Augsburg Shocks St. Norbert
MINNEAPOLIS -- David Clements (So., Grande Prairie, Alberta/Grande Prairie Composite HS), Joe Haehn (Sr., Minneapolis, Minn./Washburn HS) and Critter Nagurski (Jr., International Falls, Minn.) scored two goals each, leading host Augsburg College to a 7-4 upset win over St. Norbert College (Wis.) in a non-conference men's hockey game Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Augsburg Ice Arena.
Augsburg scored the first six goals of the game, including two shorthanded goals in a 50-second span of the second period, to improve to 2-0-0 on the season.
St. Norbert, ranked No. 2 nationally by U.S. College Hockey Online in the Division III preseason polls, is now 4-1-0 on the season. Connor Hughes (Sr., Fernie, British Columbia) scored twice for the Green Knights in a losing effort.
Augsburg was outshot 36-22 by St. Norbert, but Tony Ciro (Sr., Spring Lake Park, Minn./Hill-Murray HS) made 32 saves in goal for the Auggies -- including stopping 22-of-23 shots in the first two periods as Augsburg built a 6-1 advantage.
Clements scored twice in the first period, on a goal from his twin brother Danny Clements (So., Grande Prairie, Alberta/Grande Prairie Composite HS) at the 7:48 mark, and from Greg May (Jr., Burnsville, Minn.) and Danny Clements at the 18:04 mark. Between the two Clements goals, Haehn scored his first goal of the game on the power play -- just the second power-play goal St. Norbert has surrendered this season -- from Aaron Johnson (Jr., Plymouth, Minn./Robbinsdale Armstrong HS) and Danny Carlson (So., Roseville, Minn.), at the 16:48 mark.
Augsburg went ahead 4-0 on Nagurski's first goal, from Patrick Fogerty (Fr., Forest Lake, Minn.), at the 9:48 mark of the second period. Augsburg then scored two shorthanded goals on breakaways in a 50-second span midway through the frame. Johnson scored from Carlson and Matt Parnell (Sr., White Bear Lake, Minn.) at the 12:52 mark, followed by an unassisted goal from Nagurski at the 13:42 mark.
Augsburg added a penalty-shot goal by Haehn at the 8:20 mark of the third period to complete its scoring.
St. Norbert gained two goals from Hughes, one at the 16:50 mark of the second period from Tyler Gow (Jr., Nanaimo, British Columbia) and Troy Boisjoli (Jr., Glidden, Saskatchewan), and another on the power play at the 11:41 mark of the third period from Andrew Derton (Jr., Powell River, British Columbia).
St. Norbert scored twice in the final 4:08 to trim the lead to three goals. Andy Cote (Jr., Davisburg, Mich.) scored from Kurtis Peterson (Jr., Midale, Saskatchewan) and Jordan Forslund (Sr., Sherwood Park, Alberta) at the 15:52 mark on the power play, and Boisjoli scored from Derton at the 17:37 mark.
Eric Van Den Bosch (Sr., Swan Lake, Manitoba) played the first period in goal for the Green Knights before being relieved by Kyle Jones (So., North Delta, British Columbia). Van Den Bosch gave up three goals in the first period and made six saves, while Jones made nine saves and surrendered four goals.
The teams combined for 27 penalties for 65 minutes -- 12-for-24 for St. Norbert, 15-for-41 for Augsburg -- with St. Norbert going 2-for-11 on the power play and Augsburg going 1-for-9. The Green Knights have now killed 31 of 33 opponent power plays this season (93.9 percent).
Both teams continue the "crossover" games between the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and Northern Collegiate Hockey Association next weekend. Augsburg has games at Wisconsin-Stout on Friday (11/11) at 7:30 p.m. and Wisconsin-River Falls on Saturday (11/12) at 7:05 p.m. St. Norbert hosts St. Mary's on Friday at 7 p.m., and hosts St. Thomas on Saturday at 7 p.m.
-- Courtesy Augsburg