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St. Norbert men's hockey returns with Division III title

The St. Norbert men's hockey team returned to Austin Straubel Airport this afternoon with the Division III National Championship.

GREEN BAY - The St. Norbert men's hockey team returned to Austin Straubel Airport this afternoon with the Division III National Championship.

"They're in rare air for sure, well deserved," head coach Tim Coghlin said,

The Green Knights held off Salve Regina in Saturday's title game to finish 2018 as the nation's best.

"I've been holding onto her (trophy) tight not wanting to let her go," senior captain Tanner Froese said. "A lot of the seniors have been getting their share."

This year's trophy goes by the name of "Adrian" because after their recent Frozen Four heartbreak, which included two straight empty trips, this St. Norbert team finally did it.

"I came to St. Norbert because this was the expectation," Froese said. "It was basically just a matter of time for me, I'm surprised it took me this long."

"Tyler Andrews was the first one I turned and saw, we were like what do we do?," junior forward Brad Pung said. "Just threw our stuff as high as we could."

In a season of gutsy performances, from forward Tanner Froese to goaltender T.J. Black, on Saturday, it was Brad Pung breaking a 2-2 tie in double overtime. With all things, a likely broken finger.

"There was no doubt in my mind I was playing in that game," Pung said. "Everyone dreams of playing in a national championship game, I wasn't going to let a hurt finger get in the way of that."

Fresh off their 737 airplane, the Green Knights are back in the "New York Groove." Saturday's thrilling win was their fifth crown in 11 years, three of those championships have been won at Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid.

"A lot of great memories going in this time because 10 years ago in 2008 was out first national championship, so a very fitting ending," Coghlin said.

Having just lifted their championship trophy, it'll be a few more days before St. Norbert is ready to put this season on ice.



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