September 1, 2014

St. Norbert opens NCAA Division 3 hockey playoffs on Wednesday

The St. Norbert College Green Knight men’s hockey team earned the top seeding in the WEst Region of the NCAA Division III Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament for the tenth time in 11 years will still play a first-round game Wednesday against the University of St. Thomas.

The Green Knights and Tommies will face off at 7pm Wednesday at the Cornerstone Community Center.  The St. Norbert-St. Thomas winner will face either Gustavus Adolphus College (16-6-5) or the Milwaukee School of Engineering )22-6-1) in a national quarterfinal on Saturday.  The winner of Saturday’s quarterfinal will advance to the NCAA Division III Frozen Four on March 16-17 at Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, New York.

The Green Knights (17-5-5) won the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season and Peters Cup championships.  St. Norbert is 10-1-1 in its last 12 games, and won the Peters Cup championship on Saturday with a 4-0 win over UW-Stevens Point.  The Green Knights are 10-2-1 at the Cornerstone Community Center this season.

This is St. Norbert’s 13th tournament appearance.  The Green Knights are 18-10-1 all-time in the NCAA tournament and won the 2008 and 2011 national championships. 

The Tommies are making their 15th NCAA Division III Tournament appearance, and are 9-17-4 all-time in the tournament.  St. Thomas finished as national runner-up in 2000 and 2005.