#1 Norwich Slips Past Men's Hockey 5-3

#1 Norwich Slips Past Men's Hockey 5-3

NORTHFIELD, Vt.—Despite outshooting the #1 team in the nation by a 35-14 margin, UMass Boston fell 5-3 to host Norwich University on Saturday afternoon at Kreitzberg Arena. 

THE BASICS

#1 Norwich University 5, UMass Boston 3

(UMass Boston 3-3, New England Hockey Conference 2-2)
(Norwich University 7-0, New England Hockey Conference 6-0)
HOW IT HAPPENED

Playing with just 11 forwards and without their starting goalie, the Beacons dominated the play, but couldn't come away with a victory. 

Chris Peters (Fairport, N.Y.) led the Beacons offensively with a goal and an assist. 

Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) and Ethan Nitkin (Miami Beach, Fla.) also scored for the visitors. 

In net, freshman Sam Best (Woburn, Mass.) allowed five goals on 14 shots in his first collegiate start. 

Norwich's Felix Brassard paced the hosts with two goals. Gabriel Chicoine (three assists) and Maxime Borduas (one goal and two assists) each posted a team-high three points in the win. 

Senior goalie Tom Aubrun made 32 saves on 35 shots to improve to 7-0-0 on the season. 

The Cadets took a 1-0 lead just 3:50 into the contest. After the Beacons were whistled for an early penalty, Brassard blasted a slap shot past Best at 3:50 off passes from Chicoine and Coby Downs. 

UMass Boston answered back with a goal on their first power-play of the game. With less than five seconds left on the power-play, Best fed the puck ahead to Peters, who rifled a shot past Aubrun at 10:07. 

Moments after the game-tying goal, the game went into a lengthy delay, after Ethan Osburn's (Prescott, Ariz.) skate broke a pane of glass along the near-side boards. 

The Beacons took their only lead moments after their second power-play of the game. With the penalty just expired, Daniel Nachbaur (Richland, Wash.) found Redler for the go-ahead goal at 17:28. 

Norwich stunned the Beacons with a power-play goal just before the first intermission. Brassard scored at 19:57 of the first period to tie the game at 2-2. 

UMass Boston outshot the hosts 15-6 in the second period, but found themselves looking up at Norwich on the scoreboard. 

Noah Williams scored the period's lone goal at 6:56, with Borduas and Philip Elgstam picking up assists on the play. 

The Beacons answered back early in the third, as they scored their second power-play goal of the game. This time it was Nitkin, with Peters and freshman Davis Browning (Dallas, Texas) recording assists on the play. 

Brett Ouderkirk put Norwich ahead at 12:21 and the Cadets added a huge insurance goal on the power-play at 18:52 to secure the win. 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • UMass Boston outshot Norwich in all three periods. The Beacons held the Cadets to six or fewer shots in all three stanzas and posted eight or more shots of their own. For the game, the Beacons led 35-14. 
  • Coming into Saturday's game, the Cadets had allowed just one goal in their first six games. 
  • The Beacons went 2-5 on the power-play, while Norwich finished 3-5. 
  • Peters has now recorded a point in all four games he's played this season. The sophomore has two goals and three assists this year. 
  • The Beacons trail the all-time series against Norwich 45-11. UMass Boston has now lost 11-straight games to the Cadets at Kreitzberg Arena. 
  • Browning has recorded an assist in each of the Beacons' past three games. 

WHO'S NEXT 

UMass Boston will head to Maine next weekend, to take on Colby College (Saturday at 4 p.m.) and Bowdoin College (Sunday at 4 p.m.).