NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University men's ice hockey team's offensive woes continued on Saturday afternoon in a 1-0 loss to Suffolk University at Kreitzberg Arena in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) action.
Suffolk freshman forward Eric Wright scored the game's only goal at the 3:07 mark of the third period off a wild scramble in front of the net to lift the Rams to their first NEHC victory in their first year in the conference.
All 10 skaters on the ice, including NU freshman goalie Adam Mercer (Belchertown, Mass.) were scrambling and flopping all around the NU net after an initial shot hit off Mercer's shoulder and landed near the crease. The battle was on from there as every player from both team was diving all over the place to try and get to the puck. Wright finally won out and stuffed the puck over the goal line with a wake of bodies in his path for his first collegiate goal.
Norwich (5-3-1, 3-3-0 NEHC) outshot Suffolk 35-21 in the game, including a 16-6 edge in the first period and an 11-5 advantage in the final period. However, they were unable to solve Suffolk goalie Michael Levine who pitched the shutout to improve to 3-5-0 on the season.
The Cadets rang a couple of shots off the post in the first 10 minutes of the game, but they were unable to light the lamp despite holding a big territorial and possession advantage.
Norwich closes out the first half of the season on the road next Friday and Saturday at the University of Southern Maine and New England College.