MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (SabreAthletics.com) – Tough defense and clutch scoring were the difference makers for the Marian University women's hockey team as it won its first game of the season in defeating Augsburg College, 2-0, this afternoon, Nov. 3.
Both teams played stellar defense, as the first goal of the game wasn't scored until midway into the third period. Marian's Megan Sesing-Gomoll found the net at the 9:47 mark in the third period and Amanda Waigand added an insurance goal two minutes later at the 11:58 mark.
Marian improved to 1-2-0 with the win, while Augsburg dropped to 1-3-0 with the loss.
Amanda Alexander earned her first career shutout, stopping all 37 shots she faced. In all, the Sabre defense stifled the Auggies as they were unable to take advantage of the five power plays awarded to them.
Marian, on the other hand, went one-for-five in power play opportunities, scoring at the 8:35 mark of the third period where Sesing-Gomoll converted for her first goal of the season. Just two minutes later, Amanda Waigand added an insurance goal to make it 2-nil.
Augsburg would have the chance to cut the deficit to one with a power play occurring at the 16:46 mark in the final period, but Alexander remained a wall to keep the shutout while she faced nine shots, saving two, in the two-minute penalty.
Marian remains on the road, but opens up NCHA conference play visiting Finlandia University Nov. 9-10, for a two-game series. First game is slated for 6 p.m. CST.