APPLETON, Wis. – Marian University men’s hockey (15-6-1, 9-6-0 NCHA) outshot the Vikings 40-15 and scored all three goals in the third period to defeat Lawrence 3-1.
Marian outshot Lawrence 12-5 in the first period, 19-7 in the second period and 9-3 in the final stanza but needed 47:14 to get a notch onto the scoreboard. Senior Derek Thorogood finally broke through at the 7:14 mark with an assist to sophomore Brock Weston for his 15th goal of the year. The tally offset a Lawrence goal that came at the 6:50 mark of the opening period.
With under three minutes remaining, sophomore Conner Blanck then gave the Sabres their first lead of the game with assists to junior Jake Howie and sophomore Clay Cross. Black then iced the game in the final minute with an empty net goal that came during a Marian power play with assists to Cross and Weston. The pair of goals were number seven and eight on the season for Blanck.
Sophomore Hunter Vorva had another strong performance in goal for the Sabres stopping 14 of the 15 shots he faced.
For the third consecutive game, the Sabre penalty kill held their opponent scoreless with a man-advantage stopping the Vikings on five power play opportunities. Marian has now killed off 84 of the 98 power plays they have faced this season for an 85.7-percent success rate.
The magic number for the Sabres to clinch a berth into the NCHA Harris Cup was dwindled down to two points with the win.
Marian closes out the Battle of Highway 41 series against Lawrence tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 3, at 8 p.m. from Blue Line Family Ice Center.