The Norwich University men's ice hockey team continued its recent dominance over long time arch-rival Middlebury with a 5-2 win in the 147th meeting between the two rivals on Saturday night at Kreitzberg Arena.
Norwich (11-3-2, 7-1-1 ECAC East) got goals from five different players as the Cadets improved to 10-2-2 in its last 14 meetings with their instate rivals. Middlebury still leads the all-time series 80-59-8.
Senior forward Shane Gorman (Trumbull, Conn.) scored a goal and added an assist to lead the Cadets' offense. Erik Lyrvall (Falun, Sweden), William Pelletier (St. Jean Chrysotome, Quebec), Dean Niezgoda (Brewster, Mass.) and Chris Duszynski (Okotoks, Alberta) each scored as well.
Norwich thoroughly dominated the opening 20 minutes of the game with perhaps their best period of the season, outshooting Middlebury 17-1. The Panthers didn't record their first shot until 22 seconds left in the stanza.
Gorman opened the scoring 5:25 into the game with an unassisted goal for his eighth tally of the season to put Norwich up 1-0. Duszynski had a puck knocked away by a Middlebury defender that bounced right to Gorman who wristed a shot over the glove of Middlebury starting goalie Nick BonDurant from the high slot.
Lyrvall added to the lead later in the first period when he took a shot from the point that redirected off a few bodies in front of the net and fluttered into the top right corner of the net to make it 2-0 Norwich. Nevin Lawler (Fitchburg, Mass.) notched an assist on the goal.
Duszynski made it 3-0 Norwich at the 12:01 mark of the second period with his team-leading 14th goal of the season off assists from Travis Janke (Swift Current, Saskatchewan) and Gorman picked up assists on the goal. With the assist, Janke took over sole possession of eighth place on the all-time NU career assists chart with 95 helpers, passing Kurtis McLean '05.
Pelletier added a backbreaker with 12 seconds left in the period with a bullet of a wrist shot that beat BonDurant low stick side to make it 4-0 Norwich. Trevor Stewart (Mission, Texas) and Bryce Currier (Essex Junction, Vt.) notched the assists on the goal.
Niezgoda made it 5-0 just 2:21 into the third period, sniping a shot short side that beat Middlebury's relief goalie Drew Michals, who started the third period in net. Tyler Piacentini (South Weymouth, Mass.) and Austin Surowiec (Louisville, Ky.) picked up the assists.
Middlebury broke up Norwich starting goalie Chris Czarnota's shutout bid at the 11:09 mark of the third when Stowe, Vt.'s Zach Haggerty scored on a wide open net on a 5-on-4 power play off a feed from Terrance Goguen. Evan Neugold picked up the second assist.
The Panthers cut it to 5-2 at the 18:04 mark when Louis Belisle added another power play tally off assists from Ben Wiggins and Max Greenwald. Belisle scooped up a loose puck on the doorstep of the crease and beat Czarnota five-hole with traffic in front to cap the scoring.
Czarnota made 18 saves to improve to 2-0-0 on the season. BonDurant made 24 saves, including a couple of highlight reel stops in the first period that kept Norwich from blowing the game wide open early.
Norwich hosts the Univ. of New England and Southern Maine next Friday and Saturday at Kreitzberg Arena. Faceoff vs. UNE is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday and then Southern Maine will start at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
The Cadets lead Babson by one point in the ECAC East standings as they continue their quest for their 16th straight ECAC East regular season title. UMass-Boston is three points back after losing to New England College on Saturday.
Courtesy: Norwich Athletics
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