Men's Ice Hockey: Cadets Claim Third National Title With 2-1 Double Overtime Victory Over St. Norbert
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Freshman F Pier-Oliver Cotnoir netted the game-winning goal late in the second overtime period to lift the No. 1-ranked Norwich University men’s ice hockey team to a 2-1 victory over third-ranked St. Norbert College in the 2010 NCAA Division III National Championship game Saturday afternoon at Herb Brooks Arena.
Cotnoir scored the goal, his 13th of the season, with just 31 seconds to play in the second overtime to help the Cadets (26-1-4) win their third Division III national championships. The championship is a fitting conclusion to the program’s 100th season of hockey. The Cadets’ previous national titles came in 2000 and 2003.
Norwich held a whopping 72-34 edge in shots for the game, but the Cadets were only able to get two of them past St. Norbert goaltender B.J. O’Brien, who stood on his head throughout the contest. The Cadets peppered O’Brien with 35 shots in the extra sessions, but they were not able to tally the game-winning marker until the final minute of the second overtime.
Norwich senior G Ryan Klingensmith stopped 33 of the 34 shots that he faced to pick up the victory between the pipes for the Cadets.
Norwich jumped on top at 11:30 of the first period when junior F Chad Anderson scored a power play goal. The marker, which was Anderson’s 13th of the season, was assisted by Cotnoir and sophomore F Emmond Bell.
St. Norbert (24-3-3) tallied the equalizer at 9:36 of the second period when Sam Tikka potted an even strength goal off an assist from Matt Boyd.
Both goaltenders took over during the third period and into the overtime frames.
The Cadets had to kill off a penalty late in the second overtime to extend the game, and they scored the game-winning goal less than five minutes after the St. Norbert power play expired.
Norwich went 1-for-4 on the power play, while St Norbert went scoreless in six opportunities on the man-advantage.
The Cadets broke St. Norbert's nation-best 13-game unbeaten streak ... Ryan Klingensmith, Chad Anderson, Pier-Oliver Cotnoir and Steve Coon were named to the all tournament team ... it marked the fifth time in NCAA history that the championship game has gone into overtime ... longest game in NCAA Division III men's ice hockey tournament history at 99 minutes and 29 seconds ... Norwich's 72 shots were the most by a team in the NCAA championship ... Norwich scored the winning goal in the 100th minute of the 100th year of Norwich Hockey.