Marian University men’s hockey (1-0-0, 0-0-0 NCHA) opened the season with a 4-3 win against CUW at home.
The Sabres were able to get on the board first when sophomore Ty Enns was able to bury a rebound at the 6:49 mark with assists from sophomore Brady Pupp and junior Gianni Vitali. The Falcons had a response scoring with just 4:48 left in the period to knot things up after 20 minutes. Shots were even for the period at 8-8.
It was Marian once again opening the scoring for the period when junior Parker Colley lit the lamp with assists to Enns and junior Salvatore Scalise. Concordia Wisconsin would respond sneaking a puck in with just 1:14 left in the period. This tie didn’t last long, however, as just 15 seconds later junior Blaine Caton scored his first goal of the season with assists to Pupp and Scalise.
Just 4:54 into the final period the Sabres were able to build their lead out to 4-2 with a goal from sophomore Jack Sampson, his first goal as a Sabre. Pupp earned the lone assist for the goal, his third of the game. Concordia Wisconsin was able to make it a one-goal game with just 10:07 left in the game but the Sabre defense was able to step up the remainder of the way. With the Falcons on the power play and an empty net in their zone, the Sabres were able to hold off one final push and secure the win.
The Sabres finished with a 37-24 advantage in shots with sophomore Colby Muise (1-0-0) making 21 stops to earn the win in goal. Along with Pupp producing three points, Enns and Scalise each finished with multiple points.
Marian closes out their series on the road at CUW tomorrow, Saturday, January 30, with puck drop scheduled for 4 p.m.