Green Knights Stay Hot in Sweep of UW-River Falls

From Sports Information Director, November 10, 2012 | Men's Hockey
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College recorded its fourth shutout in the young 2012-13 season with a 4-0 blanking of UW-River Falls in a Northern Collegiate Hockey Association game at the Cornerstone Community Center.

The third-ranked Green Knights (6-1, 4-0 NCHA) outscored ninth-ranked River Falls 11-1 in the two-game series and in four league games hold a staggering 22-1 edge in goals.

St. Norbert took an early 1-0 lead just 4 minutes 8 seconds into the game when Tyler Zepeda intercepted a bad clear out of the River Falls' defensive zone and buried an unassisted goal past Falcons' goaltender Scott Lewan.

The Green Knights effectively put the game out of reach in the first five minutes of the second period. Joe Perry fought for a loose puck along the boards and pushed it ahead to Erik Cooper, who suddenly found himself on a 2-on-1 breakaway with Marian Fiala. Fiala put home his first goal of the season past a prone Lewan for a 2-0 lead at 3:01.

Three seconds after the ensuing faceoff, River Falls' Jake Calleja was whistled for a slashing penalty. The Green Knights kept their power play clicking with a score by Cooper at 4:39 for a 3-0 edge.

St. Norbert closed out the scoring at 16:38 when Perry slammed home a power-play goal for his third marker of the season.

The Green Knights were 2-for-4 on the power play and are now 15-for-39 (38.5 percent) on the season. St. Norbert was 6-for-8 with the man advantage in the series.

Cooper, Perry and Fiala all added assists to their goals to record multi-point games for the Green Knights.

St. Norbert outshot River Falls (4-2, 0-2) by a 33-22 count. Jacobson made all 22 saves to record his fourth shutout of the year. Lewan made 29 stops for the Falcons, who were 0-for-5 on the power play.