By Jackson Gerber, Staff Writer
It was another rough weekend for the Augsburg men’s hockey team. After being swept by St. Thomas, the Auggies traveled to Green Bay, Wis. to take on the top-ranked Green Knights of St. Norbert in a rematch of the past two NCAA D3 Regional Quarterfinals. The number-one team in division three showed why they are at the top of both national rankings as they swept the two-game weekend series.
It was the Auggies who lit the lamp first in game one; senior Nate Flynn scored his team-leading seventh goal just under three minutes into the second period on a power-play goal from seniors Max Pernhem and Evan Hesse. The power-play goal was just the seventh of its kind on 42 opportunities against St. Norbert. The Auggies took a one-goal lead heading into the third period, but the Green Knights scored three unanswered goals to secure the 3-1 victory over the Auggies. Junior goalie Nick Schmit had 32 saves for the Auggies as they were out shot 35-25 on the night.
The second game was all Green Knights as they took care of the Auggies 4-0. St. Norbert scored one in the first period, two in the second and one more in the third en route to the non-conference series sweep. The Auggies out shot the Green Knights 37-36 but couldn’t put one past an excellent St. Norbert goalie.
The Auggies are now 8-4 on the season and have fallen out of the top 10 on their current four-game losing streak. The now number-13 ranked Auggies look to get back on track as they face St. Scholastica this Saturday night at Ed Saugestad Rink.
This article first appeared in the Friday, December 15, 2017, Edition of The Echo.