Jan. 2, 2009

Courtesy of Norwich Athletics

NORTHFIELD, Vt. - Chad Anderson and Emmond Bell scored goals, and Ryan Klingensmith stopped 23 of the 24 shots that he faced to lead the 12th-ranked Norwich University men's ice hockey team to a 2-1 victory over Neumann Friday evening at Kreitzberg Arena.

The win vaults the Cadets (4-2-2) into the Times Argus Invitational championship game, where they will face Gustavus Adolphus on Saturday, Jan. 3, at 7 p.m. The Golden Gusties upset No. 5-ranked Elmira 4-1 in the first semifinal contest. The Soaring Eagles will match up with Neumann in the consolation game on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Norwich opened the scoring at 4:14 of the first period as Anderson buried a shot from close range. The goal, Anderson's team-leading fifth of the season, was assisted by Rico Piatelli and Craig Serino.

Neumann (8-5-1) had several good chances to tie the game, generating a pair of power play opportunities. Klingensmith stopped all seven shots that he faced to keep the Knights off the scoreboard. The Cadets, who outshot the Knights 9-7 in the opening 20 minutes, carried their 1-0 lead into the second period.

Neither team was able to score in the second period, as Norwich maintained its 1-0 lead following 40 minutes of action. Both teams had opportunities in the frame with the Cadets firing 14 shots and the Knights ripping off nine shots.

Norwich doubled its lead early in the third period as Bell cashed in the Cadets' lone power play chance of the night off assists from Nick Quagliani and Nikita Kashirsky just 48 seconds into the final stanza. The goal, Bell's third of the year, gave the Cadets a 2-0 lead.

Neumann began to turn it up offensively as the third period continued, and the Knights' pressure final paid off when Matt Ward scored on a breakaway at the 12:29 mark. Neumann was unable to tally the equalizer, however, and Norwich held on for the 2-1 victory.

Neumann goalie Ross MacKinnon was strong between the pipes for the Knights, stopping 28 of the 30 shots that he saw on the night.

The game was a clean and crisply played affair that featured only eight penalties. The Cadets went 1-for-1 on the power play, while the Knights were 0-for-3.

Both of Saturday's Times Argus Invitational games will be available on the radio at WDEV (550 AM; 96.1 FM) and on the internet at cadetsradio.com. Live video streamed broadcasts of both games will also be available on CadetsVision via B2 Networks.