LAKE PLACID, NY – Bismarck Bobcats alumnus Cody Keefer will be a key figure this weekend as his St. Norbert Green Knights head to Lake Placid, NY, in search of their second national title in three years at the NCAA Division III Frozen Four.
Keefer, who scored 28 goals with 26 assists as part of the Bobcats’ 2008-09 Central Division championship run, is the Green Knights’ top scoring freshman with 12 goals and 12 assists (fifth overall on the team) during St. Norbert’s 23-3-3 2009-10 campaign.
St. Norbert, who won the D-III national title in 2008 and has played in three of the last six national finals, will take on the highly touted Oswego Lakers at Herb Brooks Arena Friday at 3:00 PM Central Time.
The Green Knights finished the season as the top-rated team in D-III’s West Region while the Lakers wound up ranked #2 in the East Region. St. Norbert reached the Frozen Four thanks to a 3-1 win over Gustavus Adolphus on March 13th.
Keefer was also the top-scoring freshman in the highly competitive NCHA—tied for 14th among all NCHA scorers. The Big Rapids, Mich., native credits the Bobcat Hockey program with getting him ready to step right into a productive role with the Green Knights.
“Making the jump to college is always tough on any freshman,” said Keefer, “but Coach [Byron] Pool’s on-ice coaching and the Bobcats’ training program with Mike [Salwei] at Healthways has all had me a step ahead when I got [to De Pere].”
The other side of the D-III Frozen Four will feature a matchup of Norwich and Plattsburgh State at 6:30 PM. The winners of each semifinal advance to Saturday’s 4:00 PM final.
Friday’s St. Norbert-Oswego national semifinal will be broadcast live on Fasthockey.com.
As for the Bobcats, the Central Division champs will wrap up their regular season away schedule next Saturday when they open a two-game series in Mason City, Iowa, against the North Iowa Outlaws with the first of two 7:30 PM contests against their archrivals at North Iowa Ice Arena.
Saturday’s game will be broadcast locally on the radio home of Bobcat Hockey, Super Talk 1270, KLXX-AM, and worldwide at BismarckBobcats.com via B2 Networks. The pre-game show starts at 7:00 PM.
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