Green Knights Open Season With NCHA Win at Marian

From Sports Information Director, November 1, 2013 | Men's Hockey
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

FOND DU LAC - St. Norbert College faced Marian University with conference points at stake for the first time in its series, and the Green Knights rallied to pull out a 2-1 Northern Collegiate Hockey Association win over the Sabres at Blue Line Family Ice Center.

The Green Knights, ranked No. 1 by D3hockey.com and No. 2 by USCHO.com, trailed 1-0 after one period before getting a pair of goals to tip the Sabres (0-2, 0-1 NCHA). The triumph was St. Norbert's 14th consecutive season-opening win.

Marian wasted no time in getting the early lead, with Tyler Klein scoring for the third time this season just 47 seconds into the game, with Matt Williams and Thomas Nosella assisting.

St. Norbert didn't find the equalizer until Michael Hill scored his first goal with the Green Knights at the 15:01 mark of the second period. Sam Higgins and George Malliaras picked up assists.

Chris Rial notched the game-winning goal at 7:52 of the third period. Pijus Rulevicius and Mason Baptista recorded helpers.

David Jacobson made 23 saves in net for the Green Knights, while Josh Baker turned in a 39-save performance for Marian as St. Norbert outshot the host 41-24. The Green Knights were 0-for-7 on the power play, while Marian was 0-for-5.

The two teams complete the home-and-home series at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Cornerstone Community Center in De Pere.