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Balanced offense leads Norwich to 5-1 win

SOUTH BOSTON, Mass. -- Norwich stayed perfect on the season in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East play with a 5-1 victory against Massachusetts-Boston on Friday night at the Clark Ice Arena.

Norwich (13-3-0, 9-0-0 ECAC East) got goals from five different players as it won its fourth consecutive game.

Meghan Papagno, Kaycie Anderson, Taylor Cross, Nicolette Gosselin and Haley Gibson each scored, while freshman forward Adelle Murphy and senior defenseman Marie-Philip Guay notched two assists to lead the offense.

Papagno, Cross and Gosselin all scored their first goals of the season as Norwich has now had 18 skaters tally a goal during the 2013-14 season.

No. 1 Plattsburgh State, No. 10 Utica

UTICA, N.Y. --  Ali Vakos and Chelsea VanGlahn combined for eight points as top-ranked Plattsburgh State skated to an 8-0 win at No. 10 Utica in an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) West Division game Friday night.

Vakos gave the Cardinals (15-0-1, 8-0-0 ECAC West) an early lead when she tallied her sixth of the season just over five minutes into the game from Bridget Balisy and VanGlahn.

Plattsburgh State outshot Utica, 44-20, which included a 23-9 margin in the first period. The Cardinals went 1-for-3 on the power play while the Pioneers went 0-for-3.

Sydney Aveson stopped all 20 shots she faced to improve to 11-0-1 overall and earn her ninth shutout of the season for the Cardinals. Jennifer Hamel recorded 36 saves in the loss for the Pioneers.

No. 2 Middlebury 4, Bowdoin 0

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Middlebury scored three goals in a 1:42 span in the second period on its way to a 4-0 win against Bowdoin (8-6-1, 3-3-1) in NESCAC action on Friday night in Kenyon Arena.

The second-ranked Panthers (11-2-2, 7-0-2) held a slim 19-18 shots advantage in the game, with Annabelle Jones making 18 saves en route to her seventh career shutout.

No. 3 Elmira 5, Oswego State 2

OSWEGO, N.Y. -- Elmira (12-3-1, 7-0-0 ECAC West) picked up an important ECAC West win on the road tonight as they downed the Lakers (10-5-1, 6-2-1 ECAC West) 5-2. Elmira scored goals in each of the three periods to seal their eighth road win of the season and to remain perfect in ECAC West play.

Katie Gaskin recorded a career high four assists tonight, assisting on all but one of Elmira's goals. Ella Stewart also had a career night, scoring two goals, tying her career best. Stewart also assisted on one other goal for three points, tying her previous career high that she set twice in the 2011-12 season.

Elmira netminder, Lisa Marshall, continued her stellar play between the pipes as she picked up her sixth consecutive win of the season. Marshall made 24 saves tonight as she improved to 9-2-1 on the year. In her last six starts, Marshall has only allowed four goals. 

No. 5 Wisconsin-River Falls 4, No. 6 Wisconsin-Stevens Point 2

RIVER FALLS, Wis. -- Karleigh Wolkerstorfer scored a game winning goal late in the game for her second goal of the game to help No. 5 Wisconsin-River Falls top No. 6 Wisconsin-Stevens Point Pointers 4-2 at Hunt Arena.

The game which featured the top two teams in the WIAC went back and forth the whole time. Brook Story was the first on the board at 7:26 of the first period scoring on a power play goal for her seventh of the season. She was assisted by Kendal Evenson and Kait Mason on the goal. Story and Mason both had big nights being involved in three of the four goals.

UWSP answered at 11:43 of the period when Emily Lester got one past Ashley Kuechle who came in off of back to back shutouts. Kuechle and UWSP goalie Janna Beilke-Skoug both had big games. Beilke-Skoug made 15 first period saves and finished the game with 45 total saves.

Just over halfway through the second period at 10:40 Wolkerstorfer scored her first goal of the game for another Falcon power play goal. She was assisted by the senior duo of Story and Mason.

Lester scored again for the Pointers to tie the game up 2-2 at the 16:18 mark. Lester came into the game with only two goals on the season.

Neither team could find the back of the net most of the third period until Wolkerstorfer scored at 18:38 for her ninth goal of the season. It was again the duo of Mason and Story with the assists on the goal. Mason has seven assists and Story has 10 on the season.

Katie Batters sealed the game for UWRF with just 45 seconds left for her team high 13th goal assisted by Chloe Kinsel and Leah Gefroh.

Kuechle finished the game with 20 saves and improves to 10-2-2 on the season.

The win is big in for UWRF in determining the top team in the WIAC as the Pointers won two earlier games that these teams played this season. The win moves UWRF to 13-3-2 overall on the season and 4-2-1 in the WIAC. The loss drops UWSP to 13-4-1 and 5-2 in the WIAC.

No. 7 Gustavus Adolphus 4, Saint Mary's (Minn.) 3

WINONA, Minn. -- Gustavus Adolphusdefeated Saint Mary’s (Minn.) 4-3 in a back-and-forth battle on Friday night at the SMU Ice Arena. With the win, Gustavus improves to 11-3-2 overall and 9-0-0 in the MIAC, while Saint Mary’s drops to 5-10-1 overall and 3-6-0 in league play.

After falling behind 2-1 in the first period, the Gusties battled back to take a 3-2 lead in the second before the Cardinals tied the score headed to the second intermission. Carolyn Draayer played the hero when she scored the game-winning goal on the power play 4:09 into the third period.

McKenna Parent opened the game’s scoring when she scored her fifth goal of the season 5:48 into the first period. Parent was unassisted on the goal.

Five minutes later, Melissa Doyle had the equalizer thanks to an assist from Allison Eder-Zdechlik. The goal was Doyle’s eighth of the season, while Eder-Zdechlik’s assist was her seventh.

With just over five minutes remaining in the period, the Cardinals answered with the go-ahead goal. Katie LeTourneau found the back of the net for the third time this season thanks to an assist from Breanna Peterson and Saint Mary’s went to the first intermission with a 2-1 lead.

Gustavus needed little time to tie the game again in the second period. Awarded a power play just 46 seconds into the frame, the Gusties scored 13 seconds into the skater advantage when Lydia Wagner scored her second goal of the season.  Carolyn Draayer and Emily Reibert each recorded an assist on the play.

Six minutes later, the Gusties took their first lead of the game when Melissa Doyle scored her second goal of the game. Doyle’s goal came with an assist from Halie Gudmonson and Gustavus was on top 3-2.

Saint Mary’s answered less than a minute later when Breanna Peterson scored unassisted. Peterson’s fifth goal of the year tied the game 3-3, which is where it would stay into the second intermission.

Gustavus took advantage of another power play in the early going of the third period. Carolyn Draayer netted the game-winner 4:09 into the frame, which would prove to be all the Gusties would need, as they held the Cardinals scoreless in the third and hang on for the 4-3 victory.

The Gusties held the shot advantage by the count of 40-30 in the game and were 2 for 8 on the power play, compared to an 0 for 3 mark for Saint Mary’s.

Lindsey Hibbard earned the win after making 27 saves.  Sarah Gustafson suffered the loss for Saint Mary’s in a 36-save effort.