NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Junior Colin Mulvey (Worcester, Mass.) and Chris Duszynski (Okotoks, Alberta) each scored third period goals to help the top-ranked Norwich men's ice hockey team finish the first half of the season unbeaten and salvage a 4-4 tie with No. 7 Plattsburgh State on Friday night at Kreitzberg Arena.
Heading into the final period, Norwich (8-0-1, 6-0-0 ECAC East) trailed by two goals for the first time this season. Plattsburgh (6-2-3, 6-1-1 SUNYAC) had all the momentum going its way after junior forward Jared Docking scored two goals to break a 2-2 deadlock and turn it into a 4-2 Cardinals' lead heading into the second intermission.
The Cadets cut the deficit to one at the 7:11 mark when Mulvey slammed home a deflected pass from Tory Allan (Davidson, Sask.). Allan walked out from the half boards and tried to send a pass to Mulvey who was cutting through the slot. However, a Plattsburgh defender caught a piece of the pass to slow it down. Mulvey still recovered in time though and beat Plattsburgh goalie Mathieu Cadieux who never had a chance to recover from the deflection.
Just 4:31 later Duszynski kept his recent hot streak going when he took his own blocked pass and shoved a puck top shelf on the back hand over Cadieux's shoulder to knot the game up at four. Duszynski initially tried to feed Igor Martinez (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) in the slot but the pass was blocked. Instead he scooped up the puck and flicked it past Cadieux to send the Kreitzberg faithful into a frenzy.
Norwich got on the board first at the 8:19 mark of the first period when Shane Gorman's (Trumbull, Conn.) wrist shot crossed up Cadieux and trickled over the line to give the Cadets a 1-0 lead. Gorman took a wrist shot from the edge of the left faceoff circle that Cadieux got a glove on, but not enough to keep the shot from getting behind him.
Plattsburgh answered back at the 11:44 mark when Ryan Craig beat Norwich goalie Parker Carroll (West Chester, Pa.) on the doorstep of the crease off assists from Jake Mooney and Ryan Craig.
Less than a minute later, the Cadets regained the lead with Doug Lindensmith's (Sterling Heights, Mich.) sixth goal of the season. Lindensmith beat Cadieux off an assist from Duszynski.
Just under three minutes later, Plattsburgh tied it back up with a brilliant unassisted goal from Ryan Farnan. Farnan got control of the puck behind the Norwich cage, skated to the bottom of the right face-off circle, turned and fired a quick wrist shot top shelf into the upper right hand corner of the goal and past Carroll's blocker.
Docking scored his first goal of the year at the 8:54 mark of the second period to give Plattsburgh its first lead of the game when he slid a puck past a sprawled out Carroll after a pretty tic-tac-toe passing play from Mooney and Craig.
Docking struck again with just 17 seconds left in the period when he picked the pocket of a Norwich forward after the Cadet fumbled the outlet pass and skated in on Carroll from the left wing. Docking faked a shot to get Carroll to commit and then circled behind the net. While Carroll was struggling to get back in position, Docking wrapped the puck around the far post and into the back of the net to increase the Plattsburgh lead to 4-2.
Norwich outshot Plattsburgh 24-21. Both teams were 0-for-2 on the power play and each team committed two penalties for four minutes. The Cadets blew a 5-on-3 opportunity in the second period when Plattsburgh's Mike Grace and Nick Jensen were whistled for penalties 52 seconds apart. However, Norwich failed to get a shot on goal during the two-man advantage.
Carroll made 17 saves for Norwich and is now 6-0-1 on the year. Cadieux stopped 20 shots for Plattsburgh and is now 3-2-2 on the season.
Friday night's game was stark contrast to Norwich's 3-0 win earlier this year in the opening round of the PrimeLink Great Northern ShootOut. Right from the opening faceoff Plattsburgh came out aggressive with an offensive mindset that was lacking in the matchup two weeks ago which saw the Cardinals only put 12 shots on net at Middlebury's Chip Kenyon '85 Arena.
Norwich is off until Jan. 6 when the Cadets host their annual holiday tournament at Kreitzberg Arena. NU will take on SUNY Morrisville at 7 p.m. that day after Elmira meets Fitchburg State in the early game at 4 p.m.
Norwich's Shawn Baker (6) and Plattsburgh's Ryan Farnan (44) battle for a loose puck during Friday night's game at Kreitzberg Arena. (Jennifer Langille/Norwich University)
Norwich's Chris Duszynski (44) tries to fend off a Plattsburgh defender as Igor Martinez, left and Doug Lindensmith (20) look on during Friday night's game at Kreitzberg Arena. (Jennifer Langille/Norwich University)
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