St. Norbert Wins 11th NCHA Championship in 14 Years, Gets Top Seeding for Peters Cup Playoffs

From Sports Information Director, February 12, 2010 | Men's Hockey
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

GREEN BAY - St. Norbert College wrapped up its 11th Northern Collegiate Hockey Association championship in 14 years with a solid 6-1 rout of UW-Stout at the Cornerstone Community Center.

The Green Knights (18-3-3, 13-2-2 NCHA), who have also won eight NCHA regular-season titles in the last nine years, now receive the No. 1 seeding for the league's Peters Cup Playoffs and also earn a quarterfinal-round bye. Stout, the defending NCHA Peters Cup champion and the pre-season favorite in the league coaches' poll, fell to 9-11-4, 6-7-4.

St. Norbert broke into the scoring column at 14 minutes 10 seconds of the first period when Cody Keefer deflected a Nick Tabisz shot from the point for a power-play goal, with Matt Boyd also assisting. The Green Knights pushed ahead at 16:49 when Shane Wheeler scored unassisted after a Stout turnover in its defensive zone.

The Green Knights got the jump in the second period as well, when Adam Hammerbeck knocked home a loose rebound to the far post at 2:34 for his second goal of the season - both against Stout. Mike Bernardy then hit a knuckling puck from the blueline that went past Stout goaltender Nick Hopper for a 4-0 lead at 7:45.

Stout's Scott Motz scored unassisted at 8:53 of the third period, but St. Norbert would tally the last two goals of the game when Brandon Longley scored at 15:03 and Johan Ryd at 17:02.

St. Norbert held a commanding 46-15 advantage in shots on goal and committed just two penalties. The Green Knights were 1-for-6 on the power play. B.J. O'Brien made 14 saves in 56:37 of work, while Billy Szkodzinski did not see a shot in his first varsity appearance working the last 3:23.

Hopper made 40 saves for Stout, which had six minor penalties and was 0-for-2 on the power play.