#1 Norwich Proves Too Much For Men's Hockey, 6-1
NORTHFIELD, Vt.—Top-ranked Norwich University (13-1-0, 8-0-0 ECAC East) used a three-goal third period to overcome the #13/16 Beacons (9-3-1, 3-3-1 ECAC East) Friday night and earn a 6-1 win at Kreitzberg Arena.
The loss broke the Beacons 8-game unbeaten streak and seven-game winning streak, that dated back to mid-November. UMass Boston's one goal was their fewest all season long, and fewest since a 3-1 loss at Norwich last season on February 17, 2012, a span of 14 games.
After a relatively even first period in which Norwich took a 2-1 lead into the break, the Cadets scored three goals within two minutes in the second period to blow the game wide open.
Norwich senior forward Colin Mulvey scored two goals including his national-leading sixth game-winning goal of the season, to keep the Cadets undefeated in conference play.
Junior forward Mark Grinhaus (Scarsdale, N.Y.) picked up the lone UMass Boston goal at 9:05 of the first period to momentarily tie the game at 1. Fellow junior Cam Harvey (Bow, N.H.) picked up the assist on the play.
In net, freshman goaltender Zach Andrews stopped 18 of the 24 shots he saw, in his first action against the ECAC East power. Junior Chris Czarnota made 15 stops on 16 shots for the Cadets.
Norwich took an early 1-0 lead at the 7:33 mark when Travis Janke beat Andrews on the second Cadets shot of the game.
Grinhaus evened it up at the 9:05 mark, but Norwich would grab the lead for good just 19 seconds later. Mulvey took a pass from Tory Allan and the senior forward buried it by Andrews for a 2-1 lead.
The two teams would play even hockey for the next 20 minutes of action, but the quick-strike Norwich offense blew the Beacons out of the game just after midway through the second.
Within a one minute and 55 second span, Nevin Lawler, Shane Gorman and Bryce Currier all scored for the Cadets to make it a 5-1 Norwich lead at 13:16 of the second period.
UMass Boston would hold their own in the third period, outshooting the Cadets 7-4, but Mulvey made it 6-1 Cadets with a goal at 16:46 of the third.
For the game, UMass Boston's top-ranked power-play went 0-for-3, while Norwich ended the night 1-for-5.
The Beacons will get right back onto the ice Saturday, when they take on St. Michael's College at 3:00 p.m.