ST. PETER, Minn. -- Saint Benedict handed Gustavus Adolphus its first loss in conference play with a 4-2 win on the road on Friday.
It was also the Gusties' first loss in MIAC play in nearly two years, dating back to Feb. 18, 2012. Entering 10-0 in conference play, the Gusties were 18-0 last season, before the Blazers broke a 30-game MIAC winning streak tonight.
The Blazers jumped out to an early lead and never trailed, getting goals from four different players (Aly Hoffman, Stephanie Kirk, Elli Marvin and Alli O'Brien) as they beat Gustavus for the first time in program history. The Gusties entered the game 33-0-0 all-time against CSB, and won 8-2 the past time the two teams met.
It is also the first win against a ranked team for third-year head coach Jennifer Kranz. The closest the Blazers came was a 3-3 tie to then No. 10 Concordia on Nov. 2 last season, and a 3-2 win against St. Catherine on Nov. 30 last year when the Wildcats were receiving votes in the USCHO.com poll.
No. 2 Middlebury 3, Hamilton 0
CLINTON, N.Y. -- Middlebury scored three power-play goals as the Panthers recorded their fifth shutout of the season, blanking host Hamilton 3-0 in NESCAC action in Russell Sage Rink. The Panthers (12-1-3, 8-0-3 NESCAC) outshot Hamilton 27-6 during the first two periods and capitalized on three of their 10 power-play opportunities.
Annabelle Jones made 11 saves for Middlebury and picked up her eighth career shutout and third this winter. The Panthers finished with a 34-11 advantage in shots.
Katie Mandigo and Emily Fluke scored first-period goals, while Katie Sullivan added a five-on-three score in the second period.
No. 4 Norwich 4, Southern Maine 0
NORTHFIELD, Vt. -- Senior forward Tori Charron scored twice to lead Norwich to a 4-0 win against Southern Maine on Friday night at Kreitzberg Arena in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East.
Senior forward Meghan Papagno and junior forward Madyson Moore each scored as well, while junior goalie Loren Carrier stopped all five shots she faced to pick up the shutout.
Norwich (16-3-0, 11-0-0 ECAC East) won its seventh consecutive game and stayed perfect in league play. The Cadets also set a new attendance record with 879 fans showing up on Cancer Awareness Night in honor of local Northfield student Konner Drury, who passed away earlier this month after a long battle with neuroblastoma.
Connecticut College 5, No. 9 Amherst 4
NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Despite a decisive 47-19 advantage in shots on goal, ninth-ranked Amherst fell short to NESCAC rival Connecticut College 5-4 on Friday night.
The Jeffs (9-5-3, 5-2-2 NESCAC) scored three goals in the second period to take a 3-2 edge entering the third but allowed three goals in the final 20 minutes of regulation as the Camels improved to 8-7-3 overall and 3-5-3 in the conference.
Amherst could not capitalize on penalties, going 1-for-6 on power plays. Connecticut College was efficient in power-play situations, finishing 2-for-3.
St. Scholastica 1, Adrian 0
ADRIAN, Mich. – In a showdown of first-place teams in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association, St. Scholastica needed only one goal to defeat 10th-ranked Adrian 1-0 on Friday night.
The Bulldogs (16-4-0, 9-4-0 NCHA) had their 10-game winning streak snapped.
The game was scoreless entering the third period with the Bulldogs outshooting the Saints 27-8 after two periods. However, with 11:03 left in regulation, Sierra Hanowski found the back of the net to put the Saints on top 1-0. Briget Cojocar was credited with the assist.
Adrian would get chances late, including hitting the pipe in the final minute, but the Saints (11-5-3, 9-2-2 NCHA) prevailed.
CSS goaltender Lindsey Hartfiel made 39 saves to earn her second shutout of the season. Jade Walsh had 12 saves in the loss for the Bulldogs. Both teams went a combined 0-for-7 on the power-play.