Sabre men's hockey falls to top-ranked Green Knights

Cole McCaig brings the puck deep in the zone.

DE PERE, Wis. - Marian University men's hockey (10-4-1, 5-4-0 NCHA) battled back from an early 3-0 deficit but the No. 1 St. Norbert Green Knights scored four unanswered goals to defeat the Sabres 7-2.

SNC opened the game strong as they quickly built a two-goal lead and held the Sabres to only three shots on goal in the first period.  After St. Norbert added to their lead midway through the second period the Sabres started to push back.  Sophomore Brock Weston tallied the opening Sabre goal at the 14:28 mark, his first career goal, with assists to seniors Hunter Stewart and Derek Thorogood.  Junior Jake Howie then made the most of a breakaway while the Sabres were on the penalty kill to cut the Sabre deficit to one just 3:33 later.  The goal was number five on the year for Howie and was the first short-handed goal for the Sabres this season.

The Green Knights responded on that same penalty kill, however, as they later pushed the deficit back to two entering the third period.  St. Norbert would go on to close out the game with three goals in the third period with three of their seven goals coming on the power play.

Marian managed to outshoot St. Norbert in the second period 10-9 but St. Norbert held the advantage for the night by a 34-19 margin.  Hunter Vorva took the loss in goal for the Sabres making 27 saves on the night.

Marian closes out the weekend tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 13, traveling to Finlandia for a 6 p.m. (CST) puck drop.