GRAEME GALLAGHER | SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
Just in case you were too busy enjoying your time off, here is everything you missed about St. Norbert hockey over break.
The men’s team continued their winning ways and went 4-0 over break. The number-one-ranked Green Knights started the new year with a dominating 7-1 victory against Finlandia University. They peppered a total of forty-four shots on goal and junior Tanner Froese tallied two goals and an assist to his name.
The Green Knights faced off against Finlandia on the next day and continued to ride the momentum to a 3-0 win and their twelveth win of the season. Froese once again got on the scoresheet and senior goaltender Tony Kujava made 15 saves in the victory.
St. Norbert hit the road and travelled to Michigan to face seventh-ranked Adrian College. Scoring a goal in every period, the Green Knights stormed to a 3-1 victory. Sophomore Riley Christensen lead the offense with two goals and sophomore T.J. Black carried the defense with twenty-seven saves. Fortunately for St. Norbert, Black continued his stellar goaltending into the next game. Tallying forty-five saves, Black crippled Adrian’s attack and led the Green Knights to a dramatic 4-2 win.
The next weekend, St. Norbert returned home to take on Concordia University. The Green Knights were confident coming off their two big wins against Adrian, but they failed to show up well against the Falcons. Coach Coghlin’s team fell behind 3-2 in the third period and while trying to mount an attack, gave up an empty-net goal resulting in a 4-2 loss. St. Norbert outshot Concordia 28-18, but couldn’t find the back of the net against goalie, Nick Malvin.
In the second game of the weekend, Malvin was once again a menace for the St. Norbert offense. He turned away all 33 Green Knights shots and handed them their 4th loss of the season.
Despite the consecutive losses, St. Norbert leads the NCHA North Division by two points over St. Scholastica. Next up for St. Norbert are two home conference games against Northland College. Northland comes into the series having won their last four games and they have a record of 9-8-2 on the year.
As for the women’s team, they entered winter break with a record of 3-7-1 and a road game against Gustavus Adolphus College. The game was neck and neck until a second period hooking penalty on the Green Knights led to a power play goal for the Gusties. St. Norbert couldn’t manage to find the back of the net on any of their three power play opportunities and the game ended 1-0.
St. Norbert returned home to De Pere to face off against number two ranked UW-River Falls in their next game. Once again, the second period proved disastrous for the Green Knights as River Falls scored two goals in the second, and then tacked on another in the third period for a final score of 3-0. St. Norbert had no answer for River Falls goaltender Angie Hall who turned away all twelve shots from the Green Knights.
Hoping to reverse their fortune, St. Norbert headed to UW-Stevens Point to battle the Pointers. The Green Knights fell behind two goals to none in the second period, but managed to work a nice power play goal scored by junior Selena Stromer late in the third period. The Green Knights weren’t able to score another goal and they lost 2-1.
St. Norbert faced the Pointers again the following night, this time at home, and they were out for revenge. St. Norbert’s offense produced a goal in every period, including an unassisted goal from junior Natasha Smith. The three goals carried the Green Knights to a 3-2 victory and created momentum heading into their next games against St. Scholastica.
Playing on the road, St. Norbert suffered a close 1-0 loss in the first game and then a tough 5-0 loss in the next. The Green Knights outshot their opponent in both games, but simply couldn’t find the back of the net.
Next, St. Norbert travelled to Michigan to face conference-leading Adrian College. Battling in both games, the Green Knights simply couldn’t defend against the Adrian offense as they lost 4-0 and 8-0.
St. Norbert is currently sixth in the NCHA standings and will play last place Finlandia University this weekend. Your last chances to see the Green Knights at home this season are next weekend, Feb. 17 and 18. Feb. 17 is Senior Night.