NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University men's ice hockey team erupted for five third period goals to pull away from Connecticut College en route to a 6-0 win in the opening round of the 2013 Northfield Savings Bank Holiday Tournament on Friday night at Kreitzberg Arena.
Senior forward Tory Allan (Davidson, Saskatchewan) and junior forward Travis Janke (Swift Current, Saskatchewan) each notched a goal and two assists to lead the Cadets' offense. Junior goaltender Parker Carroll (West Chester, Pa.) also turned aside all seven shots he faced to pick up his second win of the season and eighth shutout of his career.
Norwich (11-0-0, 7-0-0 ECAC East) will face traditional ECAC West power Neumann University in the championship game at 7 p.m. after the Knights edged UMass-Dartmouth 3-2 in the early game on Friday afternoon. Neumann is coached by Norwich alum Dominick Dawes '04.
Despite outshooting Conn. College (2-6-1, 1-4-1 NESCAC) 26-4 over the first 40 minutes, NU was only able to muster one goal past the Camels' starting goalie Mike Petchonka.
Janke staked NU to the early lead just 3:12 into the contest when he banged home a rebound from the low slot into a wide open net after Petchonka couldn't control the puck off an initial shot by Colin Mulvey (Worcester, Mass.). Allan also picked up an assist on the goal.
Over the next 37 minutes though, Petchonka stymied the powerful Cadets' offense time and time again including making an incredible poke check to knock the puck off Kyle Thomas' (Waltham, Mass.) while he was on a clean breakaway in the second period.
However, Norwich scored twice in the first three minutes of the third period with goals by junior forward Chris Duszynski (Okotoks, Alberta) and Gerard McEleney (Canton, Mass.) to finally get some breathing room. Mulvey added a goal at the 5:14 mark and then Allan and Cotnoir chipped in with goals as well to help Norwich pull away in the final stanza.
Duszynski crashed the net and knocked home a rebound after Thomas' shot was initially saved by a sprawled out Petchonka to open the floodgates at the 1:28 mark of the third period. The goal was Duszynski's fourth on the season and Cotnoir also tallied an assist.
McEleney scored his third goal on the year by tipping home a pass from sophomore defenseman Alec Thieda (Rochester Hills, Mich.) from behind the net to beat Petchonka short side to the bottom left corner of the cage and put Norwich up 3-0.
Cotnoir capped the scoring by cashing in on another second chance as Thomas' shot was initially saved but the senior captain pounced on the rebound for his team-leading 10th goal of the season and 65th of his career.
Janke's three-point night leaves him just two points shy of becoming the 47th member of the Norwich 100-career-point club. He now has 29 goals and 69 assists for 98 points in 71 career games played.
Petchonka finished with 33 saves for Conn. College. NU was 1-for-4 on the power play while Conn. College was 0-for-2.