NORTHFIELD, Vt. -- Senior forward Chris Duszynski tallied his first career hat trick to lead Norwich to a wild 10-4 victory in its season opener against Plymouth State on Friday night at Kreitzberg Arena.
Freshman forward Paul Russell and junior forward Gerard McEleney each tallied two goals, while sophomore defenseman Ryan Whitell tallied four assists to round out the Cadets' offensive leaders on the night.
Duszynski scored twice to help Norwich (1-0-0, 0-0-0 ECAC East) jump out to a 3-0 lead less than seven minutes into the game. He opened the scoring at the 4:03 mark when he redirected the puck past Plymouth State starting goalie Tyler Ingerson after Shane Gorman fed him from behind the net. Senior forward Travis Janke also picked up his first of three assists on the night as well.
Russell scored his first collegiate goal just 23 seconds later when he took a shot that just trickled over the line after Ingerson got a piece of it. Sophomore forward Dean Niezgoda and Corey Hale each picked up assists on the goal to make it 2-0 Norwich.
No. 2 St. Norbert 2, Marian 1
FOND DU LAC, Wis. -- St. Norbert faced Marian with conference points at stake for the first time in its series, and the Green Knights rallied to pull out a 2-1 Northern Collegiate Hockey Association win against the Sabres at Blue Line Family Ice Center.
The Green Knights trailed 1-0 after one period before getting a pair of goals to tip the Sabres (0-2, 0-1 NCHA). The triumph was St. Norbert's 14th consecutive season-opening win.
Marian wasted no time in getting the early lead, with Tyler Klein scoring for the third time this season just 47 seconds into the game, with Matt Williams and Thomas Nosella assisting.
St. Norbert didn't find the equalizer until Michael Hill scored his first goal with the Green Knights at the 15:01 mark of the second period. Sam Higgins and George Malliaras picked up assists.
Chris Rial notched the game-winning goal at 7:52 of the third period. Pijus Rulevicius and Mason Baptista recorded helpers.
David Jacobson made 23 saves in net for the Green Knights, while Josh Baker turned in a 39-save performance for Marian as St. Norbert outshot the host 41-24. The Green Knights were 0-for-7 on the power play, while Marian was 0-for-5.
Fredonia State 3, No. 4 Oswego State 2 (OT)
OSWEGO, N.Y. -- Fredonia State freshman forward Hunter Long scored on a deflection to lift the Blue Devils to a 3-2 overtime win against Oswego State 3-2 in the season opener for both SUNYAC teams.
Long was stationed in front of the net to redirect a quick, short shot by senior forward Matt Owczarczak with 28 seconds left in overtime. Senior forward Alex Perkins set up Owczarczak with a pass from outside the right circle.
Sophomore defenseman Mitch Kaufmann and sophomore Chad Bennett also scored for the Blue Devils, while freshman goaltender Christopher Eiserman made 38 saves.
Eiserman kept the Blue Devils in the game in the first period as the Lakers swarmed on offense, first on even strength and then on a power play. Fredonia State had two power-play chances of their own late in the period, yet were turned aside by Oswego goaltender Justin Gilbert, who finished with 26 saves.
No. 5 Plattsburgh State 3, Potsdam State 0
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – Plattsburgh State opened the 2013-14 campaign with a 3-0 victory against the Potsdam State Bears in a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) game Friday night at the Stafford Ice Arena.
With a 51-14 advantage in shots, the Cardinals controlled play through much of the season opener but Potsdam goaltender John Hall limited the damage with 48 saves in the loss. Plattsburgh State's Mathieu Cadieux turned away all 14 shots to earn his first shutout of the year.
Nick Jensen gave Plattsburgh a 1-0 lead in the second period on the power play. About three minutes later, Patrick Hermans added another goal to give Plattburgh a 2-0 advantage.
Dillan Fox, who assisted on the Jensen goal, capped the scoring with a third-period goal.
No. 6 Utica 3, Nazareth 1
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Utica netted three unanswered goals in the final two periods to rally from an early 1-0 deficit on its way to an ECAC West Conference victory against host Nazareth 3-1 in the season opener for both squads.
Three different Pioneers led the charge, as sophomores Nick Miglio and Donny Olivieri, as well as junior Justin Hogan, netted a goal for UC. UC improved to 1-0 and the Pioneers are now undefeated in seven consecutive regular-season openers.
Utica senior goalie Nick Therrien stopped 29 shots in the victory. UC outshot Nazareth 40-30 and the Pioneers penalty-kill unit was perfect, shutting out the Golden Flyers on seven power-play opportunities, including three in the third period.
No. 7 Adrian 6, Northland 2
ASHLAND, Wis. -- Adrian opened the season and made its NCHA debut on Friday with a 6-2 win at Northland. Both teams were members of the former MCHA and thus have faced one another several times with the Bulldogs having never lost to the LumberJacks (15-0).
The newest members of the Bulldogs made their presence known in the first period. Michael Hoy scored the season's first goal at 8:42 with Justin Basso earning an assist. Brett Pinkerton added to the lead at 19:42 on the power play with Jeremy Olinyk and Ryan Gieseler each assisting on the goal. Adrian held a 17-5 edge in shots during the first period.
Josh Ranalli scored 39 seconds into the second period with Austin Hervey and Josh Cousineau helping on Adrian's third goal. Kevin Balas scored at 11:24 from Chris Leone to make it 4-0 after two periods.
Ranalli notched a power-play goal at 1:08 of the third with Ryan Lowe and Shelby Gray assisting on his second of the night. Duston Hebebrand added Adrian's sixth goal just 19 seconds later from Pinkerton. Anthony Stempin on the power play (13:24) and Mike Lennon (13:34) scored late in the contest.
No. 9 Hobart 5, Manhattanville 0
GENEVA, N.Y. -- Hobart opened the season with a 5-0 win against visiting Manhattanville in an ECAC West game played at The Cooler on Friday night. Nick Bingaman led the Statesmen with two goals and an assist in his first collegiate game.
Junior Terrence O'Neill produced two assists and senior Tommy Fiorentino chipped in a goal and an assist in the win. Sophomore goalie Lino Chimienti played all 60 minutes and stopped all 26 shots that he faced to secure his first collegiate shutout in his second career start.
The Statesmen went two for six on the power play, and killed all eight of the Valiants power-play attempts. Hobart held a 27-26 edge in shots. Alex Scola played all 60 minutes in goal for Manhattanville and finished with 22 saves.