Jacobson shines for St. Norbert

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012
— One of the most common clichés in hockey is when a coach or commentator says, “the goaltender stood on his head.”

Simply stated, the goalie probably made a number of spectacular saves to keep his team in the game that particular night.

David Jacobson hasn’t stood on his head this season. He has done cartwheels.

The 2009 Janesville Parker graduate and former Janesville Jet starts in net for St. Norbert College. The Green Knights (19-5-5) advanced to the NCAA Division III Frozen Four this weekend and play Norwich (24-2-2) on Friday in a rematch of last year’s semifinal.

The son of Scott Jacobson and Sandy Schultz, both of Janesville, is a big reason why St. Norbert has a chance to defend its title.

Since taking over the starting job early in the season, Jacobson is 17-2-3, including shutouts in two of the last four games. He has a 1.58 goals against average and a sparkling .933 save percentage.

“I kept working hard at practice and waited for my chance,” Jacobson said. “Once I got a chance to get on the ice, I’m really competitive, so I was going to do whatever I could to stay out there.

“I’ve had some success, but my teammates have had a lot to do with it, too. We’ve really come together as a team on the defensive end, and our forwards are really doing a great job of getting the puck up the ice and out of our end.”

Jacobson is on his fourth team in four years. He helped the Janesville Bluebirds win the Big Eight Conference title in 2008-09 and then took his talents to the Quad City Mallards of the Central Hockey League. He played last season for the Jets of the North American Hockey League, where he set single-season records for wins and shutouts. The next step was at the collegiate level, where Jacobson has found a home in De Pere at St. Norbert.

The competition and talent level have gotten better each year, as Jacobson has progressed. Jacobson has adjusted to each progression.

“The speed of the game is a lot faster, and there is a lot more traffic in front of the net,” Jacobson said of the college game.

“The biggest thing helping me is that because our program is so good, I get to go against some of the best players in the country every day in practice.”

The Green Knights are making their eighth trip to the Frozen Four and have won 11 of their last 12 NCAA tournament games dating back to 2008. St. Norbert coach Tim Coghlin said Jacobson gives the team an excellent chance at repeating.

“It has been very clear since he established himself here that he’s highly athletic, very competitive and he’s highly motivated,” Coghlin said.

“The team is forming a sense of confidence around him, and the defensive corps is playing better in front of him.”

A freshman eligibility-wise, Jacobson believes he has finally found a home—at least for the next three years. He plans on staying at St. Norbert and not pursuing an elusive Division I scholarship.

“I really like it here,” Jacobson said. “It’s a great program with high expectations, which is what I like because it pushes you.

“As a team, we’ve really come together and played our best hockey the last month or so.”

David Jacobson hopes he can stand on his head for two more games.

Last updated: 7:57 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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