Men's Hockey: Norwich extends unbeaten streak to 12 straight, beat JWU 5-1

Brett Ouderkirk men's hockey action vs. Skidmore

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Norwich University men's hockey team extended its unbeaten streak to 12 straight games with a 5-1 victory over Johnson & Wales University on Saturday afternoon at Lynch Rink in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) action.

Freshman Brett Ouderkirk (Monkland, Ontario) stayed red-hot with two goals for the second straight night to bring his total to five on the week and stretch his team to 12 on the season. 

TJ Dockery (Lockport, N.Y.), Ryan Boucher (Fitchburg, Mass.) and Sam DiBitetto (Hilton, N.Y.) each scored goals as well for the Cadets to lead the offense. Junior goalie Tom Aubrun (Chamonix, France) made 12 saves in net to improve to 13-3-3 on the season.

Johnson & Wales (4-16-3, 2-12-2 NEHC) struck first blood with Connor Bechtel scoring an unassisted goal on a scramble in front of the Norwich net at the 6:06 mark of the first periold.

However, Norwich (16-4-3, 11-4-1 NEHC) came storming back to score five unaswered goals to cruise to the win and the season sweep of the Wildcats.

Ouderkirk got the Cadets on the board just past the midway point of the period with a goal off a pretty set up from Coby Downs (Montclair, Calif.) and Maxime Borduas (St. Cesaire, Quebec). Downs worked the puck up the boards from the right with a pass down to Borduas along the goal line. Borduas immediately sent the puck out to Ouderkirk in the middle of the slot, who fired a shot into the corner of the net for his 11th goal of the year.

DiBitetto scored his second goal of the season just 1:20 later with an unassisted power play goal to make it 2-1 Norwich.

Ouderkirk cappped the first period scoring with 37 seconds left in the opening frame with a twisted wrister from the top of the slot to beat JWU goalie Mike Rockwell to the side of the net off assists from Felix Brassard (St. Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec) and Dockery. 

Norwich extended the lead to 4-1 at the 17:49 mark of the second period with Dockery scoring an unassisted goal for his third goal of the year.

Boucher capped the scoring with a snipe slap shot from the top of the slot with 3:55 left in the game with assists from Jake Erickson (Stillwater, Minn.) and Brassard. 

With the win and Babson tying Skidmore, Norwich is now tied with the Beavers for second place in the NEHC standings with two games left in the season. Norwich will face Southern Maine and New England College at home next weekend, while Babson will have a home-and-home series with conference-leading UMass Boston.