College Hockey - St. Norbert wins #1 vs. #2 showdown with UW-Eau Claire

College Hockey - St. Norbert wins #1 vs. #2 showdown with UW-Eau Claire

Green Knights stay unbeaten with 5-2 victory
DE PERE (St. Norbert Athletics) - St. Norbert College scored four goals in the decisive second period en route to a 5-2 win over UW-Eau Claire in a non-conference battle between the top two ranked teams in NCAA Division III polling.

The Green Knights (7-0) remained unbeaten, while UW-Eau Claire, the defending national champion, dropped to 4-1. The Blugolds entered the game ranked No. 1 in the U.S. College Hockey Online Division III poll, while St. Norbert was ranked No. 2. The win at the Cornerstone Community Center was the second for St. Norbert over the USCHO.com No. 1-ranked team, the other coming in a 4-1 win over Norwich University in the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA Division III Frozen Four.

Neither team scored in a free-flowing first period that lasted just 27 minutes. Eau Claire had two power plays in the first period and St. Norbert had one, but both teams came up empty.

St. Norbert took the lead at the 2:56 mark of the second period, when Pijus Rulevicius scored just as an Eau Claire penalty expired. The lead held up until St. Norbert extended it with a Michael Hill goal at 10:11. George Malliaras had a breakaway and was stopped, but Hill finished the rebound for a 2-0 edge.

Eau Claire scored at 13:25 when Jon Waggoner slipped one into the net just as a Green Knights' penalty was expiring. St. Norbert responded quickly, scoring 45 seconds later on an Erik Cooper goal at 14:10. Brandon Hoogenboom put the Green Knights ahead 4-1 when he forced a turnover and finished with 48 seconds left in the period.

The Blugolds cut the deficit to 4-2 at the 11:48 mark of the third period on a Waggoner goal that snuck just inside the post. St. Norbert salted the game away at 13:20 on a 5-on-3 power-play goal by Mason Baptista.

St. Norbert outshot Eau Claire 32-17. The Green Knights were 1-for-5 on the power play, while the Blugolds were 0-for-6. David Jacobson made 15 saves for St. Norbert, while Tyler Green made 27 stops for Eau Claire.
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