DIII Bronze Champions! DII Falls short in NCHL Semis

February 16th, 2020

The seasons for Marquette hockey teams have officially ended but not without some last minute fireworks! 

 

DII NCHL Semifianls: Marquette 1 - Marian 2

 

The stands were packed as the puck dropped to start semifinal #1 between Marian University and Marquette University. At 3:07, Marquette went on the powerplay after Marian’s Alex Williams went to the box for tripping. Marian was able to kill off the penalty and the game remained scoreless. Marquette returned the favor with an interference penalty at 6:44. Marian had a couple of solid chances over the next two minutes of man advantage but were not able to capitalize. Tucker Kruse had the best chance for either team to put the first goal up on the board at around the nine minute mark, but the crossbar got in the way. Marian’s powerplay unit came back out on the ice at the 11:06 mark. Marquette was eight seconds from killing a second penalty when Zach Bishop was whistled for hitting from behind. The penalty kill unit killed off the Bishop penalty thanks to a couple of key saves by Jimmy Bertane. Five on five action did not last long as at 15:36 Marquette put their power play unit back on the ice for the second time. Marquette was never able to get set up in the Marian zone and the score continued to be 0-0. The horn sounded the end of the first period with the score exactly as how it started, 0-0.

Marquette came out for the second period and put two quality chances on Justin Davidson in the first minute of play, one a breakaway and the other a 2-on-1 but could not convert. It was only a matter of time before the scoring dam burst and Patrick Sweeney used some fancy stickwork to go around one defender and snap a wrist shot top shelf, putting Marquette on the board at 3:54. Back on the powerplay, Marian’s Tyren Boots slammed home a rebound into an open net for a powerplay goal to tie the game at 5:21. Matching minors at 9:06 brought about a 4-on-4. The 4-on-4 lasted 52 seconds before Boots would be escorted to the penalty box for holding. The Marian penalty box saw a third resident enter at 10:51, however this one was five minutes in length for charging. Marquette, try as they might, could not find the back of the net during those five minutes of man advantage. Bryton Tomko broke through the Marquette defense and as he made his way in front of the net from the left, beat an outstretched Bertane to give Marian their first lead of the night with 52 seconds left before the second intermission.

The third period started with Marian still having 90 seconds of 5-on-4 action left to try and extend their 2-1 lead, but Marquette was able to kill it off. A penalty on Tomko at 7:24 gave Marquette’s powerplay unit the opportunity to net the equalizer. The Marian penalty kill unit was tenacious and did not allow a shot on net to keep their one goal advantage. Eight minutes of up and down the ice, even strength play, was ended with a Marquette holding penalty at 16:11. Sweeney had a golden chance to score a shorthanded goal on a breakaway attempt, but his shot went high. No harm was done as Marquette killed off the penalty, however it shortened the time they had to get that tying goal. Marquette took their time out with 1:30 left in regulation and pulled their goalie for an extra attacker. Unfortunately, it would be for naught and Marian earned a hard fought 2-1 victory.

 

DIII MACHA Bronze Championship: Marquette 8 - Nothern Illinois 6

 

In their first ever full season, the Marquette DIII team won the MACHA Bronze division regular season and went on to win the Conference championship byt beating Wheaton 5-2 in the semifinals and with a comeback victory over Northern Illinois in the Championship.  The team never got down all season long and their continued pursuit to improve fianlly paid off.  Sam Jablonsky was named tournament MVP! 

 

Congratulations to both teams on wonderful seasons and thank you to all of those who came out in support of our hockey program. 

 

We look forward to seeing you again next season. 

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