Big second period leads Vikings past UW-River Falls

Lawrence's Evan Cline stopped 44 shots in the Vikings' 3-2 win at UW-River Falls.
Lawrence's Evan Cline stopped 44 shots in the Vikings' 3-2 win at UW-River Falls.

RIVER FALLS, Wis. -- Lawrence University scored all three of its goals in the second period Friday, and Evan Cline was outstanding in net as the Vikings beat UW-River Falls 3-2 in a nonconference hockey game at Hunt Arena.

Cline stopped a season-high 44 shots for the Vikings, who won for the first time in four tries in the series with UW-River Falls. Lawrence (5-6-1) got goals from Josh Koepplinger, Zach Briscoe and Luke McDiarmid to rally from a 1-0 deficit. 

The Falcons led 1-0 on Joe Drapluk's goal just 20 seconds into the second period. The lead didn't last long as McDiarmid scored off an assist from Jordan Boehlke at the 5:04 mark to tie the game at 1-1.

Lawrence went on the power play for the first time in the game midway through the second period and quickly cashed in. Briscoe scored off assists from Nick Felan and Zach Satalino to put the Vikings up 2-1 at the 11:01 mark. Lawrence was 1-for-2 on the power play in the game.

Koepplinger then tallied the game-winner less than four minutes later off assists from Felan and Daniel Gysi for a 3-1 Lawrence lead. The Falcons trimmed the lead to 3-2 on Thomas Clayton's goal with 3:48 remaining in the second period.

The third period was scoreless, and Lawrence got great work from Cline and its penalty killers. Cline stopped 19 shots in the third period, and the Vikings killed off three penalties in the final 10:35. In the final two minutes, River Falls was already on the power play when it pulled goaltender Zach Quinn for the final 1:33. Despite the two-man advantage, Lawrence killed off the penalty to preserve the win.

River Falls went 0-for-3 on the power play.

The teams wrap up the series Saturday night as Lawrence goes for the sweep.