Senior forward Chris Duszynski (Okotoks, Alberta) notched his second hat trick of the season to lead the Norwich University men's ice hockey team to a 6-2 win over Castleton on Saturday afternoon at Kreitzberg Arena.
Norwich (7-1-2, 6-0-1 ECAC East) completed the weekend sweep and picked up its eighth straight victory in the "Battle of Vermont" rivalry with Castleton.
Duszynski opened the scoring with a howitzer blast over the glove of Castleton starting goalie Erik Cinotti from just inside the blue line on the right wing. Fellow senior forward Shane Gorman (Trumbull, Conn.) dropped the puck back to Duszynski who got all of his body behind the shot before sailing it into the top right corner of the net for his ninth goal of the season.
Castleton (5-4-1, 4-3-1 ECAC East) evened the score at the 4:02 mark of the second period when Colin Murray got around Ryan Whitell (Calgary, Alberta) in a 1-on-1 situation and pushed the puck just inside the left post and past NU starting goalie Matic Marinsek (Ljubljana, Slovenia). Bart Moran and Tyler Gaudy each picked up assists on the goal for the Spartans as well.
Norwich didn't take long to regain the lead though as just 2:14 later senior forward Travis Janke (Swift Current, Saskatchewan) tapped home a loose rebound in the crease after Cinotti couldn't control the rebound off a shot from the point by Corey Hale (Montreal, Quebec). Erik Lyrvall (Falun, Sweden) also picked up an assist on the goal.
The Cadets extended the lead to 3-1 at the 14:27 mark of the second period when Trevor Stewart (Mission, Texas) one-timed a shot from the top of the left faceoff circle that deflected off a Castleton defender's stick and into the right corner of the net. Hale and Janke notched assists on the goal.
Norwich kept the pressure on to open up the third period as Whitell slapped a puck past Cinotti from the point that kicked out to him after Brian Rowland's initial shot was blocked.
Whitell's goal ended up chasing Cinotti as Castleton head coach Steve Moffat pulled his starter for freshman Mark Hochman to finish up the remainder of the game.
Duszynski greeted the rookie goalie by tapping home a cross pass from Gorman on the doorstep of the crease to put Norwich up 5-1 with the Cadets' second power play goal of the game. Freshman forward Paul Russell (Andover, Mass.) picked up the first assist of his collegiate career on the goal as well.
Castleton's Ryan Frost cut the deficit back down to 5-2 at the 15:37 mark of the third period when he one-timed a shot into the left side of the net in the middle of the slot off a crossing pass from the near boards by Charles Bando.
Duszynski capped the scoring by stuffing home a rebound on the weak side while being shoved to the ice for his team-leading 11th goal of the season and third of the night. Zac Fulton (East Thetford, Vt.) and Dmitry Ermakov (Columbia, Md.) each picked up assists on the goal.
Marinsek made 17 saves for Norwich to improve to 6-1-2 on the season. Cinotti took the loss for Castleton after making 11 saves on 15 shots in 42:46. Hochman made seven saves on nine shots in relief.
With the victory and a Babson loss to the Univ. of New England, Norwich now has a three-point lead at the top of the ECAC East standings heading into the holiday break. Norwich has 13 points, while Babson has 10 and has played one less game than the Cadets.
Norwich won't play again until the new year, when it hosts its annual holiday tournament with the 2014 Northfield Savings Bank Holiday Tournament at Kreitzberg Arena. The Cadets will face Milwaukee School of Engineering in the first round on Friday, Jan. 3, while Plymouth State takes on Amherst in the other game.
Courtesy: Norwich Athletics
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