Men’s Hockey: Norwich edges Hobart 2-1 to win 13th NEHC Tournament title

Michael Menn - NEHC Champs

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Revenge tour complete. 

After seeing its season end on home ice one year ago in the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) Championship game vs. Hobart, the Norwich University men's ice hockey made sure it didn't happen again on Saturday night. 

Sophomore Felix Brassard (St. Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec) scored 3:41 into the third period for the eventual game-winning goal to lift the Cadets to a 2-1 win over Hobart and claim their record 13th NEHC Tournament title in the process. 

Sophomore Ryan Boucher (Fitchburg, Mass.) won a faceoff over to his left and then Brassard fired a wrist shot over the glove of Hobart goalie Liam Lascelle for his 10th goal of the season and give Norwich its first and only lead of the game. 

Junior goalie Tom Aubrun (Chamonix, France) and the Norwich defense took care of the rest as Aubrun stopped 29 shots en route to being named the NEHC Tournament Most Valuable Player. 

Junior Jordan Hall (Anchorage, Alaska) scored for the third straight game and continued his playoff goal-scoring streak with the Cadets' first goal of the game in the second period. 

Hobart thought it took a 1-0 lead with 3:44 to go in the first period but a deflection by Ryan Lynch was waved off in front for a Statesmen player being in the crease. 

The Statesmen made it count for good just 30 seconds later though as Mike Faulker sent a wrist shot through traffic from the top of the left faceoff circle that beat Aubrun between the arm and his body and trickled over the line to put Hobart up 1-0. 

Norwich finally solved Lascelle at the 12:50 mark of the second period with Hall scoring on a terrific individual effort, picking the puck up on his own goal line and going 200-feet coast to coast while weaving between a couple Hobart defenders and then firing a wrist shot that beat Lascelle blocker side to tie the game up at 1-1. 

Hall, Brassard and Gabriel Chicoine (St. Dominique, Quebec) were named to the NEHC All-Tournament team for Norwich, while Hobart's Faulkner and Lascelle rounded out the team. 

Norwich extended its unbeaten streak to 17 straight games with the win as the Cadets improved to 15-0-2 in 2019. NU also punched its ticket to its 18th NCAA Tournament appearance with the win. 

Norwich will find out its fate on Monday, March 4 during the NCAA selection show. The selection show will air at 10:30 a.m. on Monday on www.ncaa.com