MEQUON, Wis. – Marian University men’s hockey (1-3-1, 0-2-1-0 NCHA) rallied from a three-goal deficit to defeat Concordia Wisconsin in a shootout.
The opening period was filled with penalties and the Falcons were able to score the opening goal of the game. The Sabres responded when senior Parker Colley lit the lamp with assists to junior Blake Kleiner and senior Nathan Walker to open the second period. Concordia Wisconsin responded with three goals in a span of 5:55 to take a 4-1 lead.
Marian answered in a big way scoring three goals in the final 1:45 of the period. Kleiner scored the opening goal at the 18:15 mark with assists to freshman Jordan Simoneau and junior Jack Sampson. Sophomore Dawson Schwengler then lit the lamp with just 52.4 seconds remaining, assist to fellow sophomore Brady Lynn. Then with just 6.5 ticks on the clock, Colley recorded his second goal of the period, assist to sophomore Ty Mosimann, to put the game at a 4-4 tie heading into the third.
The Falcons were able to score first in the third period, but the Sabres were once again able to respond and tie the game at five. Freshman Nick Cherkowski was the goal scorer for the Sabres with Colley assisting the score for his third point of the night.
After a scoreless overtime period, senior Gianni Vitali was able to open the shootout with a goal. Both goaltenders then turned away a combined four shots before CUW was able to score on their final shooter. After another pair of denied shots, Sampson scored the eventual game-winner to give the Sabres two points.
Marian finished with a 56-32 advantage in shots with three different skaters sending seven shots on frame. Sophomore Aaron Brunn and junior Colby Muise (1-3-1) split time in goal with Brunn recording 15 saves and Muise making 12 stops.
Marian hosts the Falcons to close out the series tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. from Blue Line.