Daily Archives: Feb 15, 2014

Men’s Hockey: Vermont Falls to Top-Ranked Boston College 5-3

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BURLINGTON – Top-ranked Boston College skated past 14th-ranked Vermont 5-3 on Saturday night to sweep a two-game Hockey East series at Gutterson Fieldhouse. The Catamounts fall to 15-11-3 (7-9-0 HEA), while the Eagles improve to 24-4-3 (15-1-1 HEA) and clinch the league’s regular season title.

Vermont came out strong in the first period with a physical presence but Boston College potted two goals in the final two minutes to grab the lead. Chris Calnan converted a shorthanded breakaway at 18:18 as the Eagles opened the scoring. After a point shot bounced off the end boards, Bill Arnold stuck a high shot into the net from the right doorstep with 36 seconds left.

The Catamounts responded at 2:07 of the second period as Connor Brickley collected the puck in the left wing corner. Brickley delayed and fired a pass to Nick Bruneteau, who out-waited Brian Billett before cutting back above the goal line to stuff in a backhander and get UVM back to within one.

Boston College extended the lead with a pair of tallies later in the period. Mike Santaguida stopped Adam Gilmour’s wrister from the slot, but the rebound caromed off Johnny Gaudreau’s shin at the left post and trickled into the net at 11:41 on the power play. Five minutes later, Kevin Hayes deked into the left circle before beating Santaguida high glove side through a screen for a 4-1 cushion.

Colin Markison drew a goal back for the Catamounts at 5:33 of third, firing a one-timer short side on Billett on a goal line pass from Mario Puskarich. Just 1:27 after the tally, Scott Savage connected on a slap shot from the high slot off the left post as BC restored its three-goal advantage.

Chris McCarthy deflected a Bruneteau feed inside the left pipe at 11:25 of third to cut the Eagles’ lead down to two with his team-high 15th of the season. Vermont pulled Brody Hoffman, who came in for Santaguida to start the third period, for an extra skater with a late power play for a 6-on-4. Billett (35 saves) held on and led BC to its 10th straight victory.

The Catamounts hit the road next weekend for a two-game Hockey East series against Merrimack at Lawler Arena on Friday (Feb. 21) and Saturday (Feb. 22) at 7 p.m. Both games can be heard live on WVMT 620-AM and SportsJuice.com , and Saturday’s game will be televised live on Fox College Sports Atlantic and WBIN.

Men’s Hockey: Norwich Tops UMB; Earns 16th Straight ECAC East Regular Season Title

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NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University men’s ice hockey team clinched its 16th straight Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East title with a 5-3 victory over UMass-Boston on Saturday night at Kreitzberg Arena.

Norwich freshman forward Anthony Flaherty scored the biggest goal of his young career at the 4:55 mark on the power play to give the Cadets (17-5-3, 13-3-2 ECAC East) the lead for good.

Flaherty beat UMass-Boston goalie Zach Andrews five-hole off a pass from Travis Janke from behind the net for his third goal of the year. Senior forward Chris Duszynski picked up the second assist on the goal.

Janke sealed the win with an empty-net goal with 11 seconds left in the game to give Norwich an insurance tally. The goal was the 50th of his career and 147th overall point, tying him for 14th on the all-time Norwich scoring list.

UMass-Boston (16-5-4, 9-5-4 ECAC East) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period with goals by Mike Kuhn and Stephen Buco. Kuhn scored just 2:09 into the game off assists from Buco and Tyler Bishop to give the Beacons a 1-0 lead. Buco scored on a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle at the 16:20 mark off assists from Frankie DeAugustine and Travis Daniel.

Norwich responded with two goals 28 seconds apart from freshmen forwards Nick Pichette and William Pelletier .

Norwich took its first lead of the game with 11 seconds left in the second period when sophomore forward Dean Niezgoda beat Andrews five-hole off an assist from Alec Thieda .

UMass-Boston responded just 19 seconds into the third period when Buco blasted a slap shot into the left corner of the net off a faceoff win from Kuhn.

The Cadets’ victory, coupled with St. Michael’s pulling off a dramatic late goal to tie Babson, caused a tie between NU and Babson with 28 points apiece at the top of the ECAC East standings. Norwich held the tie-breaker though by virtue of its two head-to-head wins over Babson.

Norwich senior goalie Chris Czarnota made 14 saves to pick up the victory and improve to 7-2-1 on the year. Andrews made 26 saves for UMass-Boston and was saddled with the loss to drop to 12-3-2 on the year.

