LEWISTON — It will be an all-Wisconsin NCAA Division III men’s hockey championship game.
St. Norbert College of De Pere, Wis., and Wisconsin-Stevens Point advanced to Saturday’s 7 p.m. title game with gritty semifinal victories Friday at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.
The Green Knights will be playing in their seventh final, having won three, the last in 2012. Wisconsin-Stevens Point is making its fifth appearance, its first since winning the title in 1998.
Wisconsin-Stevens Point advanced with a 2-1 victory over perennial contender Oswego State despite getting outshot, 46-31. Goalie Brandon Jaeger was spectacular at times, always steady, and Joe Kalisz scored the winning goal late in the second period.
Oswego, with 19 freshmen, got the first goal, by Shawn Hulshof midway through the first period. But the Pointers, spurred by Jaeger’s goaltending, came back to tie it with a minute left in the first on a goal by Kyle Sharkey.
Then, late in the second, the Pointers got a power play and Kalisz ripped a hard shot from the top of the left circle that found the far corner past Oswego goalie Matt Zawadzki and it was 2-1.
While the Lakers pressed throughout the third, they couldn’t beat Jaeger, who finished with 45 saves. Nor could they pull Zawadzki until 36 seconds remained.
St. Norbert won the opener, beating SUNY-Geneseo 6-2 as Michael Hill and Joe Perry each scored two goals.
St. Norbert led 2-0 early in the second period before Geneseo came back to tie the game on goals by Cam Hampson and Justin Scharfe, on the power play, just 3:12 apart.
But Hill lifted the Green Knights back into the lead, scoring twice in the final 2:31 of the second period.
His first came on a four-on-four situation, stuffing the puck behind Geneseo goalie Nick Horrigan after it deflected past him. Then he scored again with 1:07 left in the second, skating down the right wing and around the net, wrapping the puck inside the left post. St. Norbert controlled most of the second period, outshooting Geneseo 17-4 after the Knights had tied the game.
Perry scored his second goal with just 3:12 remaining, and Tyler Zepeda got an empty-net goal with 1:21 left.
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