GENEVA, Ill. – Marian University men’s hockey (2-2-0, 2-2-0 NCHA) sparked a rally in the final minute of regulation to force overtime and ultimately defeat Aurora 4-3.
With an empty net behind them and a power play opportunity, junior Jake Howie managed to find the back of the net with just 26-seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime against the Spartans. Howie was assisted by senior Braden Crone and fellow junior James Mathias.
Howie then finished the job 2:36 into the extra period when he lit the lamp for a second time, second of the season, with an assist to sophomore Brock Weston.
The Spartans had opened the scoring at the 12:49 mark of the first period but sophomore Mitchell Baumann quickly erased that lead with a goal 30-seconds later. Fellow sophomore Chris Deprez assisted the goal, which was the first of the season for Baumann. Crone gave the Sabres their first lead of the game with just over two-minutes left in the first period with his third goal of the year, assists to senior Gianni Mangone and Baumann.
The Spartans would re-tie the game just over five-minutes into the second period and retook the lead with just under five-minutes left in the period with their lone power play goal of the game. The MU penalty kill unit would successfully fight off four of the five power play opportunities the Spartans had.
Sophomore Hunter Vorva (2-2-0) evened his record on the year with a 25-save performance that saw him stop all seven shots he faced in the third period.
Marian outshot the Spartans all game finishing with a 35-28 advantage. MU especially had a strong opening period outshooting Aurora 14-7. Mangone led the way with a team-high seven shots.
Marian hits the road once again next weekend but in non-conference action, as they travel to UW-Stevens Point Friday, Nov. 17 for a 7 p.m. puck drop.