FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – Three unanswered goals in the third period by 10th-ranked Adrian College led to a gut-wrenching, 4-3, loss for the Marian University women's hockey team on Senior Day, this afternoon, Feb. 9, at Blue Line Family Ice Center.
The Sabres were inspired to play for their seniors, Katie Lindsley, Kiley O'Connell, Rachel Mullendore, Megan Sesing-Gomoll and Devan Lesch, as they jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first period. The Sabres would add another goal in the second and at one point led 3-0. The Bulldogs finally got on the board late in the second period, and the comeback came in the third period, scoring three straight goals without a Sabre answer.
With the win, Adrian improved to 19-5-1 overall and 13-5-1 in NCHA play, while Marian dropped to 3-18-2 (2-16-2 NCHA) with the loss.
In the first period, Marian came roaring out of the gates scoring early at the 17:13 mark with a Kaitlyn Johnson goal, assisted by Megan Sesing-Gomoll. The Sabres were on a power play, and executed it perfectly as Johnson slapped one past Bulldog goalie, Allie Carter. In just under four minutes, Brittany Syms added another goal at the 13:49 mark to give the Sabres an early, 2-0 lead.
Syms continued her offensive prowess as she scored the Sabres second power play goal, and the third overall goal at the 18:31 mark of the second period, giving the Sabres the 3-0 advantage. Syms was a goal short of the hat trick, but added to her season total with six goals on the season. The Bulldogs, however, chipped away at their the Sabres lead, as Kelsey Kusch put the Bulldogs on the board at the 4:52 mark.
In the third period, penalties hurt the Sabres as they committed four infractions. Within four minutes of the third period, Kusch netted second goal of the game after Kelly Leslie committed a tripping penalty to give the Bulldogs the man advantage.
The nationally-ranked Bulldogs continued to gain momentum as they continued to cut the lead. Down just one, Courtney Millar tied the game up at the 5:38 mark. With the man advantage, the Bulldogs deflated any chance of an upset when scored at the 3:43 mark. With the power play goal, the Bulldogs took the lead for the first time in the game.
Marian tried to tie the game back up, but neither Lesch nor Mullendore's shots found the back of the net within the last two minutes that remained the game.
Marian finishes up the regular season with a Friday-Saturday match up at St. Scholastica. The first game begins Feb. 15 at 7:00 p.m. in Duluth, Minn.