Joehnk scores twice as Lawrence cuts down Lumberjacks

Lawrence's Mikkel Joehnk scored twice in the Vikings' 5-2 victory over Northland.
Lawrence's Mikkel Joehnk scored twice in the Vikings' 5-2 victory over Northland.

APPLETON, Wis. — Lawrence University jumped out to a four-goal lead for the second consecutive night, and the Vikings went on to a 5-2 Northern Collegiate Hockey Association victory over Northland College at the Appleton Family Ice Center on Saturday.

The Vikings (10-10-1, 8-6-0 NCHA) scored twice in the first period and added two more in the second to take command. Lawrence kept Northland (8-11-2, 5-8-1) off the board until midway through the second period, and the Vikings scored early in the third to help seal the victory.

Mikkel Joehnk scored a pair of goals for Lawrence, and the conference's leading scorer, Lane King, added a goal and two assists.

Lawrence goaltender Evan Cline stopped 38 shots to pick up the victory. Victor Forslund allowed four goals and made 14 saves for Northland. A.J. Smith played the final 33-plus minutes and stopped 15 shots for the Lumberjacks.

Joehnk got Lawrence on the board just 7:08 into the first as he scored off assists from King and Josh Koepplinger. The Vikings quickly made it 2-0 when King scored just 2:25 later on the power play.

Lawrence struck for a pair of goals in a 45-second span in the second period. Joehnk scored at the 6:09 mark with King and Koepplinger again picking up assists. Zach Briscoe then scored at 6:54 with Danny Toycen and Austin Frank picking up helpers to give the Vikings a 4-0 edge.

The Lumberjacks cut the lead to 4-1, but Stephen Zabrowski added a goal at the 6:46 mark of the third to stretch the lead back to four for the Vikings.