ESTERO, FL – Taking on their biggest challenge of the year, the University of Mary hockey team defeated defending ACHA Division II national champion Florida Gulf Coast University 2-0 on the home ice of the Eagles. Undefeated in their inaugural season, this is the 15th straight win for the Marauders, who kept their perfect season record intact at 15-0.

Having already taken down many of last season’s top-ranked programs from the west, the Marauders turned their sights east and continued to make a statement about a new power in the American Collegiate Hockey Association.

The Marauders scored single goals in each of the first two periods before turning the game over to Aaron Nelson, who posted his third shutout of the year in eight starts.

Alex Flicek, keeping his goal-a-game average alive for UMary, opened the scoring just 4:39 into the contest. Taking a feed from Marshall Tschidaand Kyler Moore, the Marauders jumped quickly out in front of the Eagles. It was his team-leading 15th goal of the season for Flicek.

Moore continued to display his hot hand in the second period. Coming in with a hat trick and a 2-goal outburst in his last two games, the forward from Firestone, CO, doubled the Marauders lead with an unassisted goal at the 5:43 mark. Moore now has eight goals and five assists on the season. It is also his second straight game of both scoring a goal and posting an assist on the same night.

Already with 20 saves through two periods, Nelson added another 11 in the final period as the Marauders completed the shutout of the high-flying Eagles offense. FGCU scored 17 goals in two games last weekend to open its season with a pair of victories over Louisville.

For one of the few times this season the Marauders were outshot in a game as the Eagles held a 31-23 advantage in shots. In the final period the difference was 11-3 in favor of FGCU.

Nelson and the Marauders held the Eagles in check on four power play opportunities. UMary was unsuccessful on three man advantages.

The Marauders and the Eagles (2-1), national champions in three of the last six seasons, conclude their two-game set at 8:30 pm ET/7:30 pm CST on Saturday, Oct. 20.