With less than a minute left in Saturday’s game against Robert Morris-Peoria, the Marquette club hockey team was down 5-3. Mike Walker of RMU crosschecked center Dominic Zanfardino to the ice, Zanfardino got back up and the two started chirping at each other. They then exchanged a couple of punches, resulting in a five-minute major for fighting, a two-minute minor penalty for roughing and a game misconduct.
During the resulting four-on-four, Sam Nader ripped a shot from the point that found the back of the net and with the goalie pulled, Tyler Schwichtenberg scored to send it into overtime. In the extra period, Schwichtenberg scored once again to give the Golden Eagles a 6-5 win.
“I was pretty upset there was no initial call and I didn’t feel the scrap warranted a game misconduct,” Zanfardino said. “But we quickly score two goals and the momentum swung in our favor and I knew our team would win in overtime. It’s wins like these that jump start great seasons.”
Marquette defeated the RMU Eagles 4-3 Friday night in a shootout and 6-5 in overtime on Saturday. The wins extend the Golden Eagles’ winning streak to five games, three of them coming on the road.
Friday saw the Golden Eagles battling another third period deficit. Ryan Zanon scored the team’s first goal in the second period to tie the game at one, but the Eagles scored two unanswered. The lead stuck until five minutes left in the game, when Zanfardino scored to cut the deficit to one. Schwichtenberg forced overtime when he scored with two minutes left, and both goalies held strong, making shootouts the deciding factor.
Marquette goaltender Nick Foley stopped all three attempts by RMU, while Nader scored the lone shootout goal to give Marquette the victory 4-3. Foley stopped 18 of RMU’s 21 shots, while Marquette fired 44 shots on goal. In its last five games, Marquette has outshot its opponents by a 2-to-1 ratio.
“I think that says a lot about our offense,” Zanfardino said. “All four lines can maintain pressure and generate scoring chances. Our defense doesn’t give up much shots. These two things lead to success.”
In Saturday’s game, Marquette continued to get production from freshman Corey Quinn. Quinn opened the game with two goals to give Marquette the 2-0 lead. RMU fought back and rattled off four goals before Marquette answered. Will Podewils scored early in the third to get Marquette within one before RMU scored to push the lead to 5-3.
“Our team never gives up and fights to win all the games,” Schwichtenberg said. “It’s good to know how much the team cares and will do anything to win the game. We have a lot of confidence because we came back twice last week and our team knows that if we don’t give up, there is always a chance that we can win if we find ourselves down late in games.”
Marquette brings its five-game winning streak home against Northwestern this weekend. The Northwestern series opens up an eight game home stand lasting through Nov. 8. The Golden Eagles will face the Wildcats Friday at 7:30 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. Saturday.