Hoogenboom's Overtime Goal Lifts Green Knights to Series Sweep

From Sports Information Director, February 8, 2014 | Men's Hockey
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DULUTH, Minn. - Brandon Hoogenboom's goal 1 minute 9 seconds into overtime sent St. Norbert College to a pulsating 2-1 win over College of St. Scholastica, giving the Green Knights a Northern Collegiate Hockey Association series sweep at Mars Lakeview Arena.

The Green Knights (19-3-1, 14-2 NCHA), ranked No. 1 in the USCHO.com and D3hockey.com Division III polls, kept their one-point lead for first place on Adrian College with two games (four points) remaining. St. Norbert hosts ninth-place Northland College next weekend, while Adrian hosts surging Lake Forest College, now in third place.

St. Norbert, which won Friday's game 3-0, took the lead when Hoogenboom scored off a long pass from Sam Higgins at 11:05 of the first period. Zach McDonald also assisted on the goal. The Green Knights outshot the Saints 13-2 in the first 20 minutes.

St. Scholastica (12-7-4, 9-4-3) stunted the momentum in the second period with the shots even at 7-7, but neither team scored. The Saints then knotted the game at 1-1 on Keegan Bruce's goal at 1:26 of the third period, coming just nine seconds after a St. Norbert power play expired.

Midway through the third period, the Saints thought they had taken the lead on a Brandon Nowakowski drive, but the goal light never went on and the officials ruled no goal.

St. Norbert then registered the win when Hoogenboom collected a loose puck and beat St. Scholastica goaltender Tyler Bruggeman for the game-winning goal, with Chris Rial and Pijus Rulevicius assisting. It was St. Norbert's second road overtime win this season, and only the seventh in school history.

St. Norbert outshot the Saints 31-17, with Bruggeman keeping the host in the game with 29 saves. David Jacobson made 16 saves to improve to 16-1-1 on the season for the Green Knights. St. Norbert was 0-for-3 on the power play, while St. Scholastica was 0-for-2.