Trace Norwell pots two goals in Twin City Thunder’s win over Boston Advantage

Oct. 13—AUBURN — Twin City Thunder ahead Trace Norwell loves to let the goals come to him by means of parking himself proper in entrance of the crease.

Norwell’s technique resulted in two goals Wednesday in a 4-2 win over the Boston Advantage in the Thunder’s 2022-23 house opener at Norway Savings Bank Arena.

“I have the easy job, and my linemates (Richard Davis and Hunter Young) are obviously spectacular; they had some great shots,” Norwell mentioned. “The defensemen gave them some good looks. I just have to stand there and, occasionally, the puck will come to me.”

Norwell now has 8 goals this season, which leads the USPHL National Collegiate Development Conference. His 12 issues rank moment in the league.

Norwell’s first purpose opened the scoring early in the primary length and gave the Thunder (6-3, 12 issues) a 1-0 lead.

After that purpose, Boston (4-3, 8 issues) took regulate of the sport thru puck ownership and making use of drive in its offensive zone.

The Advantage tied the sport off an offensive zone faceoff by means of Jacob Bigras to defenseman Zachary Jesse. Jesse then dished the puck to ahead Ethan Beaumont, whose slap shot beat Thunder goalie Christopher Jackson (20 saves) for a power-play purpose with about 4 mins final in the primary length.

Twin City’s most sensible line regained the lead when Hunter Young and Richard Davis skated into the offensive zone on a 2-on-1. Young, skating at the proper aspect, slid the puck in the slot to Davis, who used to be at the left. Davis’ snap shot hit the center bar within the web for a 2-1 benefit with 3 mins final in the primary length.

“It was a nice play by Young to make a move at the blue line and get wide to feed it over to Davis,” Thunder trainer Dan Hodge mentioned. “That was a great shot (by Davis).”

Both groups killed off a penalty early in the second one length.

Norwell scored his moment purpose of the sport at the persistent play when Advantage goalie Nicholas Bevilaqua (22 saves) stopped the preliminary shot from Davies and Norwell put house the rebound with 12 mins final in the second one length for a 3-1 lead. Defenseman Kadsen Johnson had the secondary help at the purpose.

“When you lose like a top guy (Chance Heaphy), who logs a lot of penalty kill minutes, you have guys in roles they aren’t used to being in,” Boston Advantage trainer Dan Szerlip mentioned. “It’s our job as coaches to get them ready for those roles. When we come up here, we are in the box the whole time, anyway — we kind of expected that.”

Heaphy, the captain of the Advantage, left the sport after the primary length with an damage and didn’t go back.

The Thunder killed off two extra consequences in the center of the second one length.

Nolan Leonard stretched Twin City’s result in 4-1 with every other power-play purpose. Bevilaqua stopped Leonard’s preliminary shot however Leonard put in the second-chance alternative with about 8 mins final in the 3rd length. Johnson earned every other help and ahead Eddie Paulissian additionally used to be credited with an helper.

“(Leonard) had two shots at it. I think the first (opportunity) he may have whiffed at it,” Hodge mentioned. “(The puck) was sitting right there for his first (NCDC) goal. He has worked hard and had opportunities — I am glad he found that (goal).”

Luke Panchisin scored a later power-play purpose in the 3rd length for the Advantage. Bigras recorded his moment help, whilst Michael Woll earned his first.

Boston went 2 for five at the persistent play. The Thunder went 2 for three.

The Thunder will take at the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs (6-3) on Saturday at Norway Savings Bank Arena at 5 p.m. Both groups are lately tied for first position in the North Division with 12 issues.

Norwell mentioned the crew chemistry has helped the Thunder get off to a excellent begin to the season.

“We are a really close team and we have guys who (skate) well,” Norwell mentioned. “Our young guys are spectacular and are picking the (junior hockey game) up. They are filling big shoes early on in the season (of players who moved on from last year’s team). They are helping us a lot.”

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