Vikings score early to clip Falcons

Lawrence hockey action Jake Drinkard
Jake Drinkard scored twice for Lawrence in the Vikings' 5-2 win over Concordia Wisconsin.

APPLETON, Wis. -- Lawrence University jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period Tuesday and went on to a 5-2 Northern Collegiate Hockey Association victory over Concordia University Wisconsin at the Appleton Ice Center.

Jake Drinkard scored twice for the Vikings (3-8-0, 2-5-0 NCHA) and handed out an assist. Goaltender Evan Cline made 30 saves and allowed just one goal for Lawrence.

It was Drinkard who got the Vikings on the board midway through the opening period when he scored off an assist from Josh Koepplinger at the 11:12 mark.

After Lawrence's Chase Wiedemann was sent off for hooking less than a minute later, Drinkard struck again. He scored a short-handed goal just 15 seconds into the Concordia power play to the put the Vikings up 2-0.

Lawrence made it 3-0 on Stephen Zabrowski's goal at 13:45 as he scored off an assist from Matt Beranek. That chased starting goaltender Erik Schuette, who made 14 saves in the first period.

Concordia cut into the lead on an odd play in the final seconds of the opening period. With just five seconds left and a face-off in the Concordia end, the Vikings pulled Cline. However, Concordia won the draw and Dante Hahn was able to find the empty net with 0.7 seconds left to cut the lead to 3-1.

Lawrence quickly pushed the lead back to three as Vincent Dekumbis won the puck near his own blue line, skated into the Concordia end and beat goaltender Bo Didur for a 4-1 lead. Lawrence's Charles Stewart finished the scoring for the Vikings with his first collegiate goal off an assist from Drinkard at the 10:57 mark of the second.

Didur finished with 14 saves for the Falcons (2-8-1, 0-6-1).