March 12, 2011

Pipers fall in NCAA quarterfinals to St. Norbert

Beau Christian (Jr., Moorhead, Minn.) was tested in the first period and stood strong, turning back 14 strong St. Norbert shots, including at least one in a scramble at the crease as the buzzer sounded to end the period.

Hamline had eight shots on goal in the opening frame.

St. Norbert took the 1-0 lead at 5:15 in the second as Joe Perry scored on a second-chance shot. That would be the only goal of the period as a minute later Christian held the score at 1-0 with a save on a Green Knight breakaway.

At 10:08 in the second, Kyle Mattson (Sr., Maple Grove, Minn.) came sliding down through the left circle and clanged the puck off the crossbar for the closest Piper scoring opportunity of the period. Shortly thereafter, he was called for hooking in the slot, and Hamline was sent into their second penalty kill of the game.

With four seconds left in the penalty kill, Christian snagged a glove save on a shot from the top of the right circle and kept Hamline within a goal.

The score remained 1-0 at the end of the second, and St. Norbert out-shot the Pipers 13-5 in the period.

After the close opening 40 minutes, however, the Knights were able to break things open in the third period for the shutout win.

Hamline opened the third period having to kill off 82 seconds remaining on a carry-over penalty, and did so. But the Green Knights did take advantage of a later power play, though, and scored their second goal of the game at 11:34 from Seth Soley.

At 12:04, Hamline drew a five-minute major as a Knight was called for a contact to the head penalty. However, with 3:04 remaining in the penalty, the Pipers took a penalty, leaving the teams to skate 4-on-4 until a minute remained in the game.

St. Norbert’s Nick Tabisz then scored at 15:27 as the teams remained at 4-on-4, going up 3-0 with 4:33 remaining on the clock.

The Pipers pulled Christian with 3:59 remaining in the game, just seconds before their minor penalty expired. This gave Hamline a 6-on-4 skater advantage for nearly a minute. With six seconds remaining in the Knight penalty, at 17:02, the hosts scored a short-handed empty-netter for a 4-0 lead. Scott Pulak tallied the goal.

Christian recorded 30 saves in the game as St. Norbert out-shot Hamline, 34-21. 

Hamline's season ends with an overall record of 17-7-5 while St. Norbert is now 23-4-1. The Knights advance to the NCAA Final Four at Ridder Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota on March 25th and 26th.