Marian University men’s hockey (8-6-2, 6-3-0 NCHA) defeated No. 6/7 St. Norbert at home for the first time in program history by a 3-1 final.
The Sabres would score three times in a span of 4:41 in the first period to take an early lead in the game. Senior Nick Monfils opened the scoring with his seventh goal of the season at the 13:14 mark with assists to freshman Yuri Chernichko and fellow senior Jake Howie. Senior Lane Valimont then lit the lamp for the third time this season with the Sabres on the power play at the 15:51 mark with an assist from junior Conner Blanck. A first-timer closed out the spurt as freshman Troy Ring netted his first collegiate goal with 2:05 left in the first period with an assist to junior Brock Weston.
The period was even for shots with each team sending 12 shots on goal. The Sabres continued to pressure the Green Knights outshooting SNC 16-10 for the period but were unable to find the back of the net.
The Marian penalty kill put in a lot of work in the final period holding the Green Knights scoreless on a pair of 5-on-3 power play opportunities. The Sabre penalty kill closed out the game holding SNC scoreless on six man-advantage opportunities.
St. Norbert would put an end to the shutout with 2:45 left to play in the game, but Marian was able to hold off the Green Knights the rest of the way to preserve the victory.
The Sabres finished the game with a tight 34-33 advantage in shots with Blanck leading Marian with five shots on goal. Junior Hunter Vorva (7-5-2) earned his third win against a ranked opponent making 32 saves on the night.
Marian closes out the weekend hosting Finlandia tomorrow, Saturday, January 12, at 4 p.m. in NCHA action.