Koepplinger's hat trick powers Vikings to rout of Finlandia

Lawrence's Josh Koepplinger had a hat trick in the Vikings' 9-2 win over Finlandia.
Lawrence's Josh Koepplinger had a hat trick in the Vikings' 9-2 win over Finlandia.

APPLETON, Wis. -- Lawrence University's offensive went wild on Saturday and steamrolled to a 9-2 Northern Collegiate Hockey Association victory over Finlandia University at the Appleton Family Ice Center.

Josh Koepplinger recorded his first career hat trick for Lawrence, and Nick Felan, Austin Frank and Zach Satalino had three assists apiece for the Vikings.

The nine goals ties the most Lawrence has scored since moving into the Appleton Family Ice Center nearly two decades ago. Lawrence posted a 9-3 victory over Northland College back on Dec. 16, 2001. It also is the most goals scored by the Vikings since a 10-1 victory at Northland on Nov. 9, 2012.

Evan Cline stopped 25 shots to pick up the victory for Lawrence (4-6-0, 3-3-0 NCHA). Matt Arnold made the start for Finlandia (0-9-1, 0-5-1) but allowed two goals in the opening period before giving way to Marcus Gloss late in the first. They combined for 39 saves as the Vikings fired 48 shots on net.

Lawrence got the scoring started with Jacob Dobberstein's first career goal just 3:34 into the game. It stayed that way until Lane King scored on the power play at the 17:05 mark. King finished with a goal and two assists. Lawrence scored again just 34 seconds later as Koepplinger picked up his first goal of the night for a 3-0 edge after one.

Lawrence scored three more times in the second period in a span of 4:24. Mikkel Joehnk got that outburst started with a goal at the 11:35 mark, and Jordan Boehlke picked up his first career goal at the 14:05 mark for a 5-0 edge. Koepplinger made it 6-0 with a power-play goal at the 15:59 mark, and Finlandia got a goal from Matt Benolkin with just one second left in the period to trim the margin to 6-1.

Finlandia made it 6-2 on Avery Huibregtse's short-handed goal early in the third, but the Vikings weren't done. Matt Montemurro scored on the power play at the 12:05 mark to give Lawrence a 7-1 edge, and Zach Briscoe scored at the 16:49 mark for an 8-2 lead. 

Koepplinger then completed the hat trick with a goal at the 18:12 mark for the final margin. It's the first hat trick for a Lawrence player since Blake Roubos did it against Gustavus Adolphus on Nov. 29, 2013.