NORTHFIELD, Vt. – No. 11/12 Norwich University used three second-period goals to defeat the Castleton University men's ice hockey team 4-1 on Friday evening at the Kreitzberg Arena.
Castleton falls to 4-7-0 and 1-7-0 in the New England Hockey Conference, while Norwich improves to 7-3-1 and 6-1-1.
Led by Caleb Fizer, Castleton surged out to an early 1-0. Converting on a power play opportunity, Caleb Fizer put away the puck on a well-timed redirect off Troy Taylor's original shot. Taylor collected the primary assist on the play, while Dom Kuziak added a secondary assist.
The lead only held for about four minutes as the Cadets responded at the 17:37 mark. Coby Downs scored the equalizer and Norwich never looked back, tally three scores in the second to earn the victory.
Castleton was very successful on the penalty kill during the evening, making stops on all five of Norwich's extra-man opportunities. The Spartans also won 30-of-63 face offs, led by Trevor Hanna's 11 and Ryan O'Toole's 10.
Norwich's win on Friday night earned the team possession of the inaugural Wolk Cup, which was named after former Castleton University President David Wolk. The winner of the Battle of Vermont during each season will possess the trophy.
Castleton returns to action at 4 p.m. on Saturday when it travels to Colchester, Vt. to face St. Michael's College.
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