Jan. 3, 2009

Courtesy Norwich University

NORTHFIELD, Vt. - Four different Cadets scored goals, and Ryan Klingensmith made 38 saves to lead the 12th-ranked Norwich University men's ice hockey team past Gustavus Adolphus, 4-3, in the championship game of the 10th annual Times Argus Invitational Saturday evening at Kreitzberg Arena.

Klingensmith, who made several spectacular saves, and was solid throughout the tournament, was named the event's Most Valuable Player. Freshman Emmond Bell, who scored the game-winning goal midway through the third period, and also added an assist, was selected as the tournament's Most Valuable Rookie. Nikita Kashirsky and Craig Serino, who each tallied goals for the Cadets were named to the All-Tournament Team.

Norwich (5-2-2) got on the scoreboard first as D.J. Fimiani scored a power play goal off assists from Kashirsky and Bell at the 7:37 mark. Gustavus Adolphus had several great scoring chances, including a pair of breakaways, in the first period, but Klingensmith stopped each of the Golden Gusties' 12 shots. The Cadets generated several scoring opportunities of their own, but were unable to add to their lead and they went into the first intermission in front, 1-0.

The second period was an exciting one that featured a total of four goals - two by each team. Serino started the scoring frenzy as he scored off a rebound exactly two minutes into the frame. Rico Piatelli was credited with an assist on the goal, which gave the Cadets a 2-0 lead at the 18:00 mark.

Gustavus Adolphus (8-5-0) sliced its deficit in half midway through the second period as Joe Welch scored off assists from James Leathers and Eric Bigham at the 11:36 mark. Norwich recaptured its two-goal cushion at the 13:41 mark when Kashirsky scored an unassisted short-handed goal. Kashirsky skated into the Gusties' zone on a forecheck, stole the goaltender's up-ice pass and then buried the puck into the empty net. Gustavus Adolphus fought back, however, and Bigham's power play goal with 1:22 to play in the period made it a 3-2 game. Leathers was credited with an assist on the play.

Bell broke through with the game-winning tally at the 8:40 mark of the third period, giving the Cadets a 4-2 lead at the time. The Gusties refused to quit, though, outshooting the Cadets 14-5 in the final stanza. Their pressure paid off at the 10:53 mark as Welch scored his second goal of the game off assists from Ross Ring-Jarvi and Leathers.

Norwich had to hang on down the stretch, with Klingensmith making some tremendous saves to preserve the victory.

For the game, Gustavus Adolphus outshot Norwich 41-27. The Gusties went 2-for-7 on the power play, while the Cadets were 1-for-2.

Norwich has a quick turnaround for its next game, as the Cadets travel across Lake Champlain to battle regional rival Plattsburgh State on Tuesday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m. The Cadets and Cardinals met earlier this season at the Primelink Great Northern Shootout, and the two teams skated to a 3-3 tie. Tuesday's game will be available live on the radio (WDEV: FM-96.1/AM-550), and on the internet (www.cadetsradio.com).

All-Tournament Team Nikita Kashirsky, Norwich
Craig Serino, Norwich
David Martinson, Gustavus Adolphus
Brad Wieck, Gustavus Adolphus
Matt Ward, Neumann
Karl Linden, Elmira

Most Valuable Rookie: Emmond Bell, Norwich

Most Valuable Player: Ryan Klingensmith, Norwich