Knights Falter Down the Stretch as Tommies Rally to Win

From Sports Information Director, January 9, 2009 | Men's Hockey
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. - The University of St. Thomas scored a pair of goals in the second half of the third period to rally to a 3-2 win over third-ranked St. Norbert College at St. Thomas Ice Arena.

The non-conference win lifted the Tommies to 5-5-2, while the Green Knights dropped to 12-4.

St. Norbert carried a 2-1 lead into the third period but the Tommies scored at 11:42 of the third on Kelly Kranz's equalizer, his first of the season. Alex Coles' second goal of the year came with 5:09 remaining and was the eventual game-winner. Both markers beat St. Norbert goaltender B.J. O'Brien five-hole.

The Green Knights had strong pressure in the final minute of the game with an extra attacker but couldn't draw even. The loss marked just the third time since 1995 St. Norbert held a lead after two periods and lost the game.

St. Norbert jumped out to a 1-0 lead when A.J. Gale knocked home his 14th goal of the season just three seconds into a power play at 11:53 of the first period.

St. Thomas pulled even at 10:05 of the second on Rob Johnson's tenth goal of the season. Tyler Allen scored for the fifth time this year, scoring at 15:53 for a 2-1 St. Norbert advantage.

But Tommie goaltender Cary Wood, making his first collegiate start, kept St. Norbert off the scoreboard the rest of the way. Wood made 22 saves, including all seven he faced in the third period.

St. Thomas outshot St. Norbert 25-24, with O'Brien making 22 stops for the Green Knights. St. Norbert was 1-for-5 on the power play while the Tommies were 0-for-6.