NORTHFIELD, Vt.—Junior Jordan Hall (Anchorage, Alaska) scored a pair of goals and classmate Tom Aubrun (Chamonix, France) stopped 19 shots to help Norwich University defeat No. 13 USCHO.com/No. 12 D3hockey.com Babson College, 4-0, in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's ice hockey action on Friday night at Kreitzberg Arena.
Babson, which suffered its first road loss of the year, drops to 12-4-2 overall and 7-2-2 in league play, while Norwich improves to 9-4-3 overall and 6-4-1 in the NEHC.
Senior goaltender Bryan Botcher (Mequon, Wis.), who lost for the first time in five starts, made 18 saves for the Beavers.
First-year Maxime Borduas (St. Cesaire, Quebec) contributed a goal and two assists, while sophomore Carter Cowlthorp (Boissevain, Manitoba) scored once for the Cadets. Classmate Connor Swystun (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) also recorded two assists in support of Aubrun, who posted his second shutout of the year.
Aubrun robbed Babson senior Matt Brazel (Hingham, Mass.) just over eight minutes into the contest and Hall gave Norwich a 1-0 lead at 12:05 of the first when he redirected Swystun's shot from the point for his fifth goal of the season. Hall notched his second tally of the night just 34 seconds into the third period when he ripped a shot over Botcher's right shoulder from the high slot to double the Cadets' advantage.
The Green and White successfully killed off a high-sticking penalty midway through the second period but was unable to cut into the deficit. Aubrun denied senior Stevie DeForge's (Norwood, Mass.) effort less than three minutes into the third, and Borduas made it 3-0 when he drove the net from below the goal line and stuffed the puck past Botcher at the 6:12 mark.
Babson pulled Botcher for an extra attacker with 5:13 remaining, but Cowlthorp put the finishing touches on the win with an empty net goal with 1:35 to go.
The Beavers outshot the Cadets 9-5 over the opening 20 minutes but were able to put just 10 shots on net over the final two periods.
Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson travels to Castleton at 3 p.m., while Norwich hosts UMass Boston at 4 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 25-42-7 all-time against Norwich.
• Prior to Friday's loss, Babson had gone 7-0-1 over its first eight road games.
• The Beavers, who were blanked for the first time since a 1-0 loss at Curry on December 8, 2016, had scored at least three goals in each of last seven games entering the night.