HENNIKER, N.H. – Junior forward Tory Allan (Davidson, Saskatchewan) scored one minute into overtime to lift the No. 1-ranked Norwich men's ice hockey team to a 3-2 win over New England College on Saturday in ECAC East action.
With the win and Castleton's tie against Babson, Norwich (18-1-1, 13-1-0 ECAC East) now leads the league standings by four points with four games to play as it continues its quest for a 14th straight ECAC East regular season title.
Samuli Turunen gave New England College a 1-0 lead 7:25 into the game and snapping sophomore goalie Chris Czarnota's (Wakefield, Mass.) consecutive shutout minutes streak at 229 minutes and 20 seconds.
The Pilgrims (9-8-4, 6-5-3 ECAC East) carried the 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
However, the Cadets didn't take long to tie things up in the second period as junior forward Pier-Olivier Cotnoir (Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec) scored his team-leading 14th goal 39 seconds into period on a power play to knot the game at one.
Just past the midway point of the period, sophomore Shane Gorman (Trumbull, Conn.) scored on another power play for his seventh goal on the season and give NU its first lead of the game with assists from Chris Duszynski (Okotoks, Alberta) and Blake Forkey (Boca Raton, Fla.)
Turenen tied the game up for NEC with his second goal of the game at the 9:58 mark of the third period with assists from Andre Stalberg and Jarko Leppanen.
Czarnota made 19 saves for Norwich to improve to 7-0-0 on the year while Shawn Sirman was saddled with the loss after turning aside 35 shots to drop to 5-8-3.
The Cadets return to action Friday, Feb. 10 and Sat. Feb. 11 with its final regular season roadtrip. NU will head out to Saratoga Springs to take on Skidmore on Friday at 7 p.m. and then on Saturday will take on in-state rival Castleton at 4 p.m. in "The Battle of Vermont".
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