Green Knights to Face Plattsburgh State in NCAA Tournament

From Sports Information Director, March 4, 2013 | Women's Hockey
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College will head east when making its first NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Tournament appearance.

The Green Knights (18-9-2) will head to New York's North Country to face Plattsburgh State University (25-0-2) at 4 p.m. EST Saturday at Stafford Ice Arena in Plattsburgh, N.Y., in a national quarterfinal game.

St. Norbert, in its third season of varsity women's ice hockey, earned the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament with a 3-2 overtime win over UW-River Falls Saturday to win the O'Brien Cup Playoffs championship. Plattsburgh State earned the ECAC West's automatic berth with a 4-2 win Sunday over Elmira in that league's post-season championship game.

St. Norbert is only the second private-school NCHA member to advance to the NCAA Tournament. Adrian College advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2011.

Plattsburgh State is making its ninth NCAA Tournament appearance (2004-10, 2012), and is 11-7 all-time in the tournament. The Cardinals have made six Frozen Four appearances and won NCAA titles in 2007 and 2008.

Other quarterfinal matchups this weekend include Middlebury at Norwich, Elmira at Bowdoin and UW-River Falls at Gustavus Adolphus. The quarterfinal winners advance to the the women's Frozen Four on March 15-16 at UW-Superior's Wessman Arena.