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Power Play Lifts St. Norbert Over Trine

From Asst. AD/Athletics Communications, January 26, 2019 | Men's Hockey
by Dan Lukes,, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College scored all three of its goals on special teams as the Green Knights claimed a 3-2 win over Trine University in a Northern Collegiate Hockey Association game at Cornerstone Community Center.

The Green Knights (14-4-3, 10-3-1 NCHA) moved into sole possession of first place overall in the NCHA in conjunction with Lake Forest College's 2-1 overtime loss to Concordia University Wisconsin. St. Norbert leads Lake Forest and Adrian College by two points in the race for the No. 1 overall seeding in the NCHA Harris Cup Playoffs with four games remaining.

St. Norbert's white-hot power play, which has operated at a 46.2 percent (12-for-26) clip during its current five-game winning streak, converted a pair of 5-on-3 power-play opportunities.

Keegan Milligan finished off the first 5-on-3 opportunity at the 7:32 mark of the first period. Trine would answer with a power-play goal of its own on an Alex Johanson score at 10:43. The Green Knights quickly responded with a power-play goal, with Peter Bates finishing off a slick passing combination from Dominick Sacco and Luke Davison just 41 seconds later.

The 2-1 lead would hold up until the third period, when St. Norbert finished off its second 5-on-3 power-play goal when Peyton Frantti scored at 5:29. Trine would cut into the lead when Michael Meisenbacher scored on a rebound off a breakaway as a St. Norbert power-play expired at 5:29.

Trine would have just over a minute of 5-on-3 power play time midway through the third period but wouldn't score. The Thunder would also have 1 minute 39 seconds of extra-attacker time at the end of the third period but didn't get an equalizer.

Bates had an assist for a two-point game, while Sacco finished with two assists.

The Thunder outshot St. Norbert 31-29, including 26-16 in the last two periods. T.J. Black made 26 saves for the Green Knights, while Brett Young turned away 26 saves for Trine.

St. Norbert finished 3-for-8 on the power play, while Trine was 1-for-6.

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