Green Knights Finish Off Weekend Sweep of Falcons

From Sports Information Director, November 20, 2010 | Men's Hockey
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

GREEN BAY - St. Norbert College held on for a 2-1 win over UW-River Falls to finish off a sweep of a Northern Collegiate Hockey Association two-game series at the Cornerstone Community Center.

The Green Knights, ranked third in the USCHO.com Division III Poll, improved to 7-1 overall and 6-0 in the NCHA. The Falcons, who fell to 3-5-1 and 2-4, fell to 0-17 all-time at the Cornerstone against the Green Knights and 20 straight overall at St. Norbert.

River Falls had plenty of chances to eke out at least a tie in this game after St. Norbert jumped out to a 2-0 first-period lead. The Falcons' Sean Roadhouse scored 32 seconds into the second period to halve the deficit. St. Norbert's Taylor Langford was fingered for a major checking from behind penalty at 11:14 of the second period, but the Green Knights killed off the five minutes.

St. Norbert took four penalties in the third period, including a too many men call with 2:25 left in the game. River Falls didn't pull goaltender Scott Lewan until 1:18 remained, but the Falcons could solve B.J. O'Brien to net the equalizer.

O'Brien finished with 16 saves, with nine coming in the third period. O'Brien improved to 6-1 on the year with a 1.73 goals against average, and was an important factor in St. Norbert killing off all nine River Falls power-play chances.

St. Norbert scored twice in the first 8:26 of the game. Mike Bernardy's shot from the point when off River Falls' goaltender Eric Babcook's glove into the net at 6:35. Kyle Stroh then sniped a top-shelf marker from near the face-off dot at 8:26. Nick Tabisz assisted on both goals, while Johan Ryd and Brandon Hoogenboom also had a helper apiece.

Stroh's goal sent Babcook to the bench with two saves, and Lewan ably finished up with 19 saves in 50:27 of work.