Men & Women Fall to Adrian in NCHA Championships

MARK COUCH | SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

On March 5, the Adrian College men’s hockey team defeated the Green Knights 4-1. Adrian took the lead late in the first period off of a St. Norbert defensive zone turnover, and they never looked back.

The Bulldogs went into the second intermission up 2-0 after a power-play goal. Tanner Froese ’18 scored while St. Norbert was shorthanded to cut the Adrian lead to one goal. That was the Green Knights’ lone goal of the contest. Adrian scored two more goals during the last seven minutes of the game to cruise to a victory.

Despite the loss, on March 7, St. Norbert was granted an at-large berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament. An at-large berth occurs when a team that did not win their conference is invited by the tournament committee based on their record, ranking, strength of schedule, etc.

The Green Knights received a first-round bye and will host the Augsburg College Auggies in the quarterfinal round on March 19. The winner will advance to the NCAA Division III Frozen Four on March 25 to 26 at the Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y. Augsburg went 17-8-2 this season.

Augsburg beat Saint John’s 5-4 in triple overtime to win the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. This is the Auggies’ third NCAA Tournament appearance in school history and first since the 1997-98 season.

On March 6, the St. Norbert women’s hockey team’s season was ended after a 2-0 loss to Adrian College. Neither team scored after two periods of play. However, Adrian scored eight minutes and 11 seconds into the third period. The Bulldogs scored again through an empty-net goal with one minute and 30 seconds left. The Green Knights had a skater advantage for five minutes and 43 seconds of the game, but went 0 for 2 on power-play opportunities.

Following the loss, Reaghan Chadwick ’18, Myranda Hayes ’16 and Leigh Grall ’18 were named to the Slaats Cup Playoffs All-Tournament Team.

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