The St. Norbert mens hockey team has had their way with the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association over the last decade. In the past ten seasons, the Green Knights have claimed nine regular season titles and captured eight Peters Cups.
If there has been a thorn in the side of the perennial powerhouse it has been UW-Superior. Arguably, the Yellowjackets have been able to run with SNC better than any other school in the conference.
The two schools have met 64 times and St. Norbert owns a 31-21-12 advantage in the all-time series. However, SNC is just 8-9-9 when visiting Wessman Arena in Superior. It is the only venue in the conference where the Green Knights do not own a winning record.
Speaking of venues, both Wessman Arena and the Cornerstone Community Center provide a unique college hockey experience that can be appreciated by any fan. Wessman Arena, one of the largest facilities in the conference, holds a capacity of 3,000. The more intimate Cornerstone Community Center gives spectators a chance to get up close and personal with one of the best programs in the nation.
The enrollments of both institutions hover around the 2,000 mark. But the fans (knowledegeable fans at that) turn out in droves to support their teams adding to the atmosphere of the already intense competition.
Adding to the drama of the rivalry is the fact that the two men who patrol the bench also played in the NCHA in their collegiate days. They are also two of the longest tenured coaches in the league. SNC head coach Tim Coghlin was a two-time All-American defenseman at UW-Stevens Point where he was the captain on the 1989 national championship team. He concluded his 19th season as head coach at St. Norbert where he currently owns a 411-113-45 record. He has brought home 13 NCHA regular season titles, 10 Peters Cups and three national championships. UWS head man Dan Stauber appeared in 99 games for Superior during his collegiate career and tallied 118 points. Last year, wrapped up his 12th season at the helm of the Yellowjackets where he has posted a 218-86-50 mark.
With St. Norbert taking its second consecutive national title (it's third since 2008) and posting a 2-0-1 record against Superior last season, the Yellowjackets have fuel to add to the fire comeing into the 2012-13 season.
As competitive as the rivalry has been, its future remains in question. The NCHA is set to disband after the upcoming season to give way to Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference hockey. UWS is already assured a spot in the WIAC, but, as it stands now, St. Norbert will be without a conference for the 2013-14 campaign.