MILWAUKEE (SabreAthletics.com) – The Marian University men's hockey team fell on the road to MSOE, 4-1, in the opening game of an MCHA league home-and-home series inside the Kern Center, this evening, Dec. 7.
The Sabres used a Brian Berger breakaway goal in the second period to cut the deficit to 2-1, but the Raiders proved too much to overcome after adding a pair of insurance goals in the third. MSOE's Jordan Keizer scored twice to lead the hosts in the series opener.
MSOE improved to 7-3-1 overall, 5-3-1 in MCHA play with the win, while Marian dropped to 6-6-1 (6-3-0 MCHA) with the loss.
A two-goal first period set the tone for the host Raiders, who gained the big advantage by the 7:11 mark in the opening frame with goals by Steven Shaffroth and Keizer.
Berger's goal at the 10:25 mark in the second period came on a breakaway with assists from Tyler Klein and Mitch Kriz. It was his third goal of the season and looked to energize a Sabre attack that lacked the amount of opportunities as the opposition. However, it didn't result in another score before the second intermission despite two power play opportunities.
In the third period, MSOE capitalized on a power play chance of its own. Following a Bradley Tierney goal at the 2:55 mark, Keizer added his second with the man advantage less than six minutes later.
MSOE was 1-for-5 on the power play, while Marian failed to score on its five chances.
Nick Kohn made 27 saves to earn the win for MSOE. Meanwhile, Marian's Josh Baker finished with 34 saves, including double-digit stops in each period, in taking the loss.
Both teams will wrap up their only series of the regular season tomorrow, Dec. 8. It will be Marian's Sixth Annual "Ice Out Breast Cancer" game. The Sabres are urging fans to wear pink to the game and help raise money for breast cancer awareness. Puck drops at 4 p.m.