Marian Athletics 2016-17 Top 10 Moments
#2 - Men's Hockey Defeats LFC in Harris Cup Quarterfinals
After a breakout season in 2015-16, the Marian University men's hockey team not only clinched home-ice for a second consecutive season, but qualified for the NCHA Harris Cup semifinals for a second straight year with a 5-2 victory.
The Sabres and Foresters split the series in the regualr season but Marian jumped out to an early lead scoring a pair of goals in the first 2:27 of the game. MU extended their lead out to 3-0 before a pair of second period goals from LFC tightened the game at 3-2.
In a back-and-forth third period, junior forward Derek Thorogood iced the game scoring with only 1:54 left to give Marian a two-goal lead, which was later extended out to three with a final-minute open net goal from senior forward Brodie Jamieson.
Marian finished the year 15-10-2 marking the third straight season the Sabres finished above .500. The 15 wins was also the seventh most for a single season in program history, while the back end for Marian had the eighth lowest goals against average (2.91) in program history and allowed the eighth fewest goals (79).
Sophomore defenseman Gianni Mangone had another big season at the Marian blue line earning All-NCHA honors and being named to the AHCA All-American second team. Mangone (10-12--22) would score seven power play goals, ninth most for a season in program history, and his 10 goals was the fourth most goals in a season for a defenseman in Marian history. After two years in a Marian sweater, Mangone is three goals shy of tying the all-time record for career goals by a defenseman.
Senior goalie Mike Baldwin closed out his illustrious career between the pipes with the second lowest career goals against average (2.38), third highest career save percentage (.911), fourth most shutouts (5), and the third most wins in a career (34).
Marian was also able to send a student-athlete to the professional level for a second straight year when senior defenseman Scott Milnthorp signed a contract with the Columbus Cottonmouths of the SPHL.
The Sabres nearly missed out on a road upset of then-ranked No. 4/5 Adrian falling 2-1 from Arrington Ice Arena in the NCHA Harris Cup semifinals. The Bulldogs would fall to St. Norbert in the NCHA Harris Cup Championship game but reached the Frozen Four where they were knocked off by eventual national champion Norwich.