PINE VALLEY, N.Y. -- On a night where Elmira had one of their largest crowds of the season, the Soaring Eagles rode the momentum of the fans and their play between the pipes to defeat visiting No. 4 Norwich 3-1.
It took nearly 27 seven minutes for the first goal to go on the scoreboard, but when it did, the Purple and Gold found themselves ahead 1-0. Elmira's captain, Tanis Lamoureux, scored the game's opening goal on a two-on-one opportunity, snapping a shot into the open side of the net on a one-timer off a rebounded shot by Ashley Ryan. Ryan earned the assist on the goal by making a hustle play at center ice, stealing the puck before taking the initial shot that Lamoureux would follow-up and score on.
With the seconds ticking away in the second period, it looked like Elmira would carry their one goal lead into the final intermission. However, with just 0.7 seconds remaining, Johanna Eidensten made one of the biggest plays of the game, and of her young career, when she put the Soaring Eagles ahead 2-0 on a power-play goal. After receiving a pass from Olivia Nyström, Ella Stewart took a slap shot from the left faceoff circle, which would make its way behind the net, off the boards, and eventually find Eidensten who would bury the last second shot.
The Cadets fought back in the third period, cutting the Elmira lead to one at the 6:18 mark. Elmira charged back however, scoring a goal less than four minutes later to reclaim their two-goal lead at 3-1. Stewart initiated the goal by passing the puck to Ryan, who was streaking down the right side of the ice. Ryan's speed proved to be too much for the Cadets as she raced towards the goal, dumping the pass off to Sydney Fischer who one-timed the pass with the back-side of her stick to seal Elmira's 3-1 victory.
No. 2 Middlebury 2, Wesleyan (Conn.) 2
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Wesleyan came back from a 2-0 deficit to earn a 2-2 tie with second-ranked Middlebury on Friday night. The Cardinals (3-5-3, 1-2-2), who have never beaten Middlebury (8-1-1, 4-0-1) in 51 all-time meetings, came away with just the fourth tie in the series that favors Middlebury, 47-0-4, and the first in seven years as the squads ended in a 1-1 tie Jan. 12, 2007.
Carly Watson assisted on both goals in the game.
No. 5 Wisconsin-Stevens Point 5, No. 8 Gustavus Adolphus 2
STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- Cassandra Salmen scored a third-period hat trick to give No. 5 Wisconsin-Stevens Point a 5-2 non-conference win against No. 8 Gustavus Adolphus in a battle between two top-10 teams on Friday night at Ice Hawks Arena.
With the score knotted at 2-2 through two periods of play, Salmen exploded for three goals in the final period for the Pointers (13-2-1). Salmen's first two goals came in the first seven minutes of the final period and both were assisted by Allie Tanzer and Emily Lester. The senior capped her hat trick with a short-handed goal at the 15:15 mark.
The win was the first for UWSP against Gustavus since February 5, 2008. The Gusties had won the last seven meetings and were unbeaten in the last nine encounters.
No. 6 Saint Scholastica 6, Marian (Wis.) 3
FOND DU LAC, Wis. -- Sixth-ranked St. Scholastica erased a one-goal deficit after one period with four goals in the second period on its way to a 6-3 win against Marian (Wis.) on Friday.
Recently named Swiss Olympian, Nina Waidacher, scored twice in the contest to add to her nation-leading goal total (22).
Marian scored the lone goal of the first period on an Emily Everson goal with 2:16 left in the period. The Saints out-shot the Sabres 17-4 in the first 20 minutes.
No. 7 Wisconsin-River Falls 3, Concordia-Moorhead 0
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- The Falcons won their third consecutive game and recorded their fourth shutout of the season in a 3-0 victory at Concordia-Moorhead this evening.
Ashley Kuechle has started in net in all four of the shut outs for UWRF this season. She recorded 16 saves in her seventh win of the season tonight.
Dani Sibley scored a first period goal for her sixth of the season at 7:05 off of an assist from Paige Johnson who now has eight assists this season.
Neither team scored in the second period. Madison Denny played in net for CMC and recorded 23 saves.
No. 9 Wisconsin-Superior 5, St. Benedict 1
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- After a loss to UW-River Falls at Wessman Arena on December 6, the Yellowjackets have been playing away from home, and they haven't lost a game since. On Friday night at St. Benedict they stretched their unbeaten streak to seven games (5-0-2) with a 5-1 rout of the Blazers.
Karen Larson continued her torrid scoring pace, potting a pair of goals to lead the Yellowjackets. Larson took over the team goal scoring lead in the game and now has 10 on the season. She has scored seven times in the past seven games.
No. 10 Amherst 4, Colby 1
AMHERST, Mass. -- Four different Jeffs scored on Friday night as the 10th-ranked Amherst claimed a 4-1 win against Colby at Orr Rink.
With the win, the Jeffs (7-2-2, 4-0-1 NESCAC) have increased their winning streak against their conference foe to nine consecutive while dropping the Mules to 4-5-1 overall and 2-3-0 in league play.