Offense Rolls as St. Norbert Drops Bethel

From Sports Information Director, November 6, 2009 | Men's Hockey
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

GREEN BAY - St. Norbert College continued its hot start to the 2009-10 hockey season with an 8-2 win over Bethel University in a non-conference game at the Cornerstone Community Center.

The Green Knights (4-0) put up seven goals in the first two periods on the Royals (0-3). St. Norbert has scored 22 goals in its first four games, an average of 5.5 per game.

Bethel did draw first blood scoring off a neutral zone turnover 3 minutes 48 seconds into the game on a Christian Fogerty score. St. Norbert did not waste much time in taking the lead. Alain Joanette scored for the second time this season at 6:#4, while Cody Keefer then put St. Norbert ahead at 9:53. Brandon Longley's power-play goal at 14:13 of the first gave the Green Knights a 3-1 lead.

Keefer then scored three goals in the second period, giving him a total of six on the season, and was the first player to score a hat trick in a period in the Cornerstone Community Center in nearly nine years.

Shane Wheeler had one goal in each of the last two periods to give him a total of five on the season, with his nine points trailing Keefer's team-high 10.

Matt Boyd had three assists, while Jason Nopper and Sam Tikka each had two assists.

B.J. O'Brien picked up the win for St. Norbert, making eight saves in the first two periods. Blake Bashor made 11 saves in the third period for the Green Knights. Michael Sperl made his first collegiate start for Bethel, and made 20 saves in 29:57 of work and allowed six goals.

St. Norbert outshot Bethel 45-21. The Green Knights were 2-for-7 on the power play, while Bethel was 1-for-8.