St. Norbert Sweeps UW-River Falls to Stay Unbeaten, Claims Wild Tilt 8-3

From Sports Information Director, November 21, 2009 | Men's Hockey
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

RIVER FALLS - St. Norbert College remained unbeaten in 2009-10 with a wild 8-3 win over UW-River Falls in a Northern Collegiate Hockey Association game at Hunt Arena.

St. Norbert, ranked No. 1 in the USCHO.com Division III Poll, is now 8-0-1 on the year and 6-0 in the NCHA. River Falls, ranked sixth in the USCHO.com Poll, fell to 5-3-1, 3-2-1. The Green Knights have a five-point lead on the NCHA one-third of the way through the conference schedule.

River Falls scored first for the second straight night when Andy Inderieden scored at 13:49 of the first. The Green Knights tied it with 2:06 left in the first when Nick Tabisz scored for a 1-1 tie after the period.

The Green Knights then scored twice in the first 43 seconds of the second period for a quick 3-1 lead. Tabisz scored on the power-play 18 seconds into the period, and Shane Wheeler scored 25 seconds later. Dylan Exton scored his first St. Norbert goal at 14:29 of the second for a 4-1 advantage. River Falls would score with 18 seconds left in the second period on a Brady Horn power-play marker for a 4-2 score after two periods.

Brandon Longley put St. Norbert ahead 5-2 3:32 into the third period, but River Falls' Tad Norris answered 1:07 later to bring the Falcons within 5-3. Alain Joanette, Tyler Allen and Wheeler all scored down the stretch for the game's final margin.

Wheeler now has nine goals and eight assists for 17 points this season after a two-point night. Allen added two assists for St. Norbert's lone three-point night. Scott Pulak and Johan Ryd each had two assists for the Green Knights.

B.J. O'Brien made 22 saves for St. Norbert. Bo Storozuk started in goal for River Falls but left after making eight saves in 21:17 of action. Eric Babcook worked the last 38:43 and made 11 stops. St. Norbert was 2-for-9 on the power play, while River Falls was 1-for-4.

The game was marred by 33 penalties for 154 minutes and also featured eight game disqualifications - four each side. St. Norbert's Justin Favreau and River Falls' Jamie Ruff were disqualified with 2:02 left in the second period. With 2:58 left in the game, St. Norbert's Exton, Longley and Dustin Walz were dismissed for fighting, and River Falls' Andrew Harrison, Nolan Craner and Horn were also asked to leave. All eight players will miss their team's next scheduled game due to NCAA disqualification rules.