Norwich earned the top seed for the ECAC East Tournament and will now face No. 8-seeded Skidmore in the quarterfinal round. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 at Kreitzberg Arena.

More Men’s Hockey – Saturday 2/15/14

SOUTH BURLINGTON – The Saint Michael’s men’s ice hockey team rallied in the third period to tie a nationally-ranked team for the second time in as many games on Saturday, this time tying No. 3 Babson College, 1-1, at Cairns Arena.The Purple Knights finish the regular season at 6-16-3 overall and 3-12-3 in the league, moving to 5-3-2 in their most recent 10 games, while the Beavers move to 19-4-2 and 13-3-2. Saint Michael’s junior Jeremy Wong netted the Purple Knights’ goal, and junior goalie Dave Donzanti (West Chester, Pa./Northfield Mount Hermon) made 41 saves for his second straight 40-save performance. Junior Andrew Bonazza scored Babson’s goal, Sophomore netminder Jamie Murray (Scituate, Mass./South Shore Kings) turned away 17 shots for the draw.


MIDDLEBURY – Louis Belisle scored with 40 seconds left in overtime and lifted Middlebury past 12th-ranked Williams by a 2-1 score during a physical and exciting NESCAC game Saturday evening in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers improve to 9-10-3 overall and 7-7-2 in conference play, while the Ephs fall to 13-6-3 and 9-4-3 in the league. Paul Steinig scored his fifth goal of the season the first period to give Williams a 1-0 lead. Derek Pimental tied it for Middlebury in the second. Liam Moorfield-Yee (2-4-1) recorded 22 saves in the victory for Middlebury, while Seth Dougherty (12-6-3) was credited with 42 saves. Middlebury outshot the Ephs by a 44-23 tally.

Rutland — On a night dedicated to the Castleton seniors, the team’s graduating class put on quite a performance, leading their squad to a 4-0 victory over Skidmore in the team’s final game at Spartan Arena this season. Five of the seven senior skaters registered at least one point and senior goaltender Erick Cinotti posted a 35-save shutout. Ryan Delorme led the way with a pair of assists and Brian Greene notched a goal and an assist for the Spartans. Brian Roberts, Kyle Richards, and Kyle Pichler had the other goals for Castleton. The Spartans move to 12-10-3 on the year, with an 8-7-3 mark in the ECAC East. The team finishes fifth in the ECAC East standings and will travel to fourth-seeded New England College for the quarterfinal round of the ECAC East playoffs.


Men’s Hoop: Rugg Leads Catamounts Past Retrievers, 76-52

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BURLINGTON – Clancy Rugg scored a game-high 19 points behind an 11-for-12 effort from the foul line and Ethan O’Day added a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds as the Vermont Catamounts cruised to a 76-52 victory over UMBC in America East men’s basketball action at Patrick Gymnasium.

Vermont improves to 11-1 in America East and 17-9 overall. The Catamounts have won six straight and 13 of their last 14 contests. UMBC falls to 9-17 on the year and 5-8 in league play.

Vermont jumped out to a 21-6 lead midway through the first half. The Catamounts limited UMBC to two made field goals in the first 10 minutes and forced the Retrievers into six turnovers. Sandro Carissimo led UVM in the spurt, scoring six points, as UVM went 9-for-12 from the field to start the game.

Vermont pushed its lead to 19, 31-12, on a layup by Kurt Steidl at the 4:53 mark of the half and went into the break with a 37-21 advantage.

The Catamounts limited UMBC to nine field goals in the second half (31 percent shooting) and rolled to their eighth win of the year at Patrick Gymnasium.

Carissimo added 10 points, all in the first half.  He also handed out three assists and collected three steals for the Catamounts.

Rodney Eliot netted a team-high nine points to pace the Retrievers.

Vermont finished the game shooting 49.2 percent from the floor, while UMBC shot 32.7 percent for the game.  The Catamounts out rebounded the Retrievers 43-34 and out scored them 46-22 in the paint.  UVM also scored 21 points off 21 UMBC turnovers in the contest.

Vermont travels to Durham, N.H. on Wednesday (Feb. 19) to face the New Hampshire Wildcats. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium. The game can be seen via AmericaEast.tv.

