St. Norbert Blanks Saints in Commanding Performance

From Sports Information Director, February 7, 2014 | Men's Hockey
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DULUTH, Minn. - St. Norbert College moved into sole possession of first place in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association with a 3-0 win over College of St. Scholastica in the first game of a two-game series at Mars Lakeview Arena.

The No. 1-ranked Green Knights (18-3-1, 13-2 NCHA) inched into first place in the NCHA with three games remaining following their win plus Adrian College's 2-2 tie with Lawrence University. St. Norbert holds a one-point lead on Adrian, and holds the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Bulldogs.

St. Norbert opened the scoring with a Joe Perry goal at the 13:21 mark of the first period. The marker was Perry's 14th of the season, and Patrick McCadden assisted.

The Green Knights went on a five-minute power play early in the second period but didn't score. St. Norbert did increase its lead later in the stanza on Michael Hill's power-play goal at 13:41, with George Malliaras and Joe Perry assisting.

St. Norbert salted the game away in the third period, with Tyler Zepeda scoring for the seventh time this season on a power-play goal at 8:07. Mason Baptista recorded his 20th assist of the season, and Hill also added a helper.

David Jacobson turned away 15 shots to record his fourth shutout of the season and the 14th of his career. St. Norbert outshot the Saints 37-15. Tyler Bruggeman made 34 saves for St. Scholastica. The Green Knights were 2-for-4 on the power play, while the Saints were 0-for-2.