Men’s Hockey: Salvucci’s hat trick powers Cadets past Beavers, 5-3

Kevin Salvucci men's hockey vs. Babson


BABSON PARK, Mass. – Senior forward Kevin Salvucci (Plymouth, Mass.) of the Norwich University men's ice hockey team returned to the lineup in a big way, scoring his second collegiate hat trick to lead the Cadets to a huge 5-3 victory over Babson College on Friday night. 

Salvucci scored the game-winning goal at the 14:28 mark of the third period to break a 3-3 tie for his second goal of the night off an assist from freshman Carter Cowlthorp (Boissevain, Manitoba). He then added an insurance tally at the 19:54 mark of the third period to cap the scoring and seal the victory. 

Senior Payton Baldillez (Arlington, Texas) tallied two assists for Norwich (13-5-1, 10-2-1 NEHC) as the Cadets maintained their lead in the league standings with 21 points. UMass Boston and Hobart moved into a tie for second place with 18 points following each team winning on Friday. Babson dropped from second to fourth with the loss with 17 points. 

Babson (10-8-2, 8-4-1 NEHC) took a 1-0 lead at the 9:29 mark of the first period with Matt McMorrow scoring off assists from Tommy Munichiello and Rob Devaney. 

Salvucci scored his first of the night at the 18:23 mark on the power play with Baldillez and Christian Thompson (Windham, N.H.) picking up the assists. 

Norwich took a 2-1 lead just 45 seconds into the middle frame with Kale Kane (Kahnawake, Quebec) scoring his fifth goal of the season off an assist from Coby Downs (Montclair, Calif.).

Evangelista increased the lead to 3-1 with a power play goal off an assist from Felix Brassard (St. Jean-sur-Richelieu). 

Babson came back strong with two power play goals to tie the game up at 3-3 with goals at the 8:50 and 11:15 mark from Connor Dahlman and Ryan Gouveia. 

Senior goalie Braeden Ostepchuk (Lethbridge, Alberta) made 32 saves to improve to 9-5-1 on the season and picked up his 48th career victory. Bryan Botcher made 27 saves to fall to 3-1-0 on the season. 

Norwich faces UMass Boston at 4 p.m. on Saturday in another crucial league showdown with the Beacons. The Cadets beat UMB 5-0 earlier this season at Kreitzberg Arena.