Maine Hockey Journal

It wasn’t meant to be for Southern Maine

Rye, NY — Sophomores Sarah Scardino (Stoughton, Mass.) and Brittane Michaud (Lewiston, Maine) each scored two goals as second seeded Norwich University defeated the third-seeded University of Southern Maine, 8-2, in an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Women’s East semifinal game Saturday night at the Playland Ice Casino in Rye, N.Y.

The win moves Norwich, 18-8-1, into tomorrow’s championship game against fifth-seeded Salve Regina University. Salve Regina (18-8-1) upset top-seed and tournament host Manhattanville College (20-7-0), 1-0, in an earlier semifinal. Southern Maine, playing in the semifinal round for the first time since 2003, finishes the season 14-9-4. Three of the losses came at the hands of Norwich.

The Cadets came out flying, out shooting the Huskies, 21-5, in the opening period. Rookie Julie Fortier (Saint-Malachie, Quebec) put Norwich on top at 3:01 with an unassisted goal. Scardino doubled the margin at 10:53 with a 5-on-3 power-play goal.

Norwich kept the pressure on in the middle period, raising its lead to 4-0 on goals 42 seconds apart by junior Sophie Leclerc (Barre, Vt.) and Michaud.

Southern Maine finally broke through with the aid of two Norwich minor penalties. Junior Jessica Knight (Alfred, Maine) tallied a 5-on-3 marker at 13:40, with assists from freshmen Danielle Ward (Lansing, Mich.) and Jana Sacco (Niagara Falls, Ontario). Freshman Joanna Gaube (Woodstock, Conn.) potted another power-play goal, assisted by Knight, 20 second later to pull the Huskies back within two.

Scardino tallied her second goal of the game before the period ended to take the momentum away from the Huskies.

Michaud scored her second goal at 1:39 of the third period to dash any hopes of a USM comeback. Freshman Amanda Wilks (Winnipeg, Manitoba) scored a power-play goal midway through the period, and rookie Danielle Del Dotto (North Andover, Mass.) added the final tally in the final seconds.

Southern Maine freshman goalie Kristen Gresko (Phoenix, Ariz.) finished with 37 saves. Norwich sophomore Cindy Fortin (Quebec City, Quebec) stopped 27 of 29 shots.

The Cadets finished the game converting 4 of 10 power-play opportunities. Both Huskies goals came on the power play.

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