Instant classic are the only two words to describe the 144th all-time meeting between No. 2-ranked Norwich and No. 12-ranked Middlebury.
NU senior forward Colin Mulvey scored with 6.7 seconds to lift the Cadets to a thrilling 5-4 victory over their long-time arch rival Panthers in the 2012 PrimeLink Great Northern ShootOut championship game on Saturday night at Kreitzberg Arena.
Mulvey was named the Tournament Most Valuable Player after he capped off a furious three-goal comeback, helping Norwich turn a 4-2 deficit with just over six minutes remaining into a 5-4 victory to repeat as the PrimeLink Tournament champions. The Cadets (7-0-0, 5-0-0 ECAC East) also claimed their record eighth overall title in the 15-year history of the prestigious tournament.
The Cadets outshot Middlebury 30-23 and were 2-for-4 on the power play while Middlebury was 1-for-2. Czarnota made 19 saves for Norwich to record his third win of the season and improve to 11-1-1 in his career. BonDurant made 25 saves in the loss for Middlebury to fall to 2-1-1.
Norwich extended its home unbeaten streak to 34 straight games with the victory and improved to 8-2-1 in its last 11 games against Middlebury. The Panthers still lead the all-time series 80-57-7. The teams will write another chapter in their storied rivalry on Jan. 8, 2013 when the Cadets travel to the Chip Kenyon '85 Arena to take on Middlebury in a non-conference tilt.
Freshman forward Connor Gorman scored a goal and tallied an assist to lead the Plattsburgh State men's hockey team to a 2-0 win over the University of St. Thomas (Minn.) in the consolation game of the 15th annual PrimeLink Great Northern ShootOut at Norwich University's Kreitzberg Arena.
After a scoreless first period that featured a large portion of time in the neutral zone and just four total shots on goal between both teams, Plattsburgh (6-2-0, 5-1-0 SUNYAC) quickly tallied two goals 1:03 apart to seize momentum in the second period.
Sophomore forward Mark Constantine opened the scoring at the 3:27 mark of the second stanza off an assist from Connor Gorman to put the Cardinals up 1-0. Constantine beat St. Thomas goalie Tyrone Simcoe to the left side of the cage off an assist from Gorman.
Just over a minute later, Plattsburgh State struck again with Gorman capitalizing on a power-play opportunity. Gorman found himself in the right place at the right time tapping home a rebound that was lying in the crease after Simcoe made the initial save on Andrew Smith's shot from the point.
The underlying story of Saturday's game was Plattsburgh goaltender Sam Foley, who was called upon for the second start of his collegiate career. Foley, a junior out of Woodbury, Minn., stopped all 15 shots he faced to earn his first career victory and shutout for the Cardinals.
F. Tory Allan, Norwich
F. Connor Gorman, Plattsburgh
F. Evan Neugold, Middlebury
D. Erik Lyrvall, Norwich
D. Rob Vannelli, St. Thomas
MVP- Tory Allan, Norwich
Rookie – Matt Silcoff, Middlebury
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