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NORTHFIELD, Vt. - Norwich University claimed their second-straight New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) title and 14th overall as they defeated Hobart College 3-0 on Saturday at Kreitzberg arena.
Tom Aubrun (Chamonix, France) made 29 saves in net for his ninth consecutive shutout and also set a new NCAA Division III record with his 13th overall on the season as he earned Most Valuable Player accolades.
Jordan Hall (Anchorage, Alaska) scored two goals and added an assist while Taeron Lewis (Winnipeg, Manitoba) added the other tally for the Cadets.
Hall along with fellow Cadets Brett Ouderkirk (Monkland, Ont.) and Gabirel Chicoine (St. Dominique, Que.) were named to the All-Tournament team for their performances in the NEHC postseason. Hobart was represented by Zach Sternbach (Loudonville, N.Y.) and Mike Faulkner (Bronx, N.Y.)
Norwich senior forward Taeron Lewis (Winnipeg, Manitoba) opened the scoring at the 3:14 mark of the first period with his 12th goal of the season off assists from Ouderkirk and Hall.
Lewis beat Hobart goalie Liam Lascelle (Cornwall, Ont.) with a wrist shot from the right wing off a feed on a 2-on-1 from Ouderkirk. Hall made the play by absorbing a hit in front of the NU bench but pushed the puck ahead to Ouderkirk to create the rush.
Norwich increased the lead to 2-0 at the 5:17 mark when Hall scored his 12th goal of the season and extended his goal-scoring streak to six straight games. Hall scored on the power play off a beautiful tic-tac-toe passing setup from Ouderkirk and TJ Dockery (Lockport, N.Y.). Dockery worked the puck from the point over to Ouderkirk at the left faceoff circle. Ouderkirk fired a cross-ice pass to Hall, who corralled it and then ripped a shot past Lascelle to double the lead.
Hobart ramped up the pressure in the third period, bottling Norwich up in its own end on multiple occasions, but the Statesmen were once again unable to solve Aubrun and the Norwich defense. Lawson MacDougall (Williamstown, Ont.) had the best scoring chance for Hobart with an open chance in the middle of the slot but his shot hit off the right post and deflected away with just over two minutes left.
Hall capped the scoring with three seconds left with an empty-net goal after he won the puck out of a massive scrum along the side boards and then rifled it into the empty net ahead of a few Hobart players to seal the victory.
Norwich won its sixth straight against Hobart since it lost the 2018 NEHC Championship game. The Cadets and Statesmen have met in all three league finals since Hobart joined the league in 2017-18.
Norwich earns an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament with the victory while Hobart will hope for an at-large bid into the field. Both teams will await their fate during Monday's selection show at 10:30 a.m. on www.ncaa.com.