No. 11/12 Marian struggles in Harris Cup semifinal opener

No. 11/12 Marian struggles in Harris Cup semifinal opener

DE PERE, Wis. - No. 11/12 Marian University men's hockey (18-6-3, 15-4-1 NCHA) struggled to get pucks to the net and a pair of third period goals lifted No. 1 SNC past MU by a 4-1 final.

In a game that was extremely similar to the season opener when the two teams faced off at Blue Line, the Green Knights were able to get on the board first at the 9:55 mark.

The Sabres answered shortly after when Tanner Pagendam lit the lamp for the sixth time this season to knot the game at 1-1.  Gianni Mangone assisted the goal that sent the two teams into the first intermission at a dead lock.

The second period proved to be a defensive battle with only a total of 11 shots on goal.  SNC was able to retake the lead, however, with just five minutes left in the period off a rebound in front of the net.

The Green Knights were able to open the final period by extending their lead on a line rush goal to give SNC a two-goal cushion.  MU would have a pair of power play opportunities following the goal, pulling the goalie during the second man-advantage, but were unable to get any offensive production in the period as they were outshot 10-3. 

Neither power play unit was able to get anything going as the two teams went scoreless on a combined 10 power play opportunities.

Mike Baldwin finished the night with 18 saves in 56:19 of action.

Marian faces elimination in game two at Cornerstone Comunnity Center tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 28, with a 7:05 p.m. puck drop.  The Sabres will need a victory to force a one period mini-game that would be played immediately following the conclusion of the regular game.