Marian University men’s hockey (3-3-0, 2-3-0 NCHA) posted their first shutout of the season defeating No. 15 St. Norbert 4-0 in NCHA action.
The Sabres didn’t wait long to open the scoring when senior Conner Blanck lit the lamp for the third time this season just 3:53 into the game. Sophomore Parker Colley and junior Dylan Hutton each assisted the goal which proved to be the only score until the third period.
With St. Norbert on the power play, sophomore Gianni Vitali was able to bury a breakaway opportunity 54 seconds into the third period for his third goal of the year, assists to sophomore Troy Ring and senior Nolan Ross. Vitali then netted his second short-handed goal at the 14:39 mark when Blanck created enough pressure to cause a turnover and give Vitali an open look in the slot.
Senior Brett Radford put the game away with an empty-net goal, his second of the year, with just 1:55 remaining with an assist to Ross.
Shots were even for most of the game with Marian finishing with a slim 34-33 advantage. Marian was able to outshoot the Green Knights 15-11 in the final period. Sophomore Parker Colley led the team with five shots on goal, while Ring added four.
In goal, senior Hunter Vorva (2-2-0) posted the ninth shutout of his career stopping all 33 shots he faced. He also led a penalty kill unit that held St. Norbert scoreless on seven power-play opportunities.
Marian closes out their series with the Green Knights on the road tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m.