St. Norbert Claims Big Win in NCHA Opener at UW-Stout

From Sports Information Director, October 30, 2009 | Men's Hockey
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

MENOMONIE - St. Norbert College picked up a pair of big early-season points with a 2-0 win over pre-season favorite UW-Stout in a Northern Collegiate Hockey Association game at the Dunn County Ice Arena.

The Green Knights (2-0, 1-0 NCHA), ranked No. 11 in the USCHO.com Division III Poll, were picked to finish second in the NCHA pre-season coaches' poll. Stout (0-1, 0-1), ranked third in the USCHO poll, was tabbed to win the NCHA title by the league's coaches.

St. Norbert's Adam Hammerbeck broke a scoreless tie when he scored at the 10 minute 15 second mark of the third period off an assist from Scott Pulak. Hammerbeck, a junior defenseman, registered just his second career goal with the score.

The Green Knights sealed the game with 7 seconds remaining when Shane Wheeler tallied his third goal of the young season on an empty-net score. Matt Boyd and Nick Tabisz had assists.

B.J. O'Brien picked up his third career shutout between the pipes for the Green Knights. O'Brien made 21 saves to improve to 2-0 on the season.

Stout's Nick Hopper started for the Blue Devils and made 24 saves, but left the game at the 37:44 mark due to an apparent injury. Tom Lescovich relieved and allowed just one goal and made 14 saves in 21:25 of action. Stout left the net empty for 51 seconds.

St. Norbert outshot Stout by a commanding 40-21 margin. The Green Knights were 0-for-5 on power plays, while Stout was 0-for-4.