Lawrence goes on scoring spree against Saints

Lawrence hockey action Jake Drinkard
Jake Drinkard scored two goals and had three assists in Lawrence's 8-2 win at St. Scholastica.

DULUTH, Minn. -- Lawrence University hit a season high in goals Friday as the Vikings routed the College of St. Scholastica 8-2 in a Northern Collegiate Hockey Association game at Mars Lakeview Arena.

Jake Drinkard and Josh Koepplinger scored two goals apiece and Vincent Dekumbis collected four points for the Vikings. Six different players scored for the Vikings, who had not scored more than five goals in a game this season.

Evan Cline made 47 saves to earn the victory for the Vikings (5-14-1, 3-9-1 NCHA). Three goaltenders combined to stop 23 shots for the Saints (9-10-1, 4-8-1).

Lawrence jumped on top early as Drinkard scored off a pass from Dekumbis just 2:13 into the game. The Vikings made it 2-0 on Brandon Halvorsen's first collegiate goal, a power-play tally, at the 12:54 mark of the first. Lawrence finished 1-for-5 on the power play while the Saints were 0-for-4.

Drinkard, who also had three assists, scored again 2:36 later off passes from Dekumbis and Tomas Vesely to put the Vikings up 3-0 after one.

After St. Scholastica trimmed the lead to 3-1 in the first minute of the second period, Lawrence answered quickly. Koepplinger scored off an assist from Drinkard just 29 seconds after the Saints' goal to put the Vikings up 4-1.

Nick Felan, who has missed most of the season due to injury, got his first goal of the season at the 7:33 mark, and Koepplinger scored again at 10:48 to give Lawrence a 6-1 lead.

After Lawrence's Danny Toycen was whistled for goaltender interference early in the third period, Evan Ketner picked up a short-handed goal to give the Vikings a 7-1 lead. Dekumbis, who had three assists, competed the scoring with his goal at 11:01 of the third.

Forbes Ploszaj made just five saves in the first period and took the loss for St. Scholastica. The Saints had a 49-31 edge in shots.