FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) - Two goals in the first period for UW-Eau Claire paved the way to the series sweep as the Marian University women's hockey team dropped a 4-1 decision this afternoon, Dec. 9 at Blueline Family Ice Center.
The Blugolds looked to come out fast and physical this afternoon and stayed true to their game plan as the Sabres were unable to keep up. Two goals were scored early by the Blugolds and from there, they never looked back. The lone goal for the Sabres came by Brittany Syms in the third period, but any chance of a comeback narrowed due to only have three minutes remaining in the game.
The sweep improved UW-Eau Claire to 5-5-2 overall and 5-3-2 in NCHA play, while Marian dropped to 3-6-2 (2-4-2 NCHA) with the loss.
The first period was dominated by the Blugolds as they scored two goals within five minutes of each other at the 13:03 mark and 18:03 mark. The Blugolds were able to get off 12 shots as opposed to the Sabres miniscuel two.
Marian's defense kept Eau Claire's offense in-check by not allowing a goal, but the offensive woes continued on Marian's behalf. The Sabres were awarded power-play opportunites, but were unable to gain any offensive momentum.
Eau Claire conintued their offensive dominance with an early goal at the 5:23 mark of the third period, by Emily Larson, assisted by Casey McMullen. A little life was brought to Marian with a Brittany Syms goal, assisted by Amanda Waigand and Kristin Skubic at the 17:09 mark of the third period. With just under three minutes remaining, a comeback for the Sabres became nearly impossible, however. Eau Claire would later add an empty net goal as the Sabres looked to score with the man advantage.
Marian has time to regroup until their next Friday-Saturday home series against non-conference Hamline University. Game on Friday, Dec. 14, begins at 7:00 p.m.