Men's Hockey: Norwich offense comes alive in 7-3 win over Johnson & Wales

Chandler Mosher/Norwich University
Chandler Mosher/Norwich University

PAWTUCKET, R.I. - The Norwich University men's ice hockey team tied a season-high with seven goals in a 7-3 victory over Johnson & Wales on Saturday afternoon at Lynch Arena in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) action.

Junior Coby Downs (Montclair, Calif.) had two goals and an assist, while senior forward Jordan Hall (Anchorage, Alaska) had two goals to lead the Cadets' offense as they completed the league weekend sweep.

Freshman goalie Andrew Albano (Hamilton, Ontario) made his first collegiate start and picked up the victory after making 14 saves in between the pipes for the Cadets. 

Norwich (12-2-1, 8-1-0 NEHC) scored twice in the first period and then added four more goals in the second period to pull away for the victory. 

Hall opened the scoring at the 4:23 mark of the first period with a goal off an assist from Gabriel Chicoine (St. Dominique, Quebec).

Brett Ouderkirk (Monkland, Ontario) scored his fourth goal in the last five games with a power-play tally off assists from Connor Swystun (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) and Taeron Lewis (Winnipeg, Manitoba).

Freshman Philip Elgstam (Stockholm, Sweden) scored his first collegiate goal on the power play off assists from Braedyn Aubin (Woodstock, Ontario) and Downs.

Hall scored again off an assist from Lewis at the 9:03 mark of the second period to make it 4-0 Norwich.

Johnson & Wales got on the board at the 12:47 mark of the second period to make it 4-1 Cadets.

Norwich capped the second-period scoring with Downs scoring twice at the 15:27 mark and the 17:50 mark to make it 6-1 Cadets after 40 minutes.

Sophomore forward Noah Williams (Cortland, N.Y.) scored his third goal of the season at the 1:02 mark of the third period to cap Norwich's scoring. Johnson & Wales added two late third period goals but it was too little too late as Norwich improved to 4-0-0 against Johnson & Wales in NEHC action the last two seasons.

Norwich returns home to Kreitzberg Arena to host Middlebury in a big non-conference matchup at 7 p.m. Middlebury beat Norwich 2-1 in overtime earlier this season in the PrimeLink Great Northern ShootOut opening round.