Although the NCHA was the only conference in action, there was plenty of other hockey this weekend in the MCHA/MIAC/NCHA conferences. In the NCHA, St. Scholastica did something apparently only it can do at St. Norbert, while Wis.-Eau Claire did something everyone else had been trying to do against Wis.-River Falls.
St. Scholastica did it again. It stopped St. Norbert’s home unbeaten streak Friday with a 3-2 win. The last time St. Norbert lost at home was 27 games ago on December 4, 2009, when St. Scholastica won in overtime at Cornerstone Community Center. Brett Corcorcan, Jeremy Dawes, and Joel Langevin scored for St. Scholastica. Chris Rial and Johan Ryd scored for St. Norbert.
St. Norbert had to rally to defeat St. Scholastica on Saturday. St. Scholastica had a 3-1 lead in the second, but St. Norbert used five goals in the last half of the game to avoid its first home series sweep since the 2000-2001 season.
Cullen Bradshaw had a goal and an assist, while Alain Joanette provided the game-winning goal for St. Norbert.
Also in the NCHA
Wisconsin-Eau Claire handed Wisconsin-River Falls its first loss of the season with a 5-2 victory on Friday. Wis.-Eau Claire used a balanced and aggressive offensive attack, as it outshot Wis.-River Falls 42-23. Jared Williams had a goal and an assist, while Kurt Weston added two assists for Wis.-Eau Claire.
Wis.-River Falls stormed back on Saturday with a decisive 6-1 victory over Wis.-Eau Claire. Geoff Shewmake led the charge with two goals.
Wisconsin-Steven Point swept Wisconsin-Stout over the weekend. Wis.-Steven Point cruised to a 4-1 road win against Wis.-Stout on Friday. Chad Boeckman, Luke Nesper, Dylan Wizner, and Scott Henegar scored for Wis.-Stevens Point. On Saturday, Kyle Heck scored the hat trick in Wis.-Stevens Point’s 5-1 victory over Wis.-Stout.
Wisconsin-Superior had to rally in both games against Finlandia this weekend. Tanner Dion scored the game-winning goal on a power play at 16:08 of the third period for Wis.-Superior, as it defeated Finlandia 4-3 Friday. A similar situation occurred on Saturday, as Jeff Forsythe added his own game-winning goal on a power play at 16:16 of the third period for Wis.-Superior in a 3-1 win over Finlandia.
Gustavus picked up a pair of 5-3 wins over the weekend in a trip to Eastern Wisconsin. Zach May had two goals in the victory over Concordia (Wis.) Friday. Adam Smyth exploded for four goals for Gustavus in its win over Lawrence.
Chris Cass scored at 1:42 in overtime as St. Thomas dropped Hamline, 3-2, Friday in a nonconference game. On Saturday, St. Thomas coasted to a 5-3 victory against St. John’s in another nonconference match-up. Matt Lipinski had a goal and two assists for St. Thomas.
St. John’s lost in overtime Friday, 3-2, as Todd Krupa scored for Milwaukee School of Engineering.
Saturday, Milwaukee School of Engineering lost to a hot Bethel team 2-1. Jack Paul and Tyler Sorenson scored for Bethel.
Mike Schaber scored two goals to lead St. Mary’s to a 4-2 victory over Marian.