Men’s Hockey: Skidmore shocks Norwich 3-2 in OT

Men’s Hockey: Skidmore shocks Norwich 3-2 in OT

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The Norwich University men's ice hockey team's recent troubles vs. Skidmore College continued on Friday as the Thoroughbreds rallied to score three unanswered goals in a 3-2 overtime victory over the Cadets.

Northfield, Vt. native Connor Van Arnam scored with 1:58 left in overtime to extend the Cadets' recent winless skid vs. the Thoroughbreds to three straight games. Skidmore is 2-0-1 vs. Norwich in the last three meetings and denied the Cadets from winning head coach Mike McShane's 700th career game. 

Skidmore (4-2, 4-1 NEHC) rallied from a 2-0 deficit to score twice in the last three minutes of the game before Van Arnam's heroics in overtime. NU senior forward William Pelletier (St. Jean Chrystostome, Quebec) scored both goals for Norwich with the second coming with 4:50 left in the game to seemingly seal the victory. 

However, the Thoroughbreds raced back with Marc Cibelli scoring a power play goal with 2:53 left with the goalie pulled for an extra skater to cut the lead to 2-1. Matt Wolf and Owen Campbell picked up assists. 

Campbell scored 58 seconds later with another extra attacker goal with assists from Cibelli and Anthony Bird to stun the Cadets and tie the game back up at 2-2. 

Norwich had a golden opportunity to take the lead back, but the Cadets failed to score on a two-man advantage in the final two minutes after Skidmore took two penalties. 

Van Arnam was whistled for one of the penalties and he returned from the box in overtime to score the game-winning goal on a power play with a blast from the blue line through traffic. Corey Morgan and Jack Barton picked up assists. 

NU senior goalie Ty Reichenbach (Billings, Mont.) made 30 saves to take the loss, while Jack McDonald made 32 for the Thoroughbreds. Reichenbach is 3-1-1 on the season now, while McDonald is 2-2-0. 

Norwich (4-1-1, 4-1-0 NEHC) will look to get back on track when it travels to Castleton University for a 4 p.m. conference matchup.