NOTES: Vermont averaged 84 points per game during a three-game homestand … Brian Voelkel started his 127th consecutive career game today, setting a new UVM record and passing Martin Klimes’ mark of 126 consecutive games played set between 2003-07 … Voelkel grabbed nine rebounds on the afternoon to move into sole possession of third among the all-time leading rebounders in America East … He now has 1,116 career caroms and passed Mark Halsel (Northeastern, 1980-84) and Tommy Brenton (Stony Brook, 2008-13) … Sandro Carissimo started his 110th consecutive game today … The Vermont senior class picked up its 85th victory, tying the Class of 2007 for the sixth most wins by a class in program history … Vermont is 60-15 at Patrick Gymnasium over the last five seasons … UVM is 72-22 in America East since the 2008-09 campaign and 40-9 at home in league games … The Catamounts improved to 26-1 when holding opponents to 60 points or less over the last two years and are 13-0 this season … UVM is 12-2 when the bench scores 19-plus points (27 today) and 9-0 when scoring 17 or more points off turnovers this season (21 today).

D-2/D-3 Men’s Basketball – Saturday 2/15/14

COLCHESTER. – The Saint Michael’s College men’s basketball team rallied from 13 points down in the second half before holding off a late Bentley University charge for a 69-66 victory on Saturday in the Ross Sports Center. The teams began the day separated by just one game in the NE-10 Northeast Division Standings, with the Purple Knights claiming third and the Falcons fourth. At 17-6 overall and 12-6 in the league, St. Mike’s has posted its highest overall win total since 2000-01 and matched its largest number of conference victories in 13 seasons. Saint Michael’s is also 10-2 at home, reaching double figures in wins at the Ross Sports Center for the first time in seven seasons. Junior James Cambronne posted a game-high 18 points for the hosts, going 4-of-9 from three-point range while also collecting eight rebounds and three blocks. Classmate Mike Thompson tacked on 11 points, eight rebounds and three assists, and junior Corey Crawford II had 11 points, five boards and five assists. Classmate Mike Holton Jr. notched eight points and three helpers while passing Saint Michael’s Athletic Hall of Fame member Bob Toner ’74 (1,282) for 20th on the program’s scoring list (1,287). 

Farmington, Maine – The Castleton Spartans erased a 12-point halftime deficit by shooting nearly 60 percent in the final 20 minutes en route to 62 points and a 98-92 comeback victory over the University of Maine at Farmington in a crucial North Atlantic Conference matchup. Trailing 90-89 with less than a minute remaining, Troy Davine found Logan White about 25 feet out on the wing and the senior drilled the three-point attempt to put the Spartans in front for good, 92-90, with 52 seconds left. The defense did the rest, allowing just one layup in the last 30 seconds while White and Tyler Ackley combined to go 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Overall the Spartans made 10 of their 18 shots from beyond the arc in the second half and shot 59.5 percent from the field to improve to 17-7 overall and 15-2 in the NAC. With the win they remain securely in second place in the conference. White finished the game with six threes and 27 points overall to lead the offense. Troy Davine put forth an impressive effort with 21 points, a career-high five threes, six rebounds and seven assists. Chad Copeland added 14 points and five rebounds while Steve Rosemond also had 14.

NORTHFIELD —The Norwich University men’s basketball team dropped an 86-71 loss to the visiting Falcons of Albertus Magnus College on Saturday afternoon in Great Northeast Athletic Conference action. With the loss, the Cadets fall to 5-18 overall and 3-13 in league play, while the win boosts the league-leading Falcons to 21-2 overall and 15-1 against GNAC opponents. Senior Tom McDonald entered today’s game with 999 career points, and hit his milestone basket, a three-point shot, with 6:13 to play. McDonald totaled 15 points for the Cadets on a 5-for-17 effort from the floor, including two three-pointers, and a three-for-four effort at the free-throw line. He also had a team-best seven rebounds. Three other members of the squad scored in double-figures for the Cadets, led by junior Evan Tullar’s team-leading 21 points. Senior Nickolai Havoutis and sophomore Gary Gladden both netted 10 points each.



