Sabre men's hockey eliminated from NCHA Harris Cup

Hunter Vorva and James Mathias wait for the puck to drop.

DE PERE, Wis. - Marian University men's hockey (14-10-4, 11-5-2 NCHA) was defeated by No. 3 St. Norbert 6-2 in the NCHA Harris Cup semifinals.

A power play goal from SNC in the middle of the opening period proved to be the lone tally in the opening stanza.  Junior Conner Blanck netted the equalizer at the 6:21 mark of the second period off of a breakaway opportunity for his sixth goal of the year.  The Green Knights were able to retake the lead with a pair of goals separated by 1:43 but Marian would rally.

With an empty net on the other side of the ice and while on the power play, senior Jake Howie tipped in a shot from fellow senior Lane Valimont to cut the deficit to one.  The goal was his team-leading eighth of the season and junior Brock Weston also earned an assist on the play.

St. Norbert re-extended the lead back out to two 19-seconds later and would put the game away with a pair of empty net goals.

The Green Knights finished with a 36-15 advantage in shots with junior Hunter Vorva (13-9-4) making 30 stops.

The game was hard hitting with plenty of penalties as Marian was assessed 11 penalties for 36 minutes compared to St. Norbert who had 12 minutes off of six infractions.  The Sabre penalty kill went on to hold St. Norbert to two power play goals on 10 opportunities, two of which were major penalties, while the power play converted once on four chances.