Men's Hockey: Hall's heroics boost Cadets past Panthers

Gabriel Chicoine men's hockey vs. Suffolk

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Junior forward Jordan Hall (Anchorage, Alaska) of the Norwich University men's ice hockey team scored the game-winning goal with 23 seconds left in regulation to lift the Cadets to a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Middlebury on Tuesday night at Kenyon Arena.

Hall scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season to lift the Cadets to a huge victory over long-time rival Middlebury, extending the Cadets' recent dominance of the all-time series.. 

Norwich (11-4-3) is now 14-1-2 in the last 17 meetings between the two schools as the Cadets have closed the gap in the all-time ledger to 80-67-9 in favor of the Panthers in the 156 meetings.

Freshman defenseman Gabriel Chicoine (St. Dominique, Quebec) tallied two assists, while freshman forward Maxime Borduas (St. Cesaire, Quebec) and sophomore forward Felix Brassard (St. Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec) rounded out the Cadets' offensive leaders on the night.

Junior goalie Tom Aubrun (Chamonix, France) made 20 saves to improve to 9-3-3 on the season. 

Middlebury (7-8-1) took a 1-0 lead just 16 seconds into the second period with Zach Shapiro scoring an unassisted goal for his sixth tally of the year.

The Panthers increased the lead to 2-0 at the 4:20 mark of the second period with Emack Bentley scoring off assists from from Kamil Tkaczuk and Michael Fahie. 

Norwich got one back just over three minutes later with Brassard scoring on the power play off assists from Coby Downs (Montclair, Calif.) and Chicoine.

Borduas stretched his point streak to five straight games with his fourth goal of the season on the power play off assists from Chicoine and Brett Ouderkirk (Monkland, Ontario). 

Chicoine drove a shot from the point that Borduas potted home on a rebound to knot the score at 2-2 at the 3:46 mark of the third period.

Hall scored the game-winner with a wrist shot from the middle of the slot that rolled up on Middlebury goalie Brian Ketchabaw's arm and just under the crossbar to seal the Panthers' fate.

Norwich outshot Middlebury 36-22 in the game. 

The Cadets stretched their unbeaten streak to seven straight with the win. NU entered the USCHO.com poll at No. 13 this week and jumped all the way up to 10th in the d3hockey.com national rankings.

Norwich will continue its Vermont-themed week as the Cadets will play a home and home series with Castleton on Friday and Saturday. Norwich hosts Castleton at 7 p.m. on Friday at Kreitzberg Arena on Gold Out Night, while Castleton hosts on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Spartan Arena.