Men's Hockey: Cadets tie Endicott 3-3 in season opener

Connor Swystun men's hockey vs. Hobart

BEVERLY, Mass. - For the second time in the last three years the Norwich University men's ice hockey team opened a season with a 3-3 tie vs. Endicott College.

The Cadets rallied from a 3-0 deficit with three unanswered goals to salvage a tie in Cam Ellsworth's collegiate head coaching debut after he took over the reins of the program from Mike McShane this summer.

Juniors Josh Cronin (Langley, British Columbia) and Taeron Lewis (Winnipeg, Manitoba), as well as sophomore Connor Swystun (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) each scored a goal to lead the Norwich offense on the day.

Junior Tom Aubrun (Chamonix, France) made 23 saves in goal for the Cadets to pick up the tie. 

After a scoreless first period, Endicott took the lead at the 5:43 mark of the second period with a powerplay goal by Josh Bowes. The Gulls struck again less than two minutes later with Joseph Slovak adding another power play goal to push the Endicott lead to 2-0. Bowes scored his second of the night shorthanded at the 8:13 mark of the second period to complete the three-goal outburst in a span of just 2:30.

Norwich finally got on the board with Cronin's first collegiate goal at the 14:14 mark of the second period off assists from Coby Downs (Montclair, Calif.) and Swystun. Cronin slapped a shot through Endicott goalie Connor O'Brien's five-hole to cut the deficit to 3-1.

The Cadets scored again just 1:41 later with Lewis scoring his first goal of the season off assists from Jordan Hall (Anchorage, Alaska) and David Robertson (Boissevain, Manitoba). 

Swystun scored the game-tying goal with a blast from the point on the power play for his first collegiate goal off assists from Josh Vertentes (Reboboth, Mass.) and Kale Kane (Kahnawake, Quebec).

Norwich thought it had scored the game-winning goal in the last minute of overtime, but the officials waved off the goal.

Norwich outshot Endicott 42-26 in the game. O'Brien made 39 saves for Endicott.

The Cadets return home to Kreitzberg Arena for its New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) opening weekend when it hosts Skidmore at 7 p.m. on Friday and defending league champion Hobart on Saturday at 4 p.m.