Men's Hockey drops NCHA road tilt at Marian

Photo by Jordan Vredeveld
Photo by Jordan Vredeveld

FOND DU LAC, Wis. – A Gianni Mangone hat trick, paired with continuing offensive struggles, played key roles in the Concordia University Wisconsin Men's Hockey 4-1 setback at Marian University Friday night. The loss dropped the Falcons to 0-2-1 in 2016 after starting the season 8-3-1 in the 2015 portion of the season.

THE BASICS
- Final Score: Marian 4, Concordia Wisconsin 1
- Location: Blue Line Ice Center – Fond du Lac, Wis.
- Records: Marian 8-5-3, 6-4-1 NCHA; Concordia Wisconsin 8-5-2, 5-4-2 NCHA

HOW IT HAPPENED
- Marian got a hat trick from Mangone as he scored the final three goals of the game. His first, which was one of two on the power play, came as time expired in the first period and gave the host Sabres a 2-1 advantage after one period. That goal would also go down as the game-winner.

- The Falcons had a 1-0 lead Friday night thanks to a goal from junior David Haaf (Medicine Hat, Alberta), his first score in a Falcons uniform. Freshman Stefen Seel (Invermere, British Columbia) assisted on the play.

- Marian would tie the game just 1:14 later when Scott Meyer scored unassisted. The final two Marian scores came in the second period as Mangone netted a power play goal 7:55 into the second, while finishing off the hat trick with a goal with 1:51 left in the stanza.

- Freshman Jack Romanuik (Melfort, Saskatchewan) saw his record drop to 4-2-1 on Friday as he made 27 saves in defeat. The Falcons were outshot 31-18, including 25-9 over the first two periods.

- Mike Baldwin picked up his sixth win of the season for Marian with a 17-save performance.

- Power play also proved to be a difference as Marian was successful on its only two tries of the night. The Falcons on the other hand were held scoreless on four power play chances.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- In three games in 2016, the Falcons have managed just three goals. In the opening 12 games of the season, CUW was averaging 3.17 goals per contest.

- The Falcons fell behind Marian in the NCHA South Division standings with the loss. CUW is now in third place in the South Division, trailing Adrian and Marian and ahead of Lake Forest and Aurora.

UP NEXT
- The Falcons will host Marian at the Ozaukee Ice Center tomorrow evening with puck drop set for 7 p.m.