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Green Knights Win NCHA Quarterfinal Series

From Sports Information Director, February 21, 2015 | Men's Hockey
by Dan Lukes,, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College clinched a Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Harris Cup Playoffs quarterfinal series sweep with a 6-0 win over Lawrence University at Cornerstone Community Center.

The Green Knights (19-5-2) will host either Lake Forest College or Milwaukee School of Engineering at 7 p.m. Saturday in a NCHA semifinal on Feb. 28. Lawrence's season ends 7-19-1.

St. Norbert wasted little time in locking up the game, taking a 3-0 lead in the first period. Blake Thompson converted a power-play goal at 8:11, followed by a Michael Hill goal at 10:08. Marian Fiala then scored at 13:59 for a 3-0 lead.

Hill scored a power-play goal at 7:50 of the second period, and Tyler Zepeda converted a 5-on-3 power-play goal at 14:38 for a 5-0 edge.

Hill scored at 15:30 of the third period for the game's final goal. Hill, who also had an assist, pushed his season total to 20 goals with the hat trick.

Mason Baptista had three assists, while Zepeda also had a helper for a two-point game.

St. Norbert outshot Lawrence 41-23. Tony Kujava made 23 saves to become only the ninth goaltender in Division III history and fifth in St. Norbert history to post three consecutive shutouts (Kyle Jones three times, David Jacobson once). Mattias Soderqvist made 35 stops for the Vikings.

St. Norbert was 3-for-11 on the power play, while Lawrence was 0-for-4.

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