PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. - The Norwich University men's ice hockey team used a six-goal second period to build up a 7-1 lead, before holding on for a 8-5 win at Lake Champlain-rival Plattsburgh State on Friday night at the Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena.
No. 2-nationally ranked Norwich (12-1-1, 8-1-0 NEHC) extended its winning streak to nine straight games with the victory as junior Kevin Salvucci (Plymouth, Mass.) led the way with five points.
Plattsburgh State reeled closer throughout the third period as the hosts netted four consecutive goals to start the stanza. Kyle Hall started the frenzy at 1:37 before Nick Belger converted with the player advantage on a delayed penalty at 2:42. Gavin Yates then found the back of the twice in a 4:51 span, the latter coming on a breakaway where he tucked a low shot just passed Ostepchuk's right toe to trim the deficit to 7-5. The two-goal margin was as close as the score would get as Norwich deposited an empty-net marker from the left side off of William Pelletier's stick with 1:37 remaining.