DE PERE, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – The Marian University women's hockey team suffered a disappointing, 4-3, loss to St. Norbert College to cap off the weekend series this afternoon, Nov. 18.
A late surge in the third period by the Green Knights disrupted what seemed to be an inevitable Sabre victory as the visitors clinged to a 3-1 advantage going into the third period. The SNC game-winner came only ten seconds after the game tying goal with just four minutes remaining in the game.
Marian drops to 3-3-1 overall, 2-1-1 in the NCHA with the loss, while St. Norbert improves to 3-2-2 (2-1-1 NCHA) with the win.
The Sabres got off to the quick start, getting on the board right away in the first period at the 2:54 mark with Brittany Syms finding the back of the net, assisted from Kristin Skubic. Less than two minutes later, the Knights retaliated with a goal of their own by Andrea Senne, assisted by Karissa Anderson and Danielle Rozon.
Late into the second period, Amanda Waigand netted back-to-back goals. She found the back of the net at the 16:08 mark and then again a minute and a half later, taking advantage of a power-play opportunity from a hooking penalty by Knight, Emily Chandler.
With just under five minutes to play, the Sabres looked to have a comfortable lead at 3-2, but the Green Knights came roaring back with two goals within a ten second span. The initial goal came from Laurel Hill, and the follow-up from Henriette Ostergaard at the 16:48 mark. In the last few minutes of the game, the Sabres looked to tie the game and pulled goalie, Amanda Alexander for the man advantage, but came up empty handed. In total, the Sabres were only able to get off four shots the entire third period.
St. Norbert won the shots on goal by a margin of 60-17. Alexander made 56 saves in the net for the Sabres, saving 20 in the first period alone.
The Sabres will stay on the road to take on Lake Forest College on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2. Saturday's game is slated for 7 p.m.