D-2/D-3 Women’s Basketball – Saturday 2/15/14



Farmington, Maine – Castleton put forth one of its best halves of the season to break open a close game on Saturday against the University of Maine at Farmington and finish with a 91-60 victory in Dearborn Gym. The Spartans led just 43-40 at the break but shot 52.6 percent from the floor in the second half and held the Beavers to 25.0 percent shooting and 20 total points as they improved to 21-3 overall and 16-1 in the North Atlantic Conference. UMF finished the game at 40.8 percent from the floor but committed 27 turnovers as they dropped to 9-14 and 8-8 in conference play. Jade Desroches helped keep Castleton in front early with 16 first-half points and then scored ten more in the second for a career-high 26 in the game. The junior also added three rebounds four assists and four steals. Liz Douglass was impressive as well with 19 points, seven rebounds, six steals and four assists. Shelby LaBarge came off the bench to shoot 9-for-11 for 19 points, four rebounds and three steals.

 NORTHFIELD—Junior guard Aliah Curry became the all-time leading scorer at Norwich University following a 23-point performance in Great Northeast Athletic Conference women’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon. Curry’s Cadets edged the Falcons of Albertus Magnus College 66-63. With the win, the Cadets improve to 13-10 overall and 4-5 in GNAC play, while the loss drops the Falcons to 5-18 overall and 2-7 against league opponents. Her 23-point performance today marks the 35th-straight game in which she has scored in double-figures, dating back to January 10, 2013. She connected on 7-26 shots from the floor with one three-pointer and added an 8-8 effort from the free-throw line.In addition to Curry, the Cadets received a double-double of 16 points and 16 rebounds from freshman Heather LeBlanc . LeBlanc connected on 8-11 shots from the floor and registered seven offensive rebounds. 


COLCHESTER – The Saint Michael’s College women’s basketball team fell to No. 1 Bentley University, one of two remaining unbeaten teams in Division II, by an 84-52 count on Saturday in the Ross Sports Center during Northeast-10 Conference action. The Purple Knights are now 3-19 overall and 2-16 in the league, while the Falcons, who have already clinched the NE-10 Northeast Division’s regular-season title, are 23-0 and 18-0. Senior Alexa Long posted 16 points and six rebounds for the Purple Knights, passing Erica Kensey ’04 (576) for 13th in program history in career boards by pushing her total to 580. She is one short of Lynne Liebhauser ’94 (581) for 12th.




With the win, the Cadets improve to 13-10 overall and 4-5 in GNAC play, while the loss drops the Falcons to 5-18 overall and 2-7 against league opponents.




Entering today’s game, Curry needed 22 points to break the school’s 19-year old scoring record, which was set by 1994 graduate Lisa Trujillo. With 6:56 to play, Curry hit both ends of a set a free-throws to tie the record at 1,561 points. Just over two-and-a-half minutes later, she drove to the hoop for a layup, collected her own rebound at the top of the key, and drove through the lane for a second time—this time scoring the milestone basket.




Her 23-point performance today marks the 35th-straight game in which she has scored in double-figures, dating back to January 10, 2013. She connected on 7-26 shots from the floor with one three-pointer and added an 8-8 effort from the free-throw line.




In addition to Curry, the Cadets received a double-double of 16 points and 16 rebounds from freshman Heather LeBlanc (Sanford, Maine). LeBlanc connected on 8-11 shots from the floor and registered seven offensive rebounds. Senior Kristin Brown (Williamstown, Vt.) aided Norwich with eight points and four assists, while junior Kelsey Lotti (South Yarmouth, Mass.) dished out six assists.


Women’s Hockey: UVM Cliches Playoff Home Ice, Tops UNH 3-2

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DURHAM, N.H. – Casey Leveillee scored the game-winning goal with 3:36 left in regulation to cap off a comeback and give the Catamounts a 3-2 win over New Hampshire in Hockey East action Saturday afternoon. With the win Vermont clinched home-ice in the single-game Hockey East quarterfinals for the first time in program history.

After a scoreless first period where the shots were an even 11 apiece the Wildcats opened the scoring 3:53 into the second period. Jenna Lascelle won a puck battle behind the Vermont net and centered a pass in front that Heather Kashman one-timed past Roxanne Douville for her fifth goal of the season.

Nicole Gifford extended the Wildcats lead to two, with a nearly identical goal. Hannah Armstrong centered a pass to Gifford alone in front who wristed a one-timer under Douville’s arm 9:39 into the second period.

The Catamounts answered right back scoring 58 seconds later. Megan Dalbec led Amanda Pelkey on a breakaway with a stretch pass. Pelkey walked in alone on New Hampshire goalie Vilma Vaattovaara but was denied initially, Victoria Andreakos followed the play and centered the rebound back in front. Dalbec collected the centering feed and beat Vaattovaara with a quick shot for her second goal of the season.

