NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The No. 5/6 nationally-ranked Norwich University men's ice hockey team fell behind 2-0, but rallied to score four unanswered goals in the final two periods to take a 4-2 victory over Babson College on Saturday afternoon in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) action.
Freshman forward Felix Brassard (St. Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec) tallied a goal and an assist, while sophomore defenseman TJ Dockery (Lockport, N.Y.) scored his first collegiate goal for what proved to be the game-winning goal to lead the Cadets to the victory.
Babson (1-2-0, 1-1-0 NEHC) capitalized on another slow start by Norwich, potting two goals in the first period by Zach Phelps and Joe DePietto before the midway point of the period to take a 2-0 lead and silence the home crowd early.
Phelps scored on a pass from Christian Faggas, beating Ostepchuk with a wrist shot at the 2:29 mark of the first period. The Beavers added to their lead just under five minutes later when DePietto sent a wrist shot through traffic that bounced off a body and into the back of the net to make it 2-0 Babson. Rob Devaney and Matt McMorrow picked up the assists on the goal.
Norwich went to work in the second period and started to pull the Beavers back in as Brassard scored his first of his collegiate career unassisted as he found a loose puck in the zone, turned and fired a wrist shot that beat Matt Pompa over the glove from the high slot at the 10:55 mark.
Norwich took its first lead of the game at the 10:43 mark of the third period with Dockery scoring his first collegiate goal from the top of the right circle with a slap shot that beat Pompa five hole off an assist from Brassard.
Jackson capped the scoring with an empty net goal for his team-leading third tally of the season off assists from Salvucci and Downs with 29 seconds left.
Braeden Ostepchuk (Lethbridge, Alberta) improved to 2-1 on the season after making 22 saves in the victory. Pompa stopped 28 shots in the loss for Babson.
Norwich sits tied atop the NEHC standings with newcomer Hobart after both teams swept the weekend for four points. Hobart defeated New England College 5-2 on the road today in Henniker, N.H.
The Cadets will hit the road for their first away games of the 2017-18 season next weekend when they travel to play Skidmore on Friday, Nov. 10 and then go to Geneva, N.Y. for their first NEHC league meeting with Hobart on Saturday at 4 p.m.