Norwich University men's ice hockey coach Mike McShane became the seventh coach in NCAA hockey history at any level to record 700 career victories after a 3-0 win over Castleton University on Saturday afternoon at Spartan Arena.
"Any time this happens, and the guys work hard for it and get it, I appreciate it," McShane said. Thanks to everybody and the people who've helped me and the support I've had. I've had obviously great assistant coaches like the ones I have now, and great players and I appreciate the support."
McShane, now in his 22nd year at the helm of the Norwich men's ice hockey program, also accrued wins at Division I St. Lawrence and Providence before taking over in Northfield for the 1995-96 season. He has a 700-341-65 overall record in 36 years coaching. McShane is 456-123-34 in his 22 seasons at Norwich and he has guided the Cadets to three national championships, 17 NEHC regular season titles, 11 NEHC Tournament titles and 11 NCAA D-III Frozen Four appearances.
No. 12/15 nationally-ranked Norwich (5-1-1, 5-1-0 NEHC) got a pair of goals from senior forward Paul Russell (Andover, Mass.), while senior forwards Nick Pichette(Massena, N.Y.) and Anthony Flaherty (South Boston, Mass.) added a goal and an assist to lead the Norwich offense. Junior goalie Braeden Ostepchuk (Lethbridge, Alberta) made 24 saves to record his eighth career shutout.
Norwich will travel to Plattsburgh, N.Y. for the 19th annual PrimeLink Great Northern ShootOut next Friday and Saturday at the Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena. The Cadets take on Middlebury at 4 p.m. in the first game of the tournament. Plattsburgh meets 2014 PrimeLink champion Concordia (Minn.) at 7 p.m. in the other first round matchup.
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