No. 3 Marian University ACHA Division II hockey (13-1-1, 4-0-0 NCHL) used a pair of comebacks to sweep No. 2 Lindenwood in non-conference action.
The Sabres led for most of the opener of the series but needed a late push to earn the victory. Tucker Kruse opened the scoring in the first period, with assists to Colby Sherlock and Tyren Boots, for what proved to be the lone tally. The Lions responded with the first two goals of the second period to take a 2-1 lead before the Sabres scored three unanswered to retake the lead and close out the period. Connor Rosaasen started the spurt with an assist from Miles Giorgione before Karl Lavoie was assisted by Brandon Mills to give Marian the lead. The pair of goals came just 1:33 apart. Bryton Tomko scored with just nine seconds remaining in the period, assist to Rosaasen, to put the Sabres ahead 4-2 heading into the third.
Lindenwood once again had a strong start scoring a pair of goals separated by just 26 seconds to tie the game. Connor Martin scored what proved to be the game-winner at the 15:14 mark, assists to Giorgione and Kruse, to give the Sabres the opener.
Marian was outshot in the victory by a 47-37 margin with Justin Davidson making 43 saves to earn the victory in net.
The second game was tight but a rally in the final minute gave the Sabres a sweep. Lindenwood was on the board first only to have a Martin goal, assist to Mills, serve as the equalizer and keep the game tied after one. The second period saw the same storyline with the Lions scoring the opening goal to take the lead before Boots scored, assist to Martin and Paul Kinder, to tie the game heading to the third. Lindenwood was once again able to find the back of the net first in the final period to take a 3-2 advantage.
The Sabres would be presented a 5-on-3 opportunity in the final minute of the game and were able to tie the game with just 43 seconds remaining when Zach Wilson lit the lamp. Still on the power play, Tomko was left open in the slot with just 22 seconds left and found the back of the net to give Marian the lead for good, assists to Mills and Lavoie, to close out the dramatic win.
The Sabres were once again outshot in the finale by a 45-41 margin, but Davidson once again had a strong start posting 42 saves.
Marian returns to NCHL action traveling to DePaul Nov. 22-23 with the opener scheduled for 8:30 p.m. and the finale at 3:30 p.m.