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Green Knights Run Out of Time Against Trinity at Frozen Four

From Asst. AD/Athletics Communications, March 24, 2017 | Men's Hockey
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

UTICA, N.Y. -- St. Norbert College ran out of time in its comeback attempt against Trinity College in a NCAA Division III Frozen Four semifinal, falling 3-2 at Utica Memorial Auditorium.

The Green Knights (22-6-1), making their 11th Frozen Four appearance, had a pair of late scoring chances turned away by the Bantam (21-6-3), who advanced to the national championship game.

St. Norbert applied heavy offensive pressure in the final five minutes, but couldn't get the game-tying goal. A Dominick Sacco shot went just wide, and a Blake Thompson blast was gloved by Trinity goaltender Alex Morin behind his own body.

The Green Knights had 1 minute 38 seconds of extra-attacker time but couldn't solve Morin, who made 31 saves -- including all 13 shots he faced in the third period.

St. Norbert scored the first goal at the 13-minute mark of the first period when the Green Knights scooped up a Bantam turnover in the neutral zone. Jeremy Olinyk skated up the right slot and beat Trinity goaltender Alex Morin cleanly for his seventh goal of the season. Luke Karakas and Ross Pavek assisted.

The Bantams would wrest the momentum back moments later after St. Norbert's Tyler Andrews was cited for an interference infraction. Trinity got excellent puck movement on its power-play chance and it was finished by an Anthony Sabitsky score at 14:25.

Trinity pushed out to a 2-1 lead at 1:27 of the second period when Ethan Holdaway beat the Green Knights' defense. St. Norbert would tie the game at 9:12 on a Pijus Rulevicius power-play goal off helpers from Sacco and Thompson. St. Norbert would take a pair of penalties moments later but would kill off both Bantam power-play chances.

The Bantams took a 3-2 lead into the second intermission when a turnover in the St. Norbert defensive zone ended up on the stick of Samuel Johnson, whose slapshot touched twine at the 18:26 mark.

Trinity outshot St. Norbert 37-33, including 16-8 in the first period. The Green Knights' T.J. Black made 34 saves.

St. Norbert was 1-for-1 on the power play, while Trinity was 1-for-3.