The 3rd annual Superior Showdown turned into a shootout as the Marian Sabres defeated the host University of Wisconsin-Superior Yellowjackets in the championship game Sunday, Dec. 29, at Wessman Arena.
After battling to a 4-4 tie through three periods and overtime, Marian won its second Showdown title with a 1-0 advantage in the three-person shootout.
Trailing 4-3, UWS tied it up on Dylan Nelson’s second goal of the game with 37.1 seconds remaining in the third period. Conor McDonald and Andrew Durham assisted on the 4-on-3 power-play goal.
Nelson's first goal got UWS within 2-1 with 58 seconds remaining in the first period.
Troy York tied it up for UWS 36 seconds into the second period, but Marian took a 4-2 lead when Yuri Cherniohko and Nolan Ross scored within a span of seven seconds.
UWS got one of those goals back when Artur Terchiyev scored short-handed with 3:56 left in the second period.
Hunter Vorva had 40 saves for Marian and Oscar Svensson and Myles Hektor combined on 25 saves for UWS.
Marian has played in all three “Showdown” championship games, beating UWS 6-1 in 2017 and losing to Trinity 4-1 last year.
UWS advanced to the championship game with a 2-1 win over the Tufts Jumbos on Saturday, Dec. 28.
Both Yellowjacket goals came in the first period.
Durham scored on the power play with help from Liam Blais at 2:44, and York scored with helpers from Coltyn Bates and Blais at 10:39.
Tufts cut the lead in half on Nick Schultze’s power-play goal 5:56 into the second period.
Oscar Svensson had 21 saves for UWS (9-2), and Drew Hotte stopped 35 shots for Tufts (3-7), which is located in Medford, Mass.
Tufts defeated Bethel 5-2 in the consolation game.
First period — 1. M, Brett Radford (Chris Deprez, Brady Pupp), 10:30. 2. M, Blake Kleiner (Troy Ring, Gianni Vitalli), 16:58. 3. UWS, Dylan Johnson (Chad Lopez, Lawson McDonald), 19:02.
Second period — 4. UWS, Troy York (Conor MacLean), 0:36. 5. M, Yuri Cherniohko), 5:34. 6. M, Nolan Ross, 5:41. 7. UWS, Artur Terchiyev (Lopez, McDonald), 16:04 (sh).
Third period — 8. UWS, Johnson (McDonald, Andrew Durham), 19:23 (4-on-3).
OT — No scoring.
Saves — Hunter Vorva, M, 40. Oscar Svensson, UWS 10. Myles Hektor, UWS, 15.
First Period — 1. UWS, Andrew Durham (Liam Blais), 2:44 (pp). 2. UWS, Troy York (Coltyn Bates, Blais), 10:39.
Second period — 3. TU, Nick Schultze (Ross Delabraere, Trevor Spence), 5:56 (pp).
Third period — No scoring.
Saves — Drew Hotte, TU, 35. Oscar Svensson, UWS, 21.
Superior Showdown - Men’s Hockey
Saturday, Dec. 28
Marian 5, Bethel 2
UW-Superior 2, Tufts 1
Sunday, Dec. 29
Consolation: Tufts 5, Bethel 2
Championship: Marian 4, UWS 4, OT (Marian wins shootout 1-0)