#1 Norwich Skates Past Men's Ice Hockey, 5-2

#1 Norwich Skates Past Men's Ice Hockey, 5-2

NORTHFIELD, Vt. - Despite a 23 save performance by freshman goaltender Nick Dries (Commerce Township, Mich.), the Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team fell to the Cadets of Norwich University by a 5-2 score Saturday evening at Kreitzberg Arena.  Norwich, the top team amongst all Division III programs (according to the most recent USCHO.com Division III Coaches' Poll), improves to 4-0 both overall and within the ECAC Men's East on the season.  The Hawks fall to 2-3-1, both overall and within conference play.

Pier-Olivier Cotnoir scored his third goal of the season at 14:38 of the third period, scoring what would prove to be the game-winning goal on the afternoon.  Gabriel Colona (Philadelphia, Pa.) was sent to the penalty box for an elbowing penalty at 12:59, setting up the eventual game winner.  Kyle Thomas and Alec Theida collected the assist on Cotnoir's goal.

Travis Janke recorded a hat trick in tonight's game, scoring three goals for the second Norwich hat trick of the year.  Janke scored both second period goals for Norwich, potting his second of the season at 3:37 and his third of the year at 18:10.  He wrapped up the hat trick with a third period goal at 15:25 of the third period.

Sean Jenkins (Boston, Mass.) scored his first collegiate goal on the power play to open the scoring for either side on the afternoon at 16:31 of the first period following a Thomas boarding penalty.  Alex Pascal (Blue Bell, Pa.) and Joey Agliato (Hauppauge, N.Y.) collected assists on Jenkins' first goal.

Jenkins added his second goal of the season to halve the Cadets advantage at 4-2 late in the third period.  Tucker Mullin (Andover, Mass.) and Tyler Savage (Johns Creek, Ga.) each collected an assist on the goal.

Thomas added an insurance goal at 19:55 of the third period, an empty net strike that concluded the afternoon's scoring for both sides.

Dries drew his third loss of the season, halting 23-of-27 shots on goal.  Parker Carroll halted 9-of-11 Saint Anselm shots on goal to remain undefeated on the season (3-0-0).

Both Saint Anselm and Norwich were 1-for-3 on the power play.

NOTABLES: The Hawks are in the midst of a three game winless streak dating back to Nov. 11 against Skidmore College...Sean Jenkins (Boston, Mass.) scored his first collegiate goal this evening and added his second career marker later in the contest...Despite allowing four goals this evening, Hawks goaltenders Robert Kang (Glen Rock, N.J.) and Nick Dries (Commerce Township, Mich.) each reside within the top five netminders in the league with goals-against averages of 2.48 and 2.82, respectively.

Saint Anselm returns to action Wednesday, Nov. 30 as they host the Ice Dogs of Assumption College in a 7:00 p.m. contest at Thomas F. Sullivan Arena.  Stay up-to-date with the latest news, including game previews and recaps, directly from the Saint Anselm College athletic department by friending us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/STAHawks) and following us on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/STAHawks).