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Different Challenges at Norwich

NORTHFIELD, Vt. - Both Norwich hockey teams are ready for the 2011-2012 season.  The Women will be looking to defend their NCAA Championship, but they'll have to do it without two of their top stars.  Forward Sophie LeClerc and Goaltender Cindy Fortin graduated last Spring.  The Cadets open the regular season on Friday, October 28th at home against Elmira.  That night, the Championship banner will be raised to the rafters of Kreitzberg Arena. 

The Men are coming off a 22-6-3 season which saw them reach their third Division III Frozen Four in the last four years.  Although Norwich won its 13th straight ECAC East regular season title and ninth ECAC East Tournament, the Cadets fell a couple games short of their ultimate goal.  However, 20 players are back from from last year's squad, including seven of their top 10 scorers.  The Cadets first exhibition game is Sunday at Dartmouth.

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