also picked up assists on the goal.

After a scoreless first period, Rachel Bellio opened the scoring at the 2:42 mark of the second when she scored off an assist from Kayla Parsons to put NU up 1-0. Amherst knotted the game at 1-1 when Sara Culhane scored a power-play goal off an assist from Erin Martin.

Norwich regained the lead late in the second with Bellio scoring again on a five-on-three power play by shoveling home a rebound off an initial shot from the point by Brittany Sharman. Kaycie Anderson also picked up an assist on the goal.

Amherst scored on a five-on-three of its own 47 seconds into the third period when Martin poked a puck just past the line off an initial shot by Tori Salmon.

Norwich regained the lead at the 8:22 mark of the third when Haley Gibson planted herself at the top of the crease and scored on her backhand off assists from Bellio and Anderson to make it 3-2 Cadets.

However, Amherst countered at the 17:53 mark of the period when Salmon wristed a shot that NU starting goalie Taylor Fairchild got a glove on, but not enough to keep out of the net as the puck fluttered in to tie the game back up. Camille Herzog picked up the assist on the goal for the Lord Jeffs.

Norwich (9-1-0, 6-0-0 ECAC East) closed the first half of the season on a nine-game winning streak after dropping its season opener to No. 1-ranked Plattsburgh State.

No. 4 Elmira 10, Chatham 0

PITTSBURGH -- Elmira (8-2-1, 6-0-0) defeated Chatham (2-6-2, 2-4-0) 10-0 on Sunday. Eleven different players registered points in the game with Johanna Eidensten leading with a career-high four points off her first career hat trick and an assist. Lisa Marshall posted her second shutout in as many days, making 20 saves in the victory.

It took 6:20 for the Purple and Gold to get on the scoreboard after Ashley Ryan sent the puck to Eidensten to score her first goal of the night. Ryan would score a goal herself after Cassidy Delainey and Tanis Lamoureux set up the shot at the 9:51 mark in the first period. Elmira would score one more time in the first period when Eidensten netted her second goal of the night with Olivia Nystom being credited with the assist.  Elmira's defense was also strong in the period, as it limited Chatham to only one shot in the period, while the EC women posted 14.

The second period only saw one of the Soaring Eagles' 10 goals when Brooke Wilgosh slipped one past the Cougars netminder after Ryan put the puck on her stick. Elmira held the shot advantage in the second period at 15-10.

Just 2:24 into the third period Ella Stewart found the back of the net on a man-up opportunity to increase EC's lead to 5-0 after Nystom and Eidensten set up the play. Three minutes and 33 seconds later, Eidensten would complete her hat trick after she got the puck from Anna Tude. Stewart scored her second goal of the night when Sydney Ficher and Katie Gaskin set up the play 11:02 into the third period. Just 33 seconds later Hogan netted a goal with Delainey and Tude being credited with the assists. The Purple and Gold put its 10th goal of the game on the board 15:19 in the third when Lamoureux put the puck on Nystrom's stick who buried it past the net minder. Elmira finished the game holding a 42-20 shot advantage.