By Matt Noonan
BOSTON, MA – Norwich’s offense tallied three goals during the second period to earn their 11th victory of the season, as the Cadets defeated the Babson College Beavers at Fenway Park on Friday, 4-1.
“If you go to the net enough, you’re going to [score goals],” said Norwich Academy head coach Mike McShane.
The Cadets have now won six of their last eight meetings against the Beavers, (two of which were ties) as well as preserved their undefeated record, too.
“I’m really proud of how the kids played,” said Babson College head coach Jamie Rice. “They’re a good team, they’re well coached, they play really, but I’m proud of our guys.”
Norwich began the game by tallying four consecutive shots on Babson’s cage before the Beavers eventually netted their only strike of the contest when junior PT Donato whipped a backhanded pass from behind the Cadets net to freshman Andrew Bonazza for the score.
Sophomore Shane Gorman (two goals) evened the score six minutes later, when he deposited a rebound that bounced off Babson’s junior netminder Zeke Testa, (31 saves), which sparked the Norwich offense to compile three more goals during the second frame.
“I think [Gorman’s first goal] got the flow going to the game. It kind of woke us up, and got us into our normal playing style, and it really helped us out, and got us [an important victory],” said Norwich Academy junior Kyle Thomas.
Freshman Doug Lindensmith scored twice during the second period, while Gorman recorded his second goal of the contest, and fifth strike of the season.
“[My] first goal, I was trying to put it on net, hit the kids leg, and I just saw the upper corner, so I put it there, and I had the second goal, and I was just throwing it to the net, and just put it in,” said Gorman.
Babson’s offense attempted to rally during the final period, but their seven shots didn’t reach the back of sophomore Parker Carroll’s (18 saves) net, which allowed Norwich to preserve seventh conference win.
“It’s a big win against a good team,” said Gorman. “We’ve played them the last few years in the finals of our league championships, so it was a good first game of the season against them.”
Norwich Enjoyed Their Fenway Park Experience:
After Norwich secured their 11th win of the season, both Gorman and Thomas expressed their excitement toward playing hockey at Fenway Park.
“It was unbelievable,” said Gorman. “Unbelievable experience. Our fans coming out to support was great, [and] the ice, the open air was a lot of fun.”
“It was great. You couldn’t have asked for anything better,” said Thomas. “I think it was great playing conditions, and everyone loved it.”
Rice Content With Babson’s Effort
Despite sustaining their fourth conference loss of the season, Rice explained that this particular game could be somewhat of a turning point for the Beavers, who’ll only have to wait a day until they return to their home ice against St. Michael’s.
“I think we’re close to hitting a good turning point, and we’re going on a good roll,” said Rice. “I think I see signs of us playing really well, and that’ll hopefully help down the stretch.”
The coach also commented about his team playing at the America’s Most Beloved Ballpark by saying, “We showed up this morning at 6:45, and it was raining out, and when the lights were on, that was it. We had a practice, and the kids were just flying. The skates were eight inches off the ice, and then to come here this afternoon and to have it all sink in that you’re here, it’s emotional…This was just an unbelievable day, it was amazing.”