Women's Hockey: Masotta marches Norwich past Plymouth State, 5-1

Mark Collier/Norwich University
Mark Collier/Norwich University

PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Norwich University women's ice hockey team extended its New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) unbeaten streak to a program and conference-record 42 straight games with a 5-1 victory over Plymouth State on Saturday afternoon at Hanaway Rink.

Freshman forward Julia Masotta (Tewksbury, Mass.) scored twice and added an assist to lead the Cadets' offense in the victory. Seniors Amanda Conway (Methuen, Mass.) and Kelley Madden (Novelty, Ohio), as well as freshman Ann-Frederique Guay (St. Lambert-de-Lauzon, Quebec) each scored a goal as well, while senior Brynn Wopperer (Amherst, N.Y.) added two assists.

Norwich (11-4-1, 8-0-0 NEHC) snapped a four-game winless skid with the victory as it returned to league play, picking up right where it left off in December.

Masotta struck just 2:02 into the game to give Norwich a 1-0 lead with a goal off an assist from Wopperer.

Plymouth State (3-12-0, 2-6-0 NEHC) answered exactly seven minutes later with Alexis Fagan scoring off an assist from Amanda McPherson.

However, Norwich scored twice more in the first period to carry a 3-1 lead into the first intermission.

Masotta scored again for her second goal of the game and her fifth of the season to give Norwich the lead for good at the 12:56 mark of the first period. Sophie McGovern (Hermantown, Minn.) and Kayla Goleniak (Canton, Mich.) picked up the assists on the goal.  

Madden scored her fourth goal of the season in the final minute of the first period with Molly Flanagan (Lutz, Fla.) and Wopperer notching assists.

Guay stretched the lead to 4-1 just 1:07 into the second period with Ingrid Holstad-Berge (Stavanger, Norway) and Carley Sedlar (Howell, Mich.) picking up the assists in their first game reunited as a line again in a couple of weeks.

Conway capped the scoring at the 2:17 mark of the third period with a rebound goal off an initial shot by Masotta. Taylor Tom (Kenora, Ontario) picked up the second assist on the goal.  

Sophomore goalie Kate Winstanley (Lansdale, Pa.) stopped 15 of 16 shots to improve to 4-0-0 on the season in goal for the Cadets.

Norwich outshot Plymouth State 51-16 in the game, but was once again held off the scoresheet on the player advantage, going 0-for-3.

The Cadets continue their seven-game road trip by traveling to Castleton for a 4 p.m. faceoff on Friday, Jan. 24 and then a 4 p.m. puck drop on Saturday at New England College.