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Power Play Leads St. Norbert Into NCHA Semifinals

From Asst. AD/Athletics Communications, February 16, 2019 | Men's Hockey
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College banged home seven power-play goals as the Green Knights swept their Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Harris Cup Playoffs quarterfinal series with Finlandia University with a 9-0 rout at Cornerstone Community Center.

The Green Knights (20-4-3) will host Marian University at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 in a semifinal game at Cornerstone Community Center. St. Norbert, which has won its last 11 games, has won 38 straight home games in the NCHA Playoffs. It also marked the 21st 20-win season for the Green Knights in the last 23 years.

St. Norbert didn't waste much time taking control of this one, getting a power-play goal from Peyton Frantti at the 5:10 mark of the first period. Frantti added a 4-on-4 goal at 12:29, followed by a Riley Christensen power-play goal at 14:10. The Green Knights moved ahead 4-0 after one period thanks to Kurt Black's power-play goal at 18:31.

The Green Knights added a pair of goals in the second period. Clay Van Diest scored on a drive from the blue line for a power-play score at 10:31. Frantti collected his hat trick with a goal at 14:05.

St. Norbert spent most of the third period on the power play, as Finlandia was whistled for 10 penalties for 53 minutes in the final 20 minutes. Peter Bates scored on the man advantage at 4:47. Chase Mickelson added a 5-on-3 power-play goal at 17:42, while Timmy Nicksic closed out the scoring with a power-play goal at 18:58.

The Green Knights converted seven out of a whopping 16 power-play chances. It marked just the eighth time in NCAA Division III history a team has scored at least seven power-play goals in one game. St. Norbert shares the NCAA Division III record for power-play goals in a game, potting eight in an 11-1 win over UW-Stevens Point on Jan. 27, 1996.

Six St. Norbert skaters finished with multi-point games. Brendon Gysbers totaled four assists, while Bates added three assists to finish with four points. In addition to Frantti's hat trick, Christensen totaled two helpers for three points. Nicksic added an assist for a two-point night, while Dominick Sacco had two assists for two points.

St. Norbert outshot Finlandia by a 57-12 count. T.J. Black made 10 saves in the first two periods, while Ryan Bontorin made two stops in the third period to finish up. Marcus Gloss made 28 saves in just over 34 minutes for the Lions, while Santeri Seppinnen made 20 saves in relief.

Finlandia finished with 18 penalties for 69 minutes, which included two game misconducts, a 10-minute misconduct and three major penalties. St. Norbert had three minor penalties for six minutes, giving the Lions just one power-play opportunity.

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