Sabre men’s hockey clinches playoff berth with tie at Lawrence

February 4, 2019

APPLETON, Wis. – Marian University men’s hockey (10-8-4, 8-5-2 NCHA) earned a spot in the NCHA Harris Cup playoffs with a 3-3 tie at Lawrence.

The opening period saw seven penalties with the Vikings finding the back of the net while on a power play to serve as the only goal for the period.

The Sabres wasted no time tying the game in the second period when senior Jake Howie lit the lamp two minutes in for his fourth goal of the season with assists to freshman Parker Colley and senior Nick Monfils.  Freshman Nathan Walker gave the Sabres their first lead of the game with the Sabres on the power play at the 14:36 mark for his third goal of the year, assists to sophomore Dylan Hutton and Monfils.

Marian would hold Lawrence to only two shots on goal in the second period and then dominated the third period with a 15-7 advantage.  Lawrence tied the game at the 3:13 mark but an unassisted goal from junior Brock Weston, his second of the season, at the 8:24 mark gave Marian the lead once again.

In the final minute, the Vikings managed to score with an extra attacker and while on the power play to tie the game and send it to overtime.  The extra period saw each team fire four shots on goal but nothing managed to light the lamp.

The Sabres finished the game with a 35-20 advantage in shots with junior Hunter Vorva (9-7-4) making 17 saves.

Marian closes out the series with Lawrence at home tomorrow, Saturday, February 2 at 8 p.m. with the winner claiming the Battle of Highway 41 traveling trophy.  The Sabres are also still in the hunt for home-ice in the opening round of the NCHA Harris Cup playoffs and are tied with Northland with 18 points.