Third-period surge pushes Lawrence past Middlebury

Lawrence's Nick Felan scored the game-winning goal in the Vikings' 6-3 victory at Middlebury.
Lawrence's Nick Felan scored the game-winning goal in the Vikings' 6-3 victory at Middlebury.

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- The Lawrence University hockey team scored four times in the third period Friday to claim a 6-3 nonconference win at Middlebury College in the semifinals of the PrimeLink Great Northern ShootOut at Kenyon Arena.

Lawrence (3-4-0) claimed a spot in Saturday's tournament title game against Plattsburgh State. Plattsburgh defeated defending national champion Norwich University 4-1 in the other semifinal.

Lawrence goaltender Evan Cline stopped 24 shots to pick up the victory. Stephen Klein stopped 30 shots for the Panthers (0-3-0).

Jake Roeper gave Lawrence a 3-2 lead with his first goal of the season just 3:56 into the third period, but Middlebury's Owen Powers tied it at 3-3 at the 8:51 mark.

It took the Vikings less than three minutes to take the lead back for good. Nick Felan scored off assists from Lane King and Josh Koepplinger at the 11:40 mark to put Lawrence up 4-3. 

The Vikings' Tomas Vesely was then sent off for elbowing at the 14:27 mark, but Lawrence killed off the penalty. Just 38 seconds after the penalty expired, Koepplinger scored off an assist from Mikkel Joehnk to put Lawrence up 5-3.

King then sealed the win with an empty-net goal with 1:22 left.

The teams traded goals through the first two periods. Middlebury scored first, but Lawrence rookie Zach Briscoe got his first career goal at the 6:28 mark of the first to tie it at 1-1.

Middlebury got the lead back on a goal at the 8:59 mark of the first, but Matt Beranek tied it at 2-2 with a goal at the 12:22 mark of the second.

Lawrence had a 36-27 edge in shots, and both teams finished 0-for-4 on the power play.