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Green Knights Throttle Lawrence In NCHA Harris Cup Playoffs Opener

From Asst. AD/Athletics Communications, February 21, 2020 | Men's Hockey
by Dan Lukes,, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College wasted little time taking control of the first game of its Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Harris Cup Playoffs quarterfinal series against Lawrence University, scoring three goals in the first 10 minutes en route to an 8-2 shellacking of the Vikings at Cornerstone Community Center.

The win is St. Norbert's 40th consecutive home win in the NCHA Playoffs, dating back to the start of the 2007 playoffs. The Green Knights (15-9-2) need at least a tie in Saturday's second game to advance to the semifinal round. Lawrence (6-18-2) needs to win the second game as well as win the ensuing 20-minute mini-game to keep its season alive.

St. Norbert built momentum early, with Keegan Milligan finishing from out front just 51 seconds into the game for an early 1-0 lead. Peyton Frantti then potted a rebounded at the 3:23 mark for a two-goal edge. Frantti followed up again with another marker - this one his 13th of the season - at 9:44 and a 3-0 edge. The Green Knights had several other quality scoring chances in the first period, outshooting the Vikings 17-6, but took the 3-0 lead into first intermission.

Brendan Aird put the Green Knights ahead by four goals with a score at 10:26 of the second period. Lawrence's Charles Stewart scored at 16:51, but Kurt Black tucked the puck just under the crossbar for a power-play goal at 19:16 for a 5-1 edge after two periods.

The Green Knights broke the game wide open late in the third period, with Kurt Black scoring at 14:38, followed by Evan Cholak at 15:44 and Black again at 16:56. Lawrence's Tom Yurisich closed out the scoring with a goal at 18:52.

Black's hat trick gives him 21 goals for the season - currently the third-most in Division III. He also added two assists for a career-high five-point game.

Frantti had an assist to finish with three points, while Aird and Milligan had a helper apiece to finish with two-point games. Tim Nicksic and Peter Bates each had two assists for two points.

St. Norbert outshot Lawrence 42-22. Colby Entz finished with 20 saves for the Green Knights. Evan Cline made 29 stops for the Vikings in the first two periods, while Brian Tallieu made five stops in the third period.

St. Norbert was 1-for-5 on the power play, while Lawrence was 0-for-4.

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