Just over three minutes later Pelkey tied the game up. She skated into the UNH zone on a two-on-one and beat Vaattovaara with a wicked wrist shot for her 18th goal of the season. Sarah Campbell and Leveillee picked up assists on the game-tying goal.

With the game tied entering the third period the Wildcats pressed the Catamounts in their own zone. Douville made 19 of her 45 saves in the third period to keep the Catamounts chances alive.

Leveillee put the Catamounts ahead for good at the 16:24 mark of the third period. Andreakos put on a shot on net that Vaattovaara stopped but the rebound caromed off Leveillee’s leg and in for her first career game-winning goal. The officials reviewed the play but determined there was not a distinct kicking motion. Sarah Campbell picked up the secondary assist on the play.

“What a great game for our program to clinch a home playoff game,” said head coach Jim Plumer. “Credit to UNH for playing a good game and creating a good deal of offense. But this was a demonstration of what our team has evolved into. There was no panic when we went down 2-0, instead there was resolve. It was another outstanding effort by Roxanne Douville and it’s great to see her playing with so much confidence. I’m really proud of the group.”

Vermont will host Connecticut, Providence, New Hampshire or Maine on Saturday March 1 at 1 p.m. in the Hockey East quarterfinals, it will be the Catamounts first home playoff game in Division I program history.

Vermont closes out its season series against UNH tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. It is the Catamounts final road game of the regular season.

This afternoon was Vermont’s first ever national TV appearance … The Catamounts won a program record ninth road game of the season … Amanda Pelkey, Victoria Andreakos, Sarah Campbell and Casey Leveillee led Vermont in scoring with two points … Douville’s 45 saves are the second most she has made in a single game this season … Vermont has won five of its last six league contests.

D-2/D-3 Women’s Hockey Wrapup – Saturday 2/15/14

NORTHFIELD – The Norwich University women’s ice hockey team shut out Castleton 4-0 on Saturday afternoon to become the first team in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East history to finish with a perfect regular season record. Norwich (21-3-0, 16-0-0 ECAC East) won its fourth straight ECAC East regular season title and will be the No. 1 seed for the ECAC East Tournament, which starts next Saturday, Feb. 22. The Cadets will face No. 8 New England College at 3 p.m. as they go for their sixth ECAC East Tournament title in the last seven years. Norwich got goals from Adelle Murphy, Madyson Moore, Tori Charron and Elle Kadel en route to the victory. Freshman goalie Celeste Robert made 11 saves to pick up the shut out and her third victory of the season. Paula Stephens made 29 saves for Castleton.

SOUTH BURLINGTON  – The Saint Michael’s College women’s ice hockey team picked up its first win ever against New England College on Saturday, claiming a 4-3 win on Senior Day at Cairns Arena. The Purple Knights, who had met the Pilgrims 23 times prior to the contest, improve to 3-18-3 overall and 2-12-2 in the league while closing out their regular season. The Pilgrims slide to 3-22 and 3-13. Saint Michael’s senior Mary Liz Pinnella scored two goals, and classmate Macey Thomas and first-year Lauren Cuculino netted the other markers. Sophomore Emily Loebs collected three assists. Senior goalie Meaghan Leong made 26 saves for her first career victory.

Williamstown, MA. — Middlebury settled for a 1-1 tie on the road, taking three points from Williams (11-8-3, 8-3-3) in a home-and-home series. The second-ranked Panthers (17-2-4, 12-0-4) finished the second unbeaten in NESCAC play and will return to action on Wednesday with a non-league game at Norwich. Williams struck first late in the opening frame, and would hold onto the lead until 2:34 to go in regulation, when the Middlebury offense knotted the game at 1-1 on a Pam Shulman goal. Annabelle Jones stopped 22 shot in net for Middlebury.



Men’s Hockey: Top-Ranked BC Holds Off Vermont 4-3

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BURLINGTON – Patrick Brown netted a pair goals for top-ranked Boston College, including the eventual game-winner, and the Eagles held on for a 4-3 Hockey East victory over 14th-ranked Vermont on Friday night at Gutterson Fieldhouse. The Catamounts snap their three-game winning streak and fall to 15-10-3 (7-8-0 HEA), while the Eagles extend their winning streak to nine and push their record to 23-4-3 (14-1-1 HEA).

