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Nelson, Phillips Power St. Norbert Past St. Scholastica

From Sports Information Director, February 11, 2017 | Men's Hockey
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College got huge offensive production from Noah Nelson and Steven Phillips as the Green Knights rolled to a 9-2 win over College of St. Scholastica in a Northern Collegiate Hockey Association game at Cornerstone Community Center.

The Green Knights (18-4-1, 14-3-1 NCHA) clinched the title of the NCHA North Division with the win and will have a first-round bye in the NCHA Harris Cup Playoffs.

Nelson finished with two goals and five assists for seven points, with his assist and game totals new St. Norbert records.

Nelson's seven points has only been twice in school history, matching Rob Smillie against Marian on Feb. 13, 1998 and Sean Johnstone against Bethel on Feb. 17, 1990. Nelson's five helpers has only been done one other time, by Smillie against UW-Stevens Point on Jan. 27, 1996.

Phillips recorded his first career hat trick and also had three assists for a six-point game.

Nelson got the scoring started with a goal at 3:58 of the first period. Riley Christensen followed with a goal at the 16-minute mark. Nelson followed with a power-play goal at 17:27, followed by a Sean Campbell score at 19:29. Nelson assisted on the two goals he didn't score in the period for a four-point period and a 4-0 lead after 20 minutes.

The Green Knights kept the offense rolling in the second period when Steven Phillips scored at 1:16. Pijus Rulevicius then registered a goal at 4:17. St. Scholastica's Kale Derkson scored a power-play goal at 6:11, but Phillips answered with a goal at 9:58. Phillips finally scored an unassisted goal at 19:17. for an 8-1 lead after two periods.

Derkson scored a power-play goal at 1:54 of the third period, but Christensen scored his second goal at 5:08 to close out the scoring.

Campbell and Rulevicius added assists to join Nelson, Phillips and Christensen with multi-point games.

St. Norbert outshot St. Scholastica 25-22. T.J. Black made 20 stops for the Green Knights. Peter Megariotis made two saves in the first period for the Fighting Saints, while Zane Steeves made 14 saves in relief.

St. Norbert was 1-for-4 on the power play, while St. Scholastica was 2-for-7.