HANCOCK, Mich. (WLUC) – Sophomore Kylee Dyni scored twice as the Finlandia University women’s hockey team (0-9, 0-6 NCHA) suffered a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Marian (Wis.) (3-5-1, 2-3-1 NCHA), Sunday afternoon at the Houghton County Arena.
In the first six minutes of the game, Finlandia and Marian had strong scoring opportunities that were stopped. At the 6:10 mark, the Sabres got on the board first. Marian scored again late to take a 2-0 lead into the second period.
The Lions came out more aggressive and put the Sabres on their heels. With nine minutes gone, Dyni powered the puck past the goalie to make it 2-1. At the 11:38 mark, senior Bella Abear scored off a pass from junior Abby Kolek.
That made it 2-2 heading into the third period. Maggie Cusey and senior Sarah Gundry were making save after save throughout the period. Midway through, the Sabres got an unassisted goal to take the lead 3-2.
With less than two minutes left, FinnU pulled the goalie for an extra attacker. With 24 seconds left, there was a wild scramble in front of the visitor’s net and Dyni scored to tie the game at three. Finlandia suffered heartbreak as Marian scored with five seconds left for the win.
On face-offs, junior Abby Kolek had 21 wins. Gundry closed out with 33 saves.
Finlandia is off until Thursday, Jan. 9, when they play the Chinese Ice Hockey College in Minneapolis. The game is scheduled to start at 6:15 p.m. CST