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This weekend's St. Norbert hockey preview

6:51 PM, Feb. 7, 2013  |  Comments
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Today: No. 6 St. Norbert College (17-5-1, 11-4-1 NCHA) at UW-Stout (10-11-2, 5-11), 7:30 p.m. at Dunn County Ice Arena, Menomonie.

Saturday: St. Norbert at UW-Stevens Point (13-9-1, 7-8-1), 7 p.m. at K.B. Willett Arena, Stevens Point.

Webcast: www.snc.edu/athleticshockey (audio only).

Series: St. Norbert split a pair of home games against UW-Stout on Jan. 18-19, while it outscored UW-Stevens Point 11-0 in victories on Oct. 26-27.

Green Knights update: Lost 5-2 against St. Scholastica on Feb. 1 and won 4-1 against UW-Superior in their regular-season home finale on Feb. 2. ? Senior forward Cody Keefer recorded two goals and an assist vs. UW-Superior to end a six-game scoreless stretch. ? St. Norbert will be the No. 2 seed in the NCHA Peters Cup playoffs and could win a share of the regular-season title if it wins its final two games and UW-Eau Claire, which has locked up the No. 1 seed, loses its final two games. ? Senior forward Kyle Stroh is NCAA Division III's fourth-leading scorer with 35 points (17 goals, 18 assists). ? Sophomore goalie David Jacobson (14-5-1) is fourth in the nation with a 1.73 goals-against average. ? Tyler Zepeda is the top-scoring freshman in the NCHA with 21 points (nine goals, 12 assists). ? Despite going 3-for-35 on the power play in its last six games, St. Norbert remains second in DIII at 30.16 percent (38-for-126).

Blue Devils update: Have lost four of five games since winning 4-3 at St. Norbert on Jan. 18. ? Jason Cohen is in a three-way tie as the NCHA's top-scoring defenseman with 17 points (five goals, 12 assists). ? Junior forward Kevin O'Donnell leads the team with 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists). He tallied two first-period goals in UW-Stout's victory over St. Norbert last month. ? Senior goaltender Nick Hopper (9-7-2) ranks third in save percentage (.916) and fourth in goals-against average (2.65) in the NCHA.

Pointers update: Split a pair of home games last weekend, including a 6-3 loss against St. Scholastica on Feb. 2. ? Are 55th out of 60 DIII teams on the penalty kill with a percentage of 77.4. ? Have been outscored 15-0 in last three meetings with St. Norbert, including a 4-0 loss in the Peters Cup championship last year. ? Despite not having a player ranked among the NCHA's top 15 scorers, UW-Stevens Point's average of 3.52 goals per game is tied for 19th in DIII.

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