Women's Hockey Victorious on Opening Day

Photo Courtesy of Katie Eisenhauer / St. Catherine University

ST. PAUL, Minn. (SabreAthletics.com) - After weeks of practice, the Sabres finally took the ice to kick off their 2013-14 season on Saturday, Nov. 2 in St. Paul, Minn. against St. Catherine. The Sabres who set a program record with three wins last season, welcomed many new faces to the team this season, and all were chomping at the bit to get started. Four unanswered goals helped to pace the Sabres to their first ever opening day victory, as they defeated St. Catherine, 5-1.

Eight minutes into the opening frame, junior Amanda Waigand tallied her first goal of the year on on assist from freshman Sarah Bier on the powerplay. Junior Amanda Alexander turned away 12 shots to send the Sabres to the locker room with the one goal lead.

Using the momentum from their first period goal, the Sabres would erupt for four goals in the second period. This would tie the current record for goals in a period by Marian. Last season against Finlandia, the Sabres scored four in the third period.

Freshman Emily Everson scored her first collegiate points at 4:17 of the second period with Melissa Horstketter and Lydia Cloud earning the helpers. Just a few short minutes later, junior Nina Laurie would tally on an assist from Waigand. 

At 10:40 of the second period, freshman Rhian Lennon joined the scoring party, putting the Sabres up 3-0. 

St. Catherine would scrap the shutout with a goal at 13:13 by Annie Buttermore. Before the third was over, Waigand would add her second goal of the evening and third point of the period, scoring at 19:30.

After an exciting 40 minutes, neither team could find twine in the third, handing Marian the 5-1 victory. Alexander turned away 31 shots for her first win since Nov. 10, 2012.

The Sabres also tied a team recored for goals scored in a game. During the 2012 season, Marian pumped five goals in back-to-back games against Finlandia University.

"It was good to get the first game under our belt," Head Coach Jamie Kivi said. "We were able to find the back of the net when we needed to and combined that with some big penalty kills."

The Sabres will open NCHA play next Friday as they travel to Adrian College. The Bulldogs were included in the D3Hockey Preseason Poll, coming in at No. 9.

"This game was a starting point for us," Kivi said. "There are areas we need to clean up before next game, but tonight every line stepped up and contributed."