Men's Hockey Falls to Norwich in PrimeLink Final

Michael Fahie earned a spot on the all-tournament team.
Michael Fahie earned a spot on the all-tournament team.

Norwich (3-2-1) scored four power-play goals on its way to a 5-1 win over Middlebury in the championship game of the PrimeLink Great Northern Shootout. The Panthers (2-2) return to action on Friday when they host Connecticut College at 7:00 p.m. in the team's home opener in Kenyon Arena.

Middlebury took a 1-0 lead just 45 seconds in the game with a goal from Kamil Tkaczuk. After carrying the puck up the ice, Tkaczuk worked a give-and-go with Emack Bentley, netting his first of the year with a shot from the slot.

Norwich answered with a power-play goal at the 6:54 mark when Brett Ouderkirk scored on a wrister from the high slot, after a shot from the left point by Taeron Lewis had been saved.

The Cadets took a 2-1 lead at 9:36 when Lewis converted on a rebound after a partial glove save by Panther netminder Brian Ketchabaw on Scott Swanson.

Ouderkirk hit the crossbar at the 12:50 before the Panthers later ended the period on a flurry, but found themselves trailing 2-1 after 20 minutes of play.

The hosts took advantage of a 5-on-3 power play at the 9:23 mark of the second period, again scoring on a rebound as Carter Cowlthorp converted after Ouderkirk had been denied.

Bentley nearly made it a one-goal game 5:34 into the third period, after a turnover, but his shot was denied by Norwich goaltender Adam Mercer.

Norwich gained some breathing room later in the period with a pair of power-play goals. Gabriel Chicoine scored through traffic in a 5-on-3 situation, before Noah Williams connected 1:03 later after a blocked shot.

Norwich held a 28-22 shots advantage in the game, going 4-11 on the power play. Middlebury, who led 19-17 in shots entering the third period, went 0-3 with the extra man.

Ketchabaw finished with 23 saves in goal, while Mercer made 21 for the Cadets.

Michael Fahie was named to the all-tournament team for the Panthers.