NORTHFIELD, Vt.—Sophomore Maxime Borduas (St. Cesaire, Quebec) scored twice as No. 1 Norwich University edged visiting Babson College, 2-0, in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's ice hockey action on Friday night at Kreitzberg Arena.
Babson, which has dropped back-to-back games, slips to 2-3-0 overall and 1-2-0 in league play, while Norwich improves to 6-0-0 overall and 5-0-0 in the NEHC.
Junior goaltender Brad Arvanitis (Holliston, Mass.) stopped 26 of 28 shots for the Beavers in his first start since November 2.
Sophomore Noah Williams (Cortland, N.Y.) picked up two assists and senior netminder Tom Aubrun (Chamonix, France) made 25 saves for the Cadets, who have allowed just one goal of their first six contests this season.
Borduas put Norwich up 1-0 with his second goal of the season 11:06 into the first period. Williams initial shot deflected off a Babson defender but Borduas collected the rebound in the slot and slipped it past Arvanitis and inside the right post for the lead.
Arvanitis made a pad save on junior Scott Swanson (Wheaton, Ill.) in the slot just under eight minutes into the second period to keep the Beavers' deficit at one, and then denied senior Jordan Hall (Anchorage, Alaska) following a giveaway with a little over five minutes to play in the stanza. The Green and White was limited to just one shot on the power play after Norwich was whistled for hooking 58 seconds before the second intermission, and Aubrun denied sophomore Hunter Garlasco (Mahwah, N.J.) driving to the net and made a kick save on classmate Jack Nisbet (Scituate, Mass.) less than 10 seconds apart early in the third.
The Cadets doubled their advantage at 4:21 of the third when Williams took pass from senior Taeron Lewis (Winnepeg, Manitoba) below the goal line following an offensive zone faceoff and fed it in front for Borduas, who beat Arvanitis with a one-timer to make it 2-0. The Beavers outshot Norwich 11-10 in the finale period but were called for two penalties over the final 3:17 and were never able to pull Arvanitis for an extra skater.
The Green and White was outshot 28-25 in the contest and finished 0-for-2 on the power play. The Cadets, who had a 34-second 5-on-3 advantage late in the third, went scoreless on four power play opportunities.
Both teams return to action on Saturday at 4 p.m. as Babson travels to Castleton, while Norwich hosts UMass Boston.
• The Beavers are 25-44-7 all-time against Norwich and have dropped their last five regular season game at Kreitzberg Arena.
• Prior to Friday, Babson had scored at least one power play goal in six consecutive games against NEHC opponents.
• Friday's contest was the Beavers' first against the No. 1 in the USCHO.com poll since February 3, 2017, when it played to a 2-2 OT tie with then-top-ranked Norwich inside the Babson Skating Center.