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Norwich hosts NCAA quarterfinals

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The fourth time proved to be the charm for the Norwich University men's ice hockey team against Babson.

After going winless in three attempts against Babson this season, including a 2-1 loss in the ECAC East championship game one week ago, Norwich (24-3-1) enacted its revenge with a resounding 4-0 shutout win over the Beavers (18-7-5) on Saturday night in the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals at Kreitzberg Arena.

The Cadets will now make their fourth straight NCAA Division III Frozen Four appearance and 11th in the last 17 seasons. Norwich will face SUNYAC champion Oswego State who beat Adrian 3-2 in overtime to punch their ticket to the national semifinals.

Norwich and Oswego State have both advanced to the Frozen Four in each of the last four seasons, but the two perennial powerhouses have yet to meet. That highly anticipated showdown will finally take place next Friday at 4 p.m. in the first of two semifinals at the Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y. Utica will face UW-Eau Claire in the other semifinal at 7:30 p.m. with both teams making their inaugural Frozen Four appearances.

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Sophomore forward Katie Sullivan scored 14:28 into overtime to lift the Middlebury women's hockey team to a 3-2 win over Norwich University in NCAA Tournament quarterfinal action on Saturday afternoon at Kreitzberg Arena.

Sullivan's power play overtime winner capped a memorable performance as she scored all three Panther goals on the day to punch Middlebury's ticket to its seventh Frozen Four appearance.

After a back and forth first 14 minutes of overtime with both teams having chances, Norwich (22-4-3) was whistled for a checking penalty. Middlebury (19-7-2) needed just 20 seconds of the player advantage to capitalize as Sullivan pounced on a loose rebound in front of the net and slipped the puck by an outstretched Kelly Fisk (Hannibal, N.Y.) to send the Panther bench pouring onto the ice to celebrate.

The Panthers outshot Middlebury 12-4 in the stanza and then 8-3 in the overtime session. Anderson nearly won the game for Norwich early in overtime but she rang a wrist shot off the right post.

Jones finished with 27 saves for Middlebury, while Fisk made 25 saves for Norwich. Jones improved to 11-3-2 on the year, while Fisk finished her senior season with a 10-3-1 record.

Saturday's loss snapped Norwich's run of four-straight trips to the Frozen Four and marked the Cadets' first-ever loss to Middlebury. Coming into the game, Norwich was 3-0-1 all-time against the Panthers.

Courtesy: Norwich Athletics

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