Cadet Men Enter Playoffs 21-2-1
Norwich (21-2-1, 16-1-1 ECAC East) begins its quest for its fourth straight ECAC East Tournament title Saturday when it hosts No. 8-seeded Southern Maine in the quarterfinals. The Cadets enter on a nine-game unbeatean streak dating back to Jan. 12. NU is coming off a hardfought three-point weekend with a tie against Babson on Friday and a 4-2 win over UMass- Boston on Saturday. Southern Maine has lost three straight games and 11 of its last 12 coming into tonight. The Huskies fell 4-1 in their regular season finale against New England College. Southern Maine's last win came on Feb. 10 with a 6-3 victory over UMass-Boston.
Norwich leads the all-time series with Southern Maine 22-3-0. The Cadets have won nine straight against the Huskies, including a 6-0 win at home this season and a 2-0 win at USM. Southern Maine's last win came in 2007 in each team's season opener with the Huskies scoring an 8-3 victory over NU. The two teams first meeting came in 1988 with Norwich winning by a score of 7-1.
Norwich is led by Mike Mc- Shane, who is in his 18th year at the helm of the program and has compiled a 386-101-27 record. He recorded his 600th all-time victory last season on Jan. 27 in a win over Southern Maine becoming just the ninth coach at any level in NCAA history to accomplish the feat. Jeff Beaney is in his 26th season as the head coach at Southern Maine. He has compiled a 253-355-45 career record in his over a quarter-century at the helm of the Husky men's hockey program.
Norwich is led by forward Colin Mulvey who has enjoyed a breakout senior season for the Cadets. Mulvey leads the team with 19 goals to go along with 15 assists for 34 points. He leads the country with a staggering nine gamewinning goals, including securing the game winner against UMass-Boston on Saturday. Junior forward Travis Janke (12- 22-34) is tied for the team lead in points with Mulvey and became the 47th player in program history to record 100 career points earlier this season. Senior forward Tory Allan (10-20-30) has slotted in with Janke and Mulvey to form one of the league's most dangerous offensive lines. Senior forwards Kyle Thomas (10-12-22) and Pier-Olivier Cotnoir (11-10- 21) round out the Cadets' top-five offensive leaders. In goal, junior Chris Czarnota and sophomore Matic Marinsek have split the minutes for a majority of the season. Czarnota is 10-1-1 with a 1.67 goals against average and a .910 save percentage. Marinsek is 9-1-0 with a 1.80 goals against average and a .904 save percentage.