MILWAUKEE – The playoff picture is set. The only question was who is going to play who. With Concordia-Wisconsin and Aurora locking up the top two seeds, MSOE and Marian played this afternoon to determine which team would get what seeding with the final two spots remaining. Unfortunately, it was the Raiders that will draw the best team in the conference, falling to the Sabres in an overtime thriller.
FINAL IN OVERTIME
Marian – 9
MSOE Raiders – 8
HOW IT HAPPENED
As most contests that go into extra time are, the ballgame this morning between MOSE (7-8, 7-4 MLC) and Marian (12-4, 8-3 MLC) was as even as it gets. All the major statistical categories were either dead even or within a few numbers of each other, as this one got started with John Wilson (New Oxford, Pa. / New Oxford) putting the Raiders ahead at the 10:18 mark thanks to a Collin Fisher (Lake in the Hills, Ill. / Huntley) assist. A back and forth game would ensue, seeing over seven-minute elapse before Marian found the scoreboard. Tied 1-1, we headed into the second quarter, which also happened to be the most productive of the four frames played. Six total goals would be scored, highlighted by senior Jack Fisher (Ann Arbor, Mich. / Skyline) putting his first of two past the Sabres goalie. Despite the senior day heroics, the game would still head into the second half knotted at 4-4.
Each team score two goals in the third and fourth quarters, as it turned into a game of momentum. Marian scored the first two coming out of the intermission, followed up by four straight from the Red & White. Fischer's goal with 8:52 remaining in the game gave MSOE a two-goal lead, which was cut down to one less than 20 seconds later. The Sabres tied up the game once more with just over four minutes to go in regulation, the last shot to get past a netminder in the allotted 60 minutes of play. The Raiders first overtime game of the season was a quick one, with Marian taking the third seed by ending it 15 second into the extra frame to take the contest by the score of 9-8.
Despite the sub-.500 season overall, the Raiders 7-4 conference record was by far the best in program history. The previous high-water mark was 2017 when they went 5-3 to finish in fourth place.
MSOE STAT TRACKER
Jack Fisher – 2 goals, 1 caused turnover
Collin Fischer – 2 goals, 3 assists, 1 caused turnover
Will Borup (Telluride, Colo. / Telluride) – 4 caused turnovers, 3 ground balls
John Kubicki (Naperville, Ill. / Neuqua Valley) – 5 ground balls, 1 goal
Colin Hall (Glen Ellyn, Ill. / Benet Academy) – 12 saves
WHO'S ON DECK
The Raiders are now tasked with defeating Concordia-Wisconsin to keep their season going. That first round MLC tournament game will take place this Wednesday on the road at 4:00 pm.