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St. Norbert Reaches 20-Win Plateau With Win at MSOE

From Sports Information Director, February 18, 2016 | Men's Hockey
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

MILWAUKEE -- St. Norbert College kept its hopes for the outright Peters Cup championship alive in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association with a 4-1 win over Milwaukee School of Engineering at Kern Center.

The Green Knights (20-2-2, 16-2-1 NCHA) have one regular-season game remaining, hosting MSOE on Friday in De Pere. In order to capture the No. 1 seeding for the Harris Cup Playoffs, St. Norbert must win Friday and hope Adrian College drops a point in its two-game series this weekend at College of St. Scholastica.

St. Norbert also clinched its 18th 20-win season in the last 20 years with the win.

St. Norbert took the early lead when Erik Cooper finished a rebound off a Michael Hill shot just 3 minutes 42 seconds into the game for his 10th goal of the season. It marked the 16th consecutive game Cooper has scored a point, one game shy of the St. Norbert record set by Maris Ziedins in 2001. Cooper has scored at least one point in 23 of 24 games this season.

MSOE had a quality scoring chance about three-quarters into the second period when a pass to a skater far post just missed the tape. St. Norbert increased its lead moments later when Noah Nelson scored for the seventh time this season off an assist from Riley Christensen at 15:44 for a 2-0 edge.

St. Norbert extended its lead at the 3:27 mark of the third period when Christensen beat MSOE goaltender Nick Kohn off a pass to the far post. MSOE got on the board with a goal by Jerad Tafoya at 12:32, but the Green Knights sealed the win with a 5-on-3 power-play goal by Hill with 1:14 remaining. It was Hill's team-high 13th goal of the season.

Hill and Christensen each had an assist to finish with two-point games for the Green Knights.

The Green Knights outshot the Raiders 40-23, including a 29-10 margin in the first two periods. T.J. Black made 22 saves for St. Norbert, while Kohn turned away 36 shots for MSOE.

St. Norbert was 1-for-6 on the power play, while MSOE was 0-for-3.