Second Period Seals Green Knights' Fate

From Sports Information Director, December 1, 2012 | Women's Hockey
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

EAU CLAIRE - St. Norbert College allowed four goals to UW-Eau Claire in the second period, and that was enough to prove the difference as the Green Knights dropped a 4-3 decision to the Blugolds in a Northern Collegiate Hockey Association game at Hobbs Ice Center.

The Green Knights (3-2-2, 2-2-1 NCHA) led 2-0. St. Norbert led 1-0 after the first period - a frame where it outshot Eau Claire 17-3 - following Kelley Ritchie's first goal of the season at 14:25. The Green Knights pushed ahead by two goals when Zoe Kurth netted her second marker of the year at 4:35 of the second period.

Eau Claire (2-5-2, 2-3-2) answered in the final 10-plus minutes of the second period to take control. Emily Larson scored at 9:37, followed by Emily Haluska's score at 11:57 to tie the game. Sam Knutson scored at 13:45 to put the Blugolds ahead 3-2, and Hadley Cookson scored at 18:26 for the eventual game-winning goal.

Laurel Hill's power-play goal with 1 second remaining in the game was the Green Knights' only third-period goal.

St. Norbert outshot Eau Claire 34-23, but the Blugolds held the upper hand in the second period 13-6. St. Norbert was 1-for-4 on the power play, while Eau Claire was 0-for-4.

Katie Aluia made 12 saves in the first 40 minutes for the Green Knights, while Kaley Gibson stopped all seven shots she faced in the third period. Paige Turner made 31 saves for Eau Claire.