Special teams leads Sabre men’s hockey past UW-Stout

November 20, 2017

MENOMONIE, Wis. – Marian University men’s hockey (4-2-0, 2-2-0 NCHA) defeated UW-Stout 3-0 to close out the weekend with their third consecutive victory.

The Sabres were able to open up an early cushion in their second consecutive game against a WIAC opponent scoring a pair of goals in the first 9:41 of the first period.  Senior Gianni Mangone opened the scoring on the power play with his third goal of the year at the 3:18 mark of the first period with assists to fellow seniors Hunter Stewart and Derek Thorogood.  Sophomore Clay Cross then gave Marian a two goal advantage with an unassisted goal at the 9:41 mark.

Senior Curtis Lewington took advantage of a UW-Stout roughing penalty to widen the Sabre lead at the 1:29 mark of the third period.  The second MU power play goal was number two on the year for Lewington and was assisted by Mangone and Thorogood who each earned their second points of the night.

Sophomore Hunter Vorva (4-2-0) had another big night in goal for the Sabres as he stopped 25 shots in his first shutout as a Sabre.  Vorva had an especially busy first period when he saved all 12 shots he faced.

The Marian power play would go 2-4 in the win with their final power play opportunity being shortened by the end of the game.  The penalty kill unit kept UW-Stout off the board on both opportunities the Blue Devils had as they improved to 21-24 (.875) on the season.  The Sabre power play has now scored six times on 28 chances (.214).

The Sabres would be out shot in the game 25-21 but did manage to out shoot the Blue Devils in the third period 8-7.  Mangone led all skaters with five shots on frame.

Marian returns home when they host Saint John’s (Minn.) Friday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. from Blue Line.