BOSTON – The Norwich University men's ice hockey had its most impressive weekend of the season, sweeping its annual Boston weekend road trip with a 5-4 win over UMass Boston on Saturday afternoon.
Norwich (14-5-1, 11-2-1 NEHC) had five different goal scorers as the Cadets maintained their hold on the top of the league standings with the four-point weekend. NU now leads second place Hobart by three points. Babson is four points back in third and UMass Boston is five points in fourth.
Sophomore defenseman Jake Erickson (Stillwater, Minn.) scored the game-winning goal at the 13:57 mark of the third period off assists from Christian Thompson (Windham, N.H.) and Jordan Hall (Anchorage, Alaska) to clinch the victory.
The first two periods were back and forth affairs for both sides. In the first period, UMass Boston (14-7-0, 9-5-0 NEHC) took two separate one-goal leads only to have Norwich answer back each time. John Regnart opened the scoring for UMass Boston at the 2:34 mark, but Norwich answered right back with Coby Downs (Montclair, Calif.) blasting a slap shot over the glove of UMB's goalie at the 4:24 mark on the power play.
Less than a minute later, UMass Boston's Colin Larkin gave the Beacons a 2-1 lead. However, sophomore Jack Griffin (Duxbury, Mass.) scored an unassisted goal just after a NU penalty expired on a breakaway, sniping the top shelf to tie it back up at 2-2.
In the second period, the exact opposite happened with Norwich taking two one-goal leads only to have UMass Boston respond each time.
Freshman Kale Kane (Kahnawake, Quebec) scored his sixth goal of the season with an unassisted tally to make it 3-2 Cadets just 23 seconds into the period. UMass Boston responded on the power play at the 5:20 mark with Nick Albano scoring off assists from Zack Bross and Nolan Redler.
Ryan Boucher scored unassisted just 36 seconds later to give the Cadets a 4-3 lead. However, UMass Boston answered again with Garrison Sanipass notching his 10th goal of the season from Redler and Larkin.
NU senior goalie Braeden Ostepchuk (Lethbridge, Alberta) made 36 saves to improve to 10-5-1 on the year. UMass Boston's Bailey MacBurnie stopped 35 shots for the Beacons in the loss.
Norwich will travel to Southern Maine and New England College again next weekend in its final road trip of the regular season.