13th-Ranked Lord Jeffs Fall to No. 5 Norwich 5-0

Cole Anderson made 27 saves, but could not hold
off a very potent Norwich side.

From a Norwich University release

NORTHFIELD, VT Senior forward Craig Serino scored what proved to be the game-winning goal early in the first period, and senior goaltender Ryan Klingensmith stopped all 23 shots that he faced to lead the No. 5-ranked Norwich University men’s ice hockey team to a 5-0 victory over No. 13-ranked Amherst College Friday evening in an ECAC East-NESCAC Interlock game at Kreitzberg Arena.

Serino scored his first goal of the season – a one-timer, which he blasted from just inside the slot – at 2:59 of the first period off an assist from senior D.J. Fimiani. The Cadets held a slim 7-6 edge in shots on goal during the opening 20 minutes, but they were unable to add to their advantage and took a 1-0 lead to the middle stanza.

Norwich (4-0-1, 3-0-0 ECAC East) then exploded for three goals in the second period to put the game away. First-year  Blake Forkey started the onslaught with his team-leading fifth goal of the season at the 6:38 mark. The goal, which came off a rebound while the Cadets were on the power play, was assisted by Anderson and sophomore Emmond Bell.

Bell, who was playing in his first game of the young season, scored his first marker of the year off a feed from Anderson at the 11:20 mark. The second-year performer took the pass and skated around the net to the top of the left circle before snapping off a shot to the top right-hand corner of the cage.

Sophomore Shawn Baker extended the Cadets’ lead to 4-0 at the 14:44 mark when he tallied his first goal of the year. Bell and sophomore Tim Houston were credited with assists on the goal, which was a fluttering shot from the point and fooled the Amherst goaltender.

First-year Colin Mulvey capped the scoring midway through the third period when he netted his second marker of the year off a feed from Serino at the 10:41 mark.

Norwich out-shot Amherst by a 32-23 margin in the game. There were only five penalties whistled in the contest. The Cadets went 1-for-1 on the power play, while the Lord Jeffs were 0-for-2 with the man-advantage.

Klingensmith was masterful throughout, making 23 saves in the contest. Amherst goaltender Cole Anderson (Sylvan Lake, Alberta) turned aside 27 shots on the night.

Amherst (3-2-0, 1-2-0 NESCAC) will wrap up its weekend trip to Vermont on Saturday, Dec. 5, when the Lord Jeffs face ECAC East foe St. Michael’s College at 3 p.m.