Procopio shines as Vikings top Neumann

Greg Procopio made 41 saves for the Vikings in a 3-2 win over Neumann.
Greg Procopio made 41 saves for the Vikings in a 3-2 win over Neumann.

APPLETON, Wis. -- The Lawrence University hockey team scored three times in the second period and goaltender Greg Procopio was outstanding in net as the Vikings topped Neumann University 3-2 in a nonconference game at the Appleton Ice Center.

Procopio stopped 41 shots on the night to help deliver the victory for the Vikings.

Lawrence (1-6-0) trailed 1-0 entering the second period, but the Vikings quickly tied the game. Senior forward Josh Koepplinger scored off assists from Danny Toycen and Jake Drinkard just 37 seconds into the period to tie it at 1-1.

The Vikings grabbed the lead just a few minutes later when Chase Wiedemann found the back of the net off assists from Matt Meininger and Cole Essig at the 4:09 mark. 

Lawrence expanded the lead on the power play midway through the second. After Neumann's Zac Boyle was sent off for hitting after the whistle, Curtis Weyerhaeuser cashed in on the man-advantage by scoring his first collegiate goal off assists from Evan Ketner and Koepplinger at the 9:06 mark.

Neumann got a power-play tally of its own with 8:20 left in the final period when Glenn Forczak scored to trim the lead to 3-2. The Knights (0-6-2) then pulled goaltender Mike Cosentino for all but 10 seconds of the final 1:48 but could not get the equalizer.

Procopio stopped 14 shots in the final period and made several outstanding saves down the stretch to preserve the victory. Cosentino took the loss and finished with 28 saves for the Knights.