Marian earns first program win over SNC

Abbey Dokken goes for the puck.

FOND DU LAC, Wis. - Marian University women's hockey (4-7-0, 3-5-0 NCHA) came back after trailing entering the second intermission for the first time this season to defeat SNC 4-3 for the first program win over the Green Knights.

The Sabres opened up strong outshooting SNC 10-5 in the first period, but neither team could find the back of the net.  The Green Knight power play then started the scoring with a pair of power play goals in the first 3:28 of the second period.

MU was able to answer back with a pair of unassisted goals.  Senior Emily Everson put the Sabres on the board at the 8:52 mark with her fourth goal of the year.  Senior Sarah Bier then sent a shot in front of the SNC goal that hit off a Green Knight defender's skate and into the back of the net for her second goal this season with just under three minutes left to tie the game at 2-2.

The game wouldn't stay tied for long, however, as St. Norbert would find the back of the net 51-seconds after the Bier goal to take a 3-2 lead heading into the final period.

Everson then lit the lamp for her second time of the game five minutes into the third period to retie the game with assists to sophomore Hailey Miller and freshman Ally Fox.  The Sabres then took the lead for the first time in the game when sophomore Sheila Blower skated to the far post from the right circle to beat the SNC goalie.  Fellow sophomores Abbey Dokken and Alexis Peterson assisted the goal, which proved to be the game-winner.

Marian outshot the Green Knights 28-22 led by Everson who sent nine shots on frame.  Sophomore Lindsey Strainis (3-5-0) earned the win between the pipes for the Sabres with 19 saves.

Marian closes out the first half traveling to UW-Eau Claire Saturday, Dec. 10 for a 7 p.m. puck drop.