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3HL mourns the loss of former player Marcus Andary

December 20, 2011

Marcus Andary, 21, an Iowa State University student, ISU hockey player and former player in the 3HL (CSHL) was killed in an accident in St. Paul, Minn. on Sunday night.

Lt. Eric Roeske of the Minnesota State Patrol said Andary was headed westbound on I-94 in his 2006 Dodge pickup and merged left into a 2001 Chevrolet Impala, driven by Alicia Kauffenberg, 22. Kauffenberg then lost control and rolled, partially blocking the left lane and shoulder.

"It was like a sideswipe-type crash, the initial one," Roeske said. "[Andary] was apparently merging into the left lane and made contact with the vehicle that was in the left lane."

Andary and Keith Barnes, 37, who witnessed the accident, attempted to assist Kauffenberg after her car had come to rest. At that point, a minivan driven by 62-year-old Euguene Farrell, collided with Andary, Barnes and Kauffenberg's vehicle, killing Andary and critically wounding Barnes and Kauffenberg.

According to the report by the Minnesota State Patrol, Farrell was arrested for DWI/criminal vehicular operation and booked into the Ramsey County Jail.

A spokesperson at Ramsey County Jail said Farrell was booked Monday morning, is currently being held at the jail and awaits formal charges, any bail and a potential hearing.

Roeske said the investigation is ongoing.

ISU hockey coach Al Murdoch said he was informed this morning by the father of Derek Kohles, a teammate to Andary both at Iowa State and when the two played junior hockey in Dubuque.

"I'm very shocked and sad it happened," Kohles said. "[I] can't put words to describe it."

Murdoch said Andary was sitting out this season to focus on his schoolwork — something that he was succeeding in. The coach said players sometimes struggle with the balance of athletics and school, and Andary was no different. He said the sophomore in supply chain management had done well his freshman year, and this fall semester, and was contemplating a return to the team.

"It's always hard financially [to balance hockey and school] — because we don't have any players on scholarship — to continue to focus on academics and perhaps rejoining the team at a later date," Murdoch said. "[It's] just a tremendous loss."

Murdoch described Andary as "and outstanding player," a "very, very hard worker," and "probably one of the best faceoff players we had."

"He left it all out on the ice," Murdoch said. "He played with a lot of heart and a lot of emotion."

As of now, Murdoch said any honors to Andary by the team are in the planning stages, but the coach does anticipate the team to at least honor his memory before the Cyclones' next home game on Jan. 13 against Kent State.

 
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