GENEVA, N.Y. — The Norwich men’s hockey team scored twice in a span of 77 seconds midway through the second period Friday, snapping Hobart’s five-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory.
Hobart entered the showdown as the No. 9 team in the Division III rankings, and both squads failed to score in the opening period. The Cadets broke the deadlock at 7:09 of the middle period when Gabriel Chicoine tallied his second goal of the season. Felix Brassard and Brett Ouderkirk assisted.
Coby Downs recorded his fourth goal of the season at 8:26 during a power play, with Jake Erickson notching the assist. Downs scored again at 15:56 of the second period for a 3-0 lead. Ouderkirk and Maxime Borduas assisted the power-play goal. Two minutes later, the Statesmen closed the gap to 3-1 when Chase Bell converted assists from Andrew Longo and Mark Benemerito.
The Cadets headed into the final period with a two-goal lead and goalie Tom Aubrun (33 saves) held on to preserve the shutout despite allowing another goal. Hobart’s TJ Schultz made it a 3-2 game 32 seconds into the final period, keeping the Cadets on their toes. Norwich’s Jordan Hall gave his team some more breathing room at 8:05 of the third period, recording his fourth goal of the season following a Statesmen turnover.
Hobart goalie Alexander Connal made 19 saves in the loss. The Statesmen had a 6-on-4 advantage for the final 26 seconds but couldn’t cash in before the final whistle.
Norwich improves to 8-4-2 overall and 5-4 in the New England Hockey Conference action. Hobart is 11-5 overall and 5-4 in the conference. Last year, Hobart beat Norwich four times, defeating the Cadets in three games at Kreitzberg Arena. The Statesmen won last year’s NEHC Tournament Championship with a 3-0 victory over Norwich. The Cadets are 2-for-2 against the Statesmen this season after skating to a 3-1 victory over Hobart on Nov. 3.
Hobart will host Castleton at 4 p.m. Saturday. Norwich will travel to play Skidmore at 4 p.m. Saturday. The Cadets will host a pair of games next weekend, facing Babson on Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. before taking on UMass-Boston the following day at 4 p.m.