FOND DU LAC, Wis. – Falling behind 3-0, the Concordia University Wisconsin Men's Hockey team rallied for two second period goals, trailing by just one entering the third and final stanza. That is where things took a turn for the worse for the Falcons as Marian University scored four times over the final 20 minutes en route to a 7-2 win Saturday night in Northern Collegiate Hockey Association action.
It looked as if momentum was shifting in the Falcons favor midway through the second as they capitalized on two goals just 33 seconds apart, trimming their deficit to one. Sophomore Devin Stuermer (Milwaukee, Wis.) and freshman Kyle Fink (Milwaukee, Wis.) scored the CUW goals that would help make the score 3-2 before the second intermission.
It was all Marian (8-11-2, 7-6-1 NCHA) from that point on beginning with a power play goal just 2:34 into the final period. Aaron Leanord recorded the score with the extra skater, the third power play goal of the game for the Sabres. Marian finished the night 3-for-4 with the extra man advantage as it was the first time in a while that CUW struggled on the penalty kill.
The Sabres would go on to add two more goals before the midway point of the final period and scored their seventh goal of the night with 6:44 left on the clock, cruising to the five-goal victory.
Marian started the game out strong as well, building a 2-0 advantage before the first intermission. Derek Perl scored the game's opening goal, one of his two power play goals in the contest, at the 14:39 mark. The Sabres would add goal number two with just 40 seconds remaining in the first stanza on a score from Robbie Bailey. MU then carried the momentum of that score into the early stages of the second, scoring 26 seconds after the first intermission when Perl lit the lamp for the second time.
CUW answered with the two quick goals but that would be all it could muster the rest of the way. Freshmen Brandt Weldon (The Pas, Manitoba) and Brett Penner (Medstead, Saskatchewan) assisted on the Stuermer goal, while Fink's was set up by sophomores James Poston (Sylvania, Ohio) and Eli Riddle (Blissfield, Mich.).
The weekend sweep for Marian allowed them to leapfrog CUW in the NCHA standings. The Falcons now sit in sixth place with 12 points with four league games to go. MU also clinched a Harris Cup Playoff spot with the win.
Sophomore Domingo Torrenueva (Oshawa, Ontario) got the start between the pipes for the Falcons and went down as the goalie of record. He finished the game with 20 saves, while freshman Morgan Hudson (Ottawa, Ontario) made seven saves in 11:25 of relief. Josh Baker again proved to be difficult to solve, picking up his second win in as many nights, recording 29 saves.
CUW (8-9-4, 5-7-2 NCHA) will return to action next weekend when they host Northland College in an NCHA series. The opening game of the weekend is set for Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Ozaukee Ice Center.