Northfield, VT. – Host Norwich defeated Hamline 5-1 on Friday night in the NCA Division III women's hockey semifinals.
The Cadets (26-1-3) took a 2-0 lead in the opening period when Sarah Schwenzfeier scored on a power play at 7:34 and Amanda Conway at even-strength at 11:15.
The Pipers (21-5-3), trying to advance to their first title game, cut the lead to 2-1 on freshman forward Jordan Hansen's goal at 2:07 of the second. Zoey Lobejko had the lone assist.
Bryn Labbe's unassisted, power-play goal at 13:35 of the second restored Norwich's two-goal cushion and the Cadets scored two more goals in a 1:14 stretch in the middle of the third period.
Laurie King had 29 saves for Norwich, McKenna Hulslander 18 for Hamline.
The Pipers will play Plattsburgh State at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the third-place game.
Elmira 3, Plattsburgh State 2 (2 OT): Shannon Strawinski's 13th goal of the season — and third of the game — at 15:10 of the second overtime gave the Eagles (25-2-2) the win over the Cardinals (24-3-2) in the first semifinal game.
Plattsburgh State took a 2-0 lead after two periods, but Strawinski tied the score on goals at 3:06 and 15:53 of the third.
Kelcy Crawford of Elmira had 41 saves; Brooke Wolejko of the Cardinals made 43 stops.
Hamline forwards Bre Simon and Sarah Bobrowski on Thursday became the first women hockey All-America picks in school history. Simon, a sophomore, was named to the American Hockey Coaches Association's West first team and Bobrowski, a senior, to the second team.
Simon enters the weekend tied with Norwich's Amanda Conway for the most points for a D-III player (55). She has 32 goals and 23 assists.