Third Period Woes for Green Knights

SAVANNAH GRASS | SPORTS COLUMNIST

On Nov. 16, the St. Norbert Men’s Hockey team were shut out 2-0 against conference opponent Trine University.  Following a St. Norbert win the night before, noth teams were held scoreless until the third period when the Thunder capitalized on the powerplay and an empty net to take the victory.

In the first period, both teams came out aggressive as there were a lot of huge hits on each side. However, it was St. Norbert who got the first real chance to take the lead after a hooking penalty on Trine let the Knights go on their first power play. The Knights had two shots on goal with the man advantage, but were unable to get past Trine goalie Brett Young. 

Two minutes later, Trine got their own power play opportunity due to a slashing penalty by Tim Nicksic ’21. Fortunately for the Knights, goalie Ryan Bontorin ’21 was able to push aside all five shots on goal during the power play and keep the score 0-0 after one period. Overall, Trine outshot St. Norbert 10-5 in the first period of play. 

The second period saw both teams continue to pepper the opposing goalie, but to no avail. At the end of the period, the Knights were up to 13 shots on goal and Bontorin had made 22 saves in the game. 

With the score deadlocked at zero, the Knights got their best chance early on in the final period of play.  After a Trine tripping penalty two minutes into the period, another tripping penalty gave the Knights a 5-3 man advantage for a minute and a half. However, the Knights came out empty handed as they were unable to score on either power play. 

Unfortunately for the Knights, it was Trine who capitalized on the power play later in the third. After an interference call on the Knights with nine minutes to play put the Thunder on the power play, Brendan Prappas slotted past Bontorin for the power play goal to give Trine the 1-0 lead. 

Trine wound up going on the power play again, but it was killed off by the St. Norbert defense. Needing to find the goal to tie the game, the Knights applied pressure in the late stages of the period. Unfortunately, after pulling their goalie with a minute left in the contest, Trine’s Brandon Krumpscmid gathered the puck and scored on the empty net to finish the game 2-0. 

Ryan Bontorin got the loss for the Knights as he made 32 total saves in the contest. Overall, St. Norbert was outshot by Trine 34-24 in the game. Both teams each had three penalties in the contest, but Trine was able to convert one of them for the crucial goal. 

The loss puts St. Norbert to a 2-4 record and a 1-3 record in conference play. Looking to improve against NCHA conference opponents, the Green Knights will play a crucial set against Marian University next weekend. The team will travel to Marian on Nov. 22 and then return home to play them again on home ice on Nov. 23. 

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