St. Norbert College men’s hockey played their first game since the December 7 break, and picked up where they left off with a 12-2 win over St. Mary’s University. The fifth ranked St. Norbert College Green Knights (11-2-1) outshot the St. Mary’s University Cardinals 37-24, scoring one goal almost every three shots.
The game took awhile to explode, with the first period only seeing one lone goal from the Green Knights. Cullen Bradshaw lit the lamp at the 10:51 mark, giving St. Norbert the lead 1-0.
St. Mary’s tied the game up 11 seconds into the second period, with a goal from Mike Hill. For the rest of the period, St. Norbert dominated scoring seven times.
Cody Keefer scored his first of two goals at the 1:41 mark, making the game 2-1. Joe Perry scored again at the 5:07 mark. Bradshaw scored four minutes later to make the game 3-1, with Mason Baptista making it 4-1 at the 15:33 mark.
Erik Cooper scored on a powerplay at the 16:44 mark, and Bradshaw got his hat-trick at the 18:18 mark to make the game 6-1. Patrick McCadden hit one last goal, in the second period, at the 19:39 mark to make the game 8-1.
The third period saw a similar scoring pattern when compared to the second period. St. Mary’s scored first, at the 3:39 mark through Mike Hill, bringing the game to 8-2. Kyle Stroh added to the Green Knight goal tally at the 12:03 mark, and Bradshaw scored his fourth goal at the 13:29 mark to make the game 10-2.
Patrick McCadden and Cody Keefer scored their second goals of the game at the 14:10 and 19:57 marks, respectively, to end the game 12-2.
This offensive overload from St. Norbert is the best winning margin in over a decade. It also marks the first time they have scored double-digits since 2005.
The Green Knights next take on the St. Olaf Oles at home, this Saturday night.