The St. Cloud Norsemen 2021-22 season came to a close in the North American Hockey League semifinals, falling to the Anchorage Wolverines in two games. The Norsemen dominated game one but lost in overtime, and the Wolverines closed out the series in game two to advance to the league championship.
The Norsemen came into the Robertson Cup as the Central Division playoff champions, also winning the regular season crown. St. Cloud set a franchise record with 41 wins in the regular season and 47 victories overall in 71 games played.
Below are recaps of the semifinal games from the North American Hockey League. A full season recap and player features are still to come over the next days and weeks. Continue to follow St. Cloud on social media and online to keep up with all things Norsemen!
GAME RECAPS from the NAHL:
Robertson Cup Semi-Final #1: Anchorage 2 vs. St. Cloud 1 (OT) (Anchorage leads series, 1-0) – Wolverines goalie Raythan Robbins made 48 saves to lead his team to a 2-1 overtime win in Game 1 of their best of 3 Robertson Cup Semi-Final against the St. Cloud Norsemen. The Wolverines started the scoring midway through the 1st period as Colton Friesen netted his 5th goal of the playoffs as he fired a snapshot from the right circle that beat Norsemen goalie Tomas Bolo high to the glove side. The Norsemen responded just one minute later as Blake Perbix fired a shot from the high left circle that Robbins got a piece of, but the rebound tumbled over his head and trickled over the goal line to tie the game at 1-1. After the 2nd and 3rd periods went scoreless thanks in large part to Robbins holding the fort for the Wolverines, Anchorage killed off two penalties in overtime, which led to the game-winner. While on a 2-on-1, Hunter Schmitz slid a nice pass to Jackson Reineke, who buried a one-timer past Bolo for the game-winner and series lead. Bolo made 19 saves in the losing effort as St. Cloud outshot Anchorage 49-21 for the game.
Robertson Cup Semi-Final #1, Game 2: Anchorage 6 vs. St. Cloud 2 (Anchorage wins series, 2-0) – Anchorage forward Hunter Bischoff had two goals and goalie Raythan Robbins made 34 saves as the Wolverines advanced to the Robertson Cup Championship Game with a 6-2 win in Game 2 of the Semi-Finals against St. Cloud, which completed a two-game sweep of the series. Anchorage was propelled by the three-goal 1st period as they jumped out to a 3-1 lead with goals from Bischoff, Colton Friesen, and Talon Sigurdson. Brandon Lajoie had the lone goal for the Norsemen in the opening frame. In the 2nd period, the Norsemen cut the lead down to 3-2 thanks to a goal from Broten Sabo. After fending off the Norsemen the first half of the final period, the Wolverines put the game on ice thanks to a goal from defenseman Campbell Cichosz and empty-net goals from Bischoff and Jackson Krock. Norsemen goalie Tomas Bolo made 20 saves in the losing effort as St. Cloud’s season ended.
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