SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The Norwich University men's ice hockey team skated to a 3-3 tie vs. Skidmore College on Saturday afternoon at the Saratoga Springs Ice Rink.
In a back and forth game featuring just one penalty, Skidmore (9-6-2, 5-3-2 NEHC) was able to score the game-tying goal with 4:02 left in the third period to eek out the draw for the Thoroughbreds.
Freshman Maxime Borduas (St. Cesaire, Quebec) continued his impressive weekend, scoring his first collegiate goal and adding an assist for a four-point weekend to help lead the Cadets to the tie.
Skidmore took the lead just 1:10 into the game with Brandon Borges scoring off assists from Avery Steele and Reid Russell.
Norwich scored two quick goals in the later stages of the first period though with Borduas scoring at 13:37 and Brett Ouderkirk (Monkland, Ontario) scoring his team-leading sixth goal of the year at the 17:32 mark to give the Cadets a 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission.
Borges scored his second goal of the game at the 11:09 mark of the second period to knot the score at 2-2. Avery Steele and Will Steele picked up the assists on the goal.
Norwich took a 3-2 lead at the 4:40 with sophomore Felix Brassard (St. Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec) scoring his fifth of the year off assists from Borduas and Josh Cronin (Langley, British Columbia) picked up the assists on the goal.
Matt Wolf scored the equalizer off an assist from Tyler Hall to cap the scoring.
Junior goalie Tom Aubrun (Chamonix, France) made 21 saves for Norwich in goal to bring his record to 6-3-3 on the year. Skidmore's Brandon Kasel made 21 saves as well to bring his record to 6-4-1 on the season.
Norwich currently sits sixth in the NEHC standings with eight games remaining in the regular season with 11 points. Hobart and Skidmore are tied for fourth with 12 points. New England College is third with 13 points. The Cadets have an excellent opportunity to make up ground on home ice next weekend when NU hosts Babson and UMass Boston on Friday and Saturday. The Cadets take on second place Babson at 7 p.m. on Friday and then host the top-10 nationally ranked and conference-leading UMass Boston Beacons at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Saturday's tilt vs. UMass Boston will also be the inaugural Norwich Hockey Sock Toss presented by Darn Tough Vermont. After Norwich scores its first goal, fans are encouraged to throw a pair of unused socks onto the ice that will be donated to a local organization in Central Vermont. Darn Tough will be donating 1,400 pairs of socks to be thrown out on the ice.