#3/#4 Norwich Shuts Out Southern Maine 4-0

Sophomore F Sasha Makarov and the Huskies fell to #3/#4 Norwich on Saturday.
Sophomore F Sasha Makarov and the Huskies fell to #3/#4 Norwich on Saturday.

(Courtesy of Norwich University Sports Information)

Aubrun, Norwich Shut Out Southern Maine 4-0

            NORTHFIELD, Vt. -- Sophomore goalie Tom Aubrun (Chamonix, France) stopped all 26 shots he faced to pick up his first collegiate shutout in the first start of his Norwich University men's ice hockey career to lead the #3/#4 Cadets to a 4-0 win over the University of Southern Maine in a New England Hockey Conference men's game Saturday afternoon at Kreitzberg Arena.

            The win improved the Cadets record to 4-2-1 overall and 4-1-1 in NEHC games.  The Huskies dropped to 1-4-1 overall and in the league.

            Norwich got goals from Jake Erickson (Stillwater, Minn.), Kevin Salvucci (Plymouth, Mass.), Felix Brassard (St. Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec) and TJ Dockery (Lockport, N.Y.) to pick up the crucial two league points and salvage a split of the weekend.

            Erickson gave Norwich the lead at the 9:46 mark of the first period with his first goal of the season on a slap shot from the point on the power play off an assist from Carter Cowlthorp (Boissevain, Manitoba).

            Salvucci increased the lead to 2-0, beating USM rookie goalie Anthony D'Aloisio (Frisco, Texas) for his fourth goal of the season at the 4:36 mark of the second period.

            NU made it 3-0 at the 7:29 mark with Brassard cashing in on a USM turnover behind its net off a feed from Coby Downs (Montclair, Calif.). Salvucci started the play on the fore check and forced the Huskies to make an errant pass behind their net that Downs picked off and fed to a wide-open Brassard who potted it in for his third goal of the season.

            Dockery scored his second of the season at the 11:44 mark to cap the scoring and make it 4-0.

            Aubrun and the NU defense made it stand up from there.  Aubrun got the help of a terrific defensive play by David Robertson (Boissevain, Manitoba) midway through the third period with Robertson blocking a USM shot with a wide open net after Aubrun was down and out from making the initial save.

            D'Aloisio finished his day surrendering four goals and making 13 saves before being relieved by sophomore Paul Léger (Blainville, Quebec).  Léger stopped 13 shots without allowing a goal over the final 28:16.

            The Huskies return to action on Tuesday (7:00 p.m.) hosting Salem State University for a non-conference game.  Norwich will participate in the 20th Annual PrimeLink Great Northern Shootout that starts on Friday (4:00 p.m.) at Middlebury College.  NU will play Plattsburgh State in the opening game of the tournament.