Coghlin sets NCHA wins record as Green Knights earn series split at UW-Superior

From Sports Information Director, January 21, 2011 | Men's Hockey
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DULUTH, Minn. - St. Norbert College head coach Tim Coghlin set the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association record for wins as the Green Knights posted a crucial 5-4 win over UW-Superior at the University of Minnesota-Duluth's Amsoil Arena.

Coghlin picked up his 371st win with St. Norbert as a member of the NCHA. Coghlin passed legendary Bemidji State coach Bob Peters, the name sake of the league's post-season trophy the Peters Cup. Peters had 370 wins from 1982 and 1984-99. Coghlin is 371-98-38 in 17 years in the NCHA and 381-107-39 in 18 years overall.

Not to be lost in the milestone was an exciting game that moved St. Norbert (17-3, 10-2 NCHA) into first place by two points over the Yellowjackets (12-6-1, 9-3 NCHA).

Both teams skated to a 1-1 tie after the first period, with Justin Faryna scoring at 5:45 and Kyle Stroh evening things up on a wide-open net on a power-play at 9:53.

Seth Soley gave the Green Knights a 2-1 lead at 3:59 of the second period on a power-play score, but Superior's Talon Berlando made it 2-2 at 10:36.

The Green Knights forged a 4-2 lead early in the third when Brandon Longley scored at 4:20 and Dustin Walz at 7:04. Superior's Jesse Junkermeier scored on a wraparound 22 seconds after Walz's goal to set up the game's tense final minutes.

St. Norbert was down a man when Johan Ryd scored his second shorthanded goal of the year at 14:18. Nineteen seconds after that St. Norbert was called for two penalties, putting the Green Knights down 5-on-3 for almost two minutes. Superior's Jeff Forsythe scored at 15:52 to trip the deficit, but wouldn't score again.

St. Norbert outshot Superior 31-25. The Green Knights were 2-for-3 on the power play, while the Yellowjackets were 2-for-6. B.J. O'Brien made 21 saves for the Green Knights and Garrett Tinkham had 26 stops for Superior.