St. Norbert Opens Second Half With Win Over St. Thomas

From Sports Information Director, January 4, 2014 | Men's Hockey
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College opened the second half of the regular season with an impressive 5-3 win over the University of St. Thomas in a non-conference game between a pair of nationally ranked teams at the Cornerstone Community Center.

The Green Knights (11-2), ranked No. 4 in the USCHO.com Division III Poll, trailed 2-1 in the first period before scoring three of the game's last four goals. St. Thomas, ranked No. 6 by USCHO.com, dropped to 8-2-2.

St. Norbert grabbed the early lead on a Cullen Bradshaw goal at 5:05 of the first period with Tyler Zepeda assisting. St. Thomas scored the next two goals when Alex Niestrom and Michael Krieg scored at 6:35 and 12:04, respectively, with Kreig's marker coming on the power play.

Michael Hill knotted the game at 2-2 with a power-play goal at 18:35 of the first period, with Erik Cooper assisting.

St. Norbert dominated the second period, outshooting the Tommies 8-1 en route to grabbing a two-goal lead. Bradshaw scored his eighth goal of the season at 9:54, with Cooper and Blake Thompson assisting. Joe Perry put the Green Knights ahead 4-2 at 16:58.

Perry scored again with a power-play marker for his ninth of the season at 1:28 of the third period, with Zepeda assisting. Krieg scored with 5:15 remaining for the game's final goal.

Zepeda finished with three assists, while Cooper totaled two helpers.

St. Norbert outshot St. Thomas 35-16. The Green Knights were 2-for-5 on the power play, while the Tommies were 1-for-5. David Jacobson made 13 saves for the Green Knights, while Drew Fielding made 30 stops for St. Thomas.