GREEN BAY, Wis. – The last team to defeat defending national champion St. Norbert at the Cornerstone Community Center was also the team to end the Green Knights’ 27-game home unbeaten streak on Friday as St. Scholastica was victorious 3-2.
Friday’s win against the fifth-ranked Green Knights marks the sixth consecutive season the Saints have defeated a team ranked fifth or better nationally. The last loss at home by St. Norbert was on December 4, 2009 when Jordan Chong scored a short-handed overtime goal to lift St. Scholatica past the Knights.
|Other Friday Results|
|Wis.-Eau Claire 5, No. 3 Wis.-River Falls 2|
|No. 10 Utica 1, Potsdam 0|
|No. 10 Wis.-Superior 4, Finlandia 3|
The first period was scoreless as the Saints committed three penalties within the first eight minutes, but managed to kill them all off. Due to the fact that the Saints were on the penalty kill three times, St. Norbert owned the edge in shots 16-4 in the period.
The Green Knights finally broke through seven and a half minutes into the second period on a Chris Rial goal. CSS evened up the score with seven minutes left in the period as Brett Corcoran scored his team-best 10th goal of the season. Brenden Bradbury had the assist.
With less than four minutes left in the period, Johan Ryd put St. Norbert back in front. But once again it was the Saints responding as Joel Langevin added his first tally of the season to make it 2-2 at the second intermission. Ryne Bodger and Paul Marcoux assisted on the goal.
The Green Knights would be held in check for the most part in the third period and the Saints were able to get in front for the first time on the night at Jeremy Dawes scored with less than 12 minutes to go to make it 3-2. Tyler Miller and Austin Brown had the assists. Dawes has now scored a goal in five consecutive games. The CSS defense and goaltender Colin Rundell held it from there as the Saints prevailed 3-2.
Rundell made 33 saves for his fourth win of the season, while David Jacobson had 16 saves in the loss for the Green Knights. St. Norbert (6-3-3, 3-3-1 NCHA) outshot St. Scholastica 35-19. Both teams went a combined for 0-for-7 on the power play.
The Saints, who are now unbeaten in their last six games, move into a tie for second place in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) and are just two points behind first-place Wisconsin-River Falls, which suffered its first defeat of the season on Friday to UW-Eau Claire.