Lawrence drops nail-biter to Stevenson

Evan Cline made 30 saves in Lawrence's 3-0 win over UW-River Falls.
Evan Cline made 30 saves in Lawrence's 3-0 win over UW-River Falls.

APPLETON, Wis. -- The Lawrence University hockey team pressured Stevenson University to the final buzzer Saturday, but the Mustangs held on for a 1-0 nonconference victory at the Appleton Ice Center.

Lawrence pulled its goaltender for the final 1:22, but Stevenson made several big saves in the final minute to preserve the win.

The only goal of the game came just 36 seconds into the second period when Nick Gray put in a rebound to get the Mustangs (5-3-0) on the board.

Evan Cline made 28 saves for Lawrence, and Riley McVeigh stopped 26 shots to earn the shutout for Stevenson.

Lawrence had to battle on the penalty kill to keep the game scoreless after one period. Lawrence picked up a five-minute major for contact to the head and were seconds away from killing off that penalty when Evan Ketner was whistled for cross-checking. The Vikings did manage to kill off both penalties as Stevenson was on the power play for a stretch of 6:51.

The Vikings then killed off another five-minute penalty in the second period to keep it a one-goal deficit. Lawrence went 6-for-6 on the penalty kill, and the Vikings are now 23-for-24 on the penalty kill in the last four games.

Lawrence pulled Cline for the final 1:22 in an attempt to get the equalizer, but McVeigh made several saves in the final minute to keep the Vikings off the board. The Vikings were hammering away at the puck in front of the net when the final horn sounded.