DE PERE, Wis. – St. Norbert used three goals over the final four minutes of the opening stanza, building an early lead that would ultimately help them defeat the Concordia University Wisconsin Women's Hockey team, 7-1, in Northern Collegiate Hockey Association play.
The two teams were scoreless for over 16 minutes of play before Laurel Hill put SNC up 1-0 at the 16:06 mark of the opening period. Just 22 seconds later the Green Knights extended their lead to 2-0 on the first of two goals by Myranda Hayes.
It appeared St. Norbert would take just a two-goal lead into the first intermission but that would not be the case. SNC struck with just 10 seconds remaining in the first stanza as Lauren Roethlisberger made the score 3-0 in favor of the home team.
CUW (6-12-1, 4-7-1) would get its lone goal of the contest 3:34 into the second period as freshman Brandi Muller (Anchorage, Alaska) made the score 3-1. Junior Emily Heckendorf (Merrill, Wis.) assisted on the Muller score.
Hayes would push St. Norbert's lead to 4-1 at the 8:30 mark of the second, while Stephanie Slinde added a goal before the second intermission, making the score 5-1 in favor of SNC. St. Norbert would add two goals in the third period for the 7-1 final.
SNC (13-5-2, 8-4-1 NCHA) held a 38-24 edge in shots on Friday and also were able to kill off all five of the Falcons power play opportunities. CUW did a good job staying out of the box, committing just two penalties but St. Norbert was able to capitalize on one of those opportunities.
Kaley Gibson earned the win in net for SNC, making 23 saves in the game. Junior Jennifer DeGeorge (Waukesha, Wis.) started the game for CUW and stopped 24 shots, while freshman Bridget Slater (Roseau, Minn.) finished with seven saves in a relief appearance.
The Falcons will be off for a week until visiting St. Scholastica for a conference matchup next Friday at 4 p.m. CUW will then have to hit the road for a Saturday afternoon contest at Finlandia next weekend.