NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University men's ice hockey team won its fourth straight game with a 4-2 victory over Skidmore College on Friday night at Kreitzberg Arena in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) action.
The first-place Cadets (12-4-1, 9-1-1 NEHC) got a goal and an assist each from freshmen Felix Brassard (St. Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec) and Ryan Boucher (Fitchburg, Mass.) to lead the offense on the night.
Sophomore goalie Tom Aubrun (Chamonix, France) stayed perfect in his career, stopping 24 shots to improve to 4-0-0 on the season.
Skidmore (2-15-1, 0-10-1 NEHC) opened the scoring at the 8:17 mark of the first period with Matt Bernot scoring off an assist from Misha Mrotchek. Mrotchek got a stick on a puck while colliding with a NU player and the puck deflected out in front of the net to Bernot who buried a shot into the corner of the net to give the Thoroughbreds a 1-0 lead.
Boucher netted his first collegiate goal just 20 seconds later at the 8:37 mark scoring on his backhand on a rebound after an initial save was made on Jordan Hall (Anchorage, Alaska). Brassard picked up the secondary assist.
Skidmore responded at the 12:50 mark to take a 2-1 lead with Brandon Borges shoveling a puck past Aubrun on the near post after a sneaky pass by Paul Vella from behind the net as he was circling to the other side.
Norwich responded again, this time at the 19:23 mark with Brassard blasting a slap shot past Skidmore goalie Brandon Kasel directly off a faceoff win by Boucher. Brassard ripped a one-timer into the left corner of the net for his fifth goal of the season.
The Cadets took their first lead of the game at the 13:26 mark with Alec Brandrup (Rochester, Minn.) blasting a slap shot from the point through traffic on the power play to score what would prove to be the game-winning goal. Connor Evangelista (Wakefield, Mass.) and Jack Griffin (Duxbury, Mass.) picked up assists on the goal.
Norwich got some insurance at the 17:35 mark of the third period with Taeron Lewis (Winnipeg, Manitoba) scoring an insurance tally on the power play again to seal the victory. Carter Cowlthorp (Boissevain, Manitoba) and Scott Swanson (Wheaton, Ill.) notched assists on the goal after getting initial whacks on the puck off a scrum in front of the net. Lewis ended up scoring after he found a loose rebound, turned and fired a wrist shot through a mass of bodies piled up in the crease for his third goal of the season.
Kasel made 23 saves for Skidmore to take the loss. Norwich outshot Skidmore 27-26 for the game and finished 2-for-3 on the power play.
The Cadets now have a three-point and four-point lead on UMass Boston and Babson respectively in the standings following losses by the Beacons and Beavers on Friday night to Southern Maine and New England College respectively.
Norwich will now host No. 14/15-ranked Hobart College for the first time as a member of the NEHC on Saturday at 4 p.m. The two teams played to a 2-2 tie earlier this season in Geneva, N.Y.