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Cooper's Late Goal Helps St. Norbert Snap Skid

From Sports Information Director, February 7, 2015 | Men's Hockey
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - Erik Cooper's goal with 2:39 remaining in regulation was the difference in helping St. Norbert College snap a rare four-game losing streak with a 4-3 triumph over the College of St. Scholastica at Cornerstone Community Center.

The Green Knights (15-5-2, 11-4-1 NCHA) ended their longest losing skein since a five-game skid at the end of the 1996-97 season.

The game-winning goal came when a George Malliaras drive from the blue line was redirected by Cooper, and the puck hit just inside the far post and in. It was Cooper's 11th goals of the season and his second of the game.

Cooper's goal was the final goal in a third period that saw St. Norbert perhaps heading for its fifth consecutive game without a win. The Green Knights, now 275-3-4 all-time at home when leading after two periods, carried a 3-1 lead into the final 20 minutes. St. Scholastica (11-9-3, 8-6-2) scored twice early in the period to tie the score at 3-3. Justin Krabben scored at 2:23 and Dave Williams scored at 6:37 to bring the Saints back to even.

St. Norbert had a strong first period, outshooting the Saints 12-2 in taking a 2-0 lead. Cullen Bradshaw scored a goal while on a major power play at 12:52. Marian Fiala's blast from out front with 31 seconds left in the period was also a power-play marker.

Luke Simpson scored for St. Scholastica at 12:08 of the second period to halve its deficit, but Cooper scored shorthanded at 15:18 to bring the lead back to two goals. Mason Baptista's shot was wide of the net, but the puck caromed off the kickplate to a waiting Cooper on the other side of the cage for the score.

Cooper had an assist for a three-point game, while Baptista and Malliaras both had two assists.

St. Norbert outshot the Saints 37-18. Tony Kujava made 15 saves for the Green Knights, while Tyler Bruggeman had 33 saves for the Saints. St. Norbert was 2-for-6 on the power play, while St. Scholastica was 0-for-3.