WINSLOW, ME— The Thomas College hockey team fell to Norwich University, 5-3, in an American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) matchup on Friday night at Sukee Arena.
The loss drops the Terriers to 2-5 on the season while the Cadets improve to 5-0.
In the first period, both teams failed to capitalize on two power play opportunities each to keep the score at 0-0 throughout the period. The Terriers held an advantage in shots on goal over the Cadets 13-10.
Norwich started the scoring at 4:25 of the second on the power play when Zach Michael slammed in a rebound on a point shot from Jon Davidson. Just 90 seconds later the Cadets added to their lead on an unassisted goal from Davidson to go up 2-0 early in the period.
Thomas responded at the 8:23 mark when Michael Hersom beat Cadet goaltender Ryan Clavette on a one-time shot from Jason Dicey. Norwich came back with another power play goal 30 seconds later to bring the game to 3-1. Zack Simmons' point shot was deflected by Michael in front, beating Thomas goalie Michael Small. After the goal, Small was relieved by Connor Blair.
Thomas brought the game within a goal at the 9:54 mark when Alex Nadeau's shot beat Clavette. At 13:01 of the second, Cadet Michael Cashman put Norwich back up by two goals. The Terriers would end the scoring in the second when Dean Pratt scored on a breakaway pass from Connor Walsh with just five minutes remaining.
With seven minutes remaining in the final period, Thomas was unable to capitalize on a final power-play chance to bring the game to a tie. Cadet Cody Moore put the game away with an empty net goal with 17 seconds in the game to finish at 5-3.
Small was given the loss in goal for the Terriers after stopping 18 shots before being relieved by Blair who stopped 13. Clavette made 33 saves in the win for the Cadets. Shots on goal for the game were even at 36 apiece while the Terriers held a 28-21 advantage in face-offs.
The Terriers will hit the road Sunday morning when they head to Exeter, New Hampshire to face Colby-Sawyer in a 9:20 a.m. contest.