NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Thirteen different skaters recorded at least one point for the Norwich University men's ice hockey team on Saturday, helping the Cadets to a decisive 9-1 victory over visiting Daniel Webster College.
Norwich improves to 2-0-1 on the year, remaining undefeated in New England Hockey Conference play (2-0-0), while the Eagles dip to 0-4-0 following the loss. The Cadets last scored nine goals on Jan. 16, 2015, a 9-0 blanking of Saint Michael's College on the road.
Senior forward Nick Pichette (Massena, N.Y.) scored three goals for Norwich, adding an assist to post a team-leading four points of offense while also registering a plus-five. Junior Kevin Salvucci (Plymouth, Mass.) cashed in with two goals and an assist while senior Brian Rowland (Waltham, Mass.) and Tyler Piacentini (South Weymouth, Mass.) each registered a goal and an assist.
Seniors William Pelletier (St. Jean Chrysostome, Quebec, Canada) and Anthony Flaherty (South Boston, Mass.) rounded out the goal scoring for the Cadets with the latter chipping in with two assists for a three-point afternoon. Other strong performances came from junior Payton Baldillez (Arlington, Texas), TJ Dockery (Lockport, N.Y.), David Robertson (Boissevain, Manitoba, Canada) and Cody Smith (Hudson, Mass.) as each tallied two assists.
Pichette put his team on the scoreboard first, tallying his first goal of the year only 8:06 into regulation time. Daniel Webster's Anthony Langevin knotted the score just over five minutes later, but the Cadets would control the remainder of the game as Pichette's second goal would put Norwich ahead for good with 2:39 left on the first period scoreboard.
Pelletier and Flaherty would create a 4-1 lead in the second stanza before Rowland's second strike of the year, a power play tally, would create a 5-0 advantage after 40 minutes of action. A four-goal outburst, led by two goals from Salvucci, would build the Cadets lead to 9-1 as time expired.
Norwich goaltender Braeden Ostepchuk (Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada) made eight saves on nine shots, earning his first victory of the season. Morgan Hudson drew the loss for Daniel Webster, yielding nine goals on 48 shots faced.
The Cadets hit the road Friday, Nov. 11, traveling to Manchester, N.H. for a 7 p.m. NEHC showdown with Saint Anselm College at Sullivan Arena.