Men's Hockey Suffers 7-0 Setback at NCHA Rival St. Norbert

Connor Armour in action against the St. Norbert Green Knights. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Connor Armour in action against the St. Norbert Green Knights. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

DE PERE, Wis.--Host St. Norbert broke open a close game with five goals in the third period to defeat visiting Adrian, 7-0, in Northern Collegiate Hockey Association men's action on Friday evening.

THE BASICS
= Final Score: St. Norbert College 7, Adrian College 0

= Location: Cornerstone Center; De Pere, Wis.

= Records: St. Norbert Green Knights 13-4-3 overall (9-3-1 NCHA North Division); Adrian Bulldogs 13-6-1 overall (8-4-1 NCHA South Division)

= National Rankings: Adrian--#7 in United States College Hockey Online; SNC--#6 by USCHO.com

TOP 'DAWGS
= Sophomore goalie Nikita Babintsev lost for the first time in four decisions, making a career-high 31 saves.

THE OPPOSITION
= Kurt Black led all scorers with four points on two goals and two assists.

= Peyton Frantti (1 assist) and Timmy Nicksic also scored two goals each.

= T.J. Black made 22 saves to get the shutout.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= St. Norbert outshot Adrian 39-22 and went 2-for-5 on the power play while also scoring shorthanded.

= The Green Knights clung to a 2-0 lead at the start of the third period, but iced the win with five goals over the last 20 minutes.

= Black gave SNC all the offense it would need with a tally at the 10:57 mark of the first period. 

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= The Green Knights avenge a 4-3 overtime loss in Adrian on Nov. 10, when the Bulldogs rallied from three goals down for the victory.

= SNC leads the all-time series, 11-8.

= Tonight was the first time in the last five meetings that the teams didn't play to an overtime period.

UP NEXT
= Adrian is at Finlandia (Saturday, 3:15 p.m.) for another key NCHA matchup.

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