FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – The Marian University men's hockey team dropped a 3-2 decision at home to visiting Lake Forest College, falling for the first time in MCHA action this season and settling for a home-and-home series split with the Foresters inside Blue Line Family Ice Center, this evening, Nov. 3.
The Sabres seemed to fight an uphill battle all night, but still found themselves in a position to take the lead late in the third period. After a game-tying goal by Tyler Klein at the 4:20 mark in the third period, a game-winning chance almost seemed imminent. However, Lake Forest was able to convert late in the game as Jordan Bruce netted the game-winner and second goal of the contest with just 3:31 remaining in the third period.
Lake Forest improved to 1-2-0 overall, 1-1-0 in MCHA action with the win, while Marian fell to 1-2-1 (1-1-0 MCHA) with the loss.
Bruce scored the game's first goal with 3:41 remaining in the first and gave the Foresters a 1-0 lead to show for an 11-4 shots advantage after a period of play.
In the second period, Lake Forest had a chance to add to its lead with a power play opportunity just before the 8:00 mark. As the penalty expired on Marian's Warren Carter, the freshman exploded out of the box and received a pass from Matt Berger into the Forester zone. He then beat LFC's Leo Podolsky on his glove side to tie the game and sent the Marian crowd into a frenzy in the process.
Both teams combined to go 2-for-15 on the power play during the game with an incredible five, 5-on-3 opportunities. Three of those chances were had by the Foresters and they converted on one. With just 33 seconds left in the second period, Andrew Stein found the back of the net to give LFC a 2-1 lead into the second intermission.
Just 4:20 into the third period, Klein tied the game at 2-2 with a power-play goal on assists from Brian Berger and Brendan Roberts. However, with 3:31 left in regulation, Bruce tallied his second goal and of the game to give the Foresters the first win of the season and a series split with the Sabres.
Marian will be back in action next Friday-Saturday, Nov. 9-10, hosting Finlandia in a two-game series at the Blue Line Family Ice Center. Friday's game time is slated for 7 p.m.