No. 3 Sabres ACHA hockey splits with No. 4 Grand Valley State

November 20, 2017

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. – No. 3 regionally-ranked Marian University ACHA hockey (7-4-1, 6-2-0 NCHL) defeated No. 4 regionally-ranked Grand Valley State 3-0 to open a two-game road series before falling in the finale by the same score.

The Sabres scored consistently in the series opener with a goal in each period to earn a big road win.  The Sabres would be outshot in the game by a 41-24 margin, but Justin Davidson was up to the task stopping all 41 shots for his first shutout of the season.

The Sabres didn’t need long to find the back of the net when they Austin Flores lit the lamp at the 1:01 mark of the first period, assists to Miles Giorgione and Dan LiberkoBrandon Mills added to the lead when he would score with just under two-minutes remaining in the second period with assists to Liberko and Paul Kinder.  Colin Wilson then sealed the win with a goal at the 16:05 mark of the third period, assisted by Kinder.

The Sabre power play would go 0-3 in the game, but Marian was also very disciplined needing to kill off only one penalty.

The second game saw Grand Valley State shutout the Sabres despite a stronger offensive performance from MU.  Marian would only be outshot 39-34 in the finale but were unable to find the back of the net for only the second time this season.  The Lakers would use one goal in the first period and a pair of goals in the second to split the series.

Fredrik Radbjer took the loss in goal for Marian but had a strong 36-save performance.  The penalty kill unit had another strong game holding the Lakers scoreless on six man-advantage opportunities.

Marian returns to action when they host Southern Illinois for a two-game series at Blue Line December 1-2.