The Catamounts struck first halfway through the opening frame as Matt White won an offensive zone faceoff cleanly to the top of the circle. H.T. Lenz collected the puck and fired a low shot through traffic that beat Thatcher Demko through the five-hole at 9:46 for his fifth of the year.

Boston College answered less than four minutes later as Ian McCoshen fired a shot on goal from the left point. Mike Santaguida (19 saves) made a left pad save, but the rebound deflected to Austin Cangelosi in the right slot and he wristed a high shot into the net to tie the score at one.

BC carried a power play into the second period and connected just 30 seconds into the middle frame to take its first lead. Kevin Hayes had his point shot blocked by Chris McCarthy between the circles, but the puck bounced to the left faceoff circle for Johnny Gaudreau and the junior quickly directed a shot into the roof of the net.

Vermont failed to convert on a 5-on-3 power play for 60 seconds later in the period and Boston College retained its one-goal cushion. With 11 seconds left in the second, Brown tipped Steve Santini’s point shot at the top of the crease and it trickled through Santaguida’s five-hole for a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes.

Pete Massar brought UVM back to within one at the 2:00 mark of the third after collecting a pass from Tom Forgione. The senior poked the puck inside the left circle and unleashed a wrist shot that beat Demko blocker side. Just 23 seconds later, Brown responded for BC as the senior converted a 2-on-1 with Ryan Fitzgerald to push the lead back to two.

The Catamounts pulled Santaguida down the stretch and drew a goal back late as Mario Puskarich finished his own rebound off Demko’s right pad in the slot with 18 seconds remaining. Puskarich had another look from the low right circle in the closing seconds but Demko made the save at the right post and the Eagles held on for the win.

UVM finished the night 0-for-5 on the power play, while BC went 1-for-3. Demko stopped 26 shots for the victory, while the Catamounts held a 29-23 shot advantage on the night, including a 12-5 edge in the third period.

Vermont and BC close out their two-game Hockey East series on Saturday (Feb. 15) at 7:05 p.m. at Gutterson Fieldhouse. Live high definition video is available for free via CatamounTV.com.

Xfinity and City Sports will have tables in the main lobby on Saturday night. The UVM Student Government Association will also host a winter hat giveaway for all students in attendance.

Men’s D-2/D-3 Hockey Roundup for 2/14/14

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Sophomore forward Dean Niezgoda scored with 6:46 left in the third period to lift the Norwich University men’s ice hockey team to a crucial 1-0 shutout victory over Babson College on Friday night at Kreitzberg Arena. Niezgoda tapped home a rebound off an initial shot by freshman forward Austin Surowiec for his third goal of the season to finally get a puck past Babson sophomore goalie Jamie Murray. Niezgoda’s heroics foiled a brilliant 47-save performance by Murray that kept Babson in the game despite being heavily outshot by a 48-10 margin. It also marked the second time Norwich has beaten Babson 1-0 this season with the first coming on Jan. 9 at Fenway Park. Norwich (16-5-3, 12-3-2 ECAC East) kept its hopes alive in trying to continue its impressive ECAC East regular season win streak. The Cadets have won 15 straight titles and with Friday night’s win moved within one point of Babson (19-4-1, 13-3-1 ECAC East) for the top spot. Norwich needs to beat UMass-Boston on Saturday and then will need St. Michael’s to tie or beat Babson in order to continue the streak. However, with the victory, Norwich did lock up at least the No. 2 seed for the ECAC East Tournament, which assures the Cadets of home ice through the first two rounds of the playoffs.


Williamstown, MA. — Middlebury earned a 1-1 road tie at Williams in a game played Friday night in Lansing Chapman Rink. George Ordway scored for the Panthers and George Hunkele answered for the Ephs. The Panthers (8-10-2, 6-7-1 NESCAC) will host game two of the series on Saturday night, as the Ephs (13-5-2, 9-3-2 NESCAC) come to Kenyon Arena for a 7:00 p.m. start.


SOUTH BURLINGTON – The Saint Michael’s College men’s ice hockey team scored twice in the third period to rally for a 4-4 tie against  UMass-Boston at Cairns Arena on Friday night. The Purple Knights, who are 5-3-1 in their last nine games, move to 6-16-2 overall and 3-12-2 in the league. Saint Michael’s junior AJ Pieprzak recorded two goals and an assist after missing the last four games due to injury, with junior defender Eric Robinson and sophomore Nick Potter providing the other tallies.  Junior goalie Dave Donzanti registered a career-high 45 saves.