St. Norbert hockey wins 17th straight in wild fashion

By Murray Gleffe

ASHWAUBENON – If you like high octane attack then this Northern Collegiate Hockey Association game was for you.

St. Norbert College and Trine University teamed up for 15 goals in the Green Knights’ 10-5 win on January 29 at the Cornerstone Community Ice Center.

“We did a great job of removing the seams and shooting lanes,” said St. Norbert assistant coach Andy Brandt. “You never want to give up five, but we are happy with what we did in attack tonight. At the end of the day, we walked away with six points over the weekend.

The Green Knights also defeated Trine the night before, 5-3.

Peter Bates and Ben Schmidling each scored a hat-trick for St. Norbert, who won 17 straight wins, dating back to a 4-1 loss to Augsburg on 6 November.

Liam Fraser and Peyton Frantti had four and two assists respectively.

Johnny Roberts made 24 saves on the net for the Green Knights.

Tyler Fox first scored for Trine (14-7 total, 8-6 NCHA) about a minute into the game.

St. Norbert (18-3, 14-0) countered with goals from Bates and Carter Hottmann for a 2-1 lead.

With about six minutes left in the first period, the Thunder equalized 2-2 when Drew Welsch tickled the net after a nice feed from Garrett Hallford.

As crazy as the first period with goals was, the second period became 20 minutes of chaotic and chaotic lamp lighting.

Seven goals were scored in total, with a succession of three goals in 27 seconds of time on the ice.

“I was writing notes and didn’t see any,” Brandt said of quick goals. “I was trying to figure it out, and the next thing you know, the horn was blaring.”

Bates secured third of the night with 11:53 left in the center room for a 5-3 lead.

On numerous occasions, the announcer at the public speech had a difficult time getting the goal across to those in attendance due to the rapid scoring pace.

The Green Knights eventually took a 7-4 lead in the last period.

A minute and 12 seconds after the third, Schmidling added his third of the night on power play to an 8-4 lead.

“We were whizzing on the pucks during the power play,” Brandt said. “Ben (Schmidling) scored all of his goals with paint. He came to those difficult areas and made sure to undress when he had the opportunity. (Michael McChesney) and (Brock Baker) had a lot of confidence and produced for us in many ways in those shifts. “

Baker and Frantti scored late goals for St. Norbert, who remained tied in the NCHA record with Adrian College, the country’s number 1 Division III team.

After hosting the Milwaukee School of Engineering in the first of a home and away series from February 4-5, the Green Knights travel to Adrian (20-1, 14-0) February 11-12.

“Every line was good tonight,” Brandt said. “We always say it’s a long season at the start, but now we’re there, and it went by quickly. We have four conference games remaining. This is a good team (MSOE) crossing the threshold. We have to be prepared. “

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