Marian University men’s hockey (1-0-0, 0-0-0 NCHA) scored four goals in the first period en route to a 5-4 victory over UW-Stout in their season opener.
Sophomore Parker Colley opened the scoring for the season with an assist to fellow sophomore Nathan Walker at the 7:11 mark before the Sabres scored three goals in a span of 3:40. Senior Conner Blanck scored without an assist to open the spurt with sophomore Yuri Chernichko finding the back of the net with an assist from senior Lawson MacDonald. Freshman Brett Radford gave the Sabres their 4-0 advantage with his first-career goal, assist to senior Chris Deprez.
The Sabres would outshoot the Blue Devils 17-5 in the opening stanza and forced UW-Stout to make a change in goal.
The Blue Devils were able to cut into their deficit with a pair of power-play goals sandwiched between Chernichko who scored for the second time at the 12:49 mark, assists to sophomore Salvatore Scalise and Deprez. UW-Stout cut the deficit to one in the third period with a pair of goals separated by 1:31. The Sabres were able to hold on, however, to earn the 5-4 win to open the season.
Marian had a dominant third period outshooting UW-Stout 19-8 finishing with a 42-19 advantage in shots. Colley paced the offense with a game-high seven shots, while sophomore Blaine Caton had 10 wins in the faceoff circle.
In the first start of his career, junior Matt Taylor (1-0-0) was able to earn the victory making 11 saves on 15 shots. Freshman Dawson Rodin made his first appearance in a Sabre sweater making four saves in the final 14:17 of the game.
Marian opens a home series against Adrian Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. from Blue Line Family Ice Center in their NCHA opener.