Lawrence comeback falls short at Northland

Lawrence hockey action Josh Koepplinger
Josh Koepplinger scored two goals and picked up an assist against Northland.

ASHLAND, Wis. -- Lawrence University scored a pair of goals late in the third period Saturday, but Northland College hung on for a 5-4 Northern Collegiate Hockey Association victory at the Bay Area Civic Center.

Lawrence trailed 5-2 midway through the third period when Northland's Max Glashauser was sent off for slashing. The Vikings converted on the ensuing power play when Daniel Gysi found the back of the net with 4:40 remaining.

The Vikings then pulled goaltender Evan Cline for an extra attacker with two minutes remaining, and Lawrence struck again. Jake Drinkard scored with just 11 seconds remaining to trim the lead to 5-4, but Northland ran out the final seconds to secure the win.

Josh Koepplinger scored twice for the Vikings (5-15-1, 3-10-1 NCHA) and picked up an assist.

Koepplinger staked the Vikings to a 2-0 lead with a pair of goals in the first eight minutes of the opening period. Koepplinger scored at the 5:01 mark off assists from Drinkard and Brandon Halvorsen. Koepplinger then picked up an unassisted goal at the 7:04 mark for a 2-0 edge.

Northland (9-10-2, 7-5-2) got a goal from Kurt Sonne with 1:07 left in the first period to cut the lead in half. Northland then scored three times in the second period in a span of 5:10 to grab a 4-2 lead. 

Kyle Pouncy pushed the lead to 5-2 with a power-play goal at 9:19 of the third. The Lumberjacks were 1-for-4 on the power play, and Lawrence finished 1-for-2.

Evan Cline made 27 saves for Lawrence, and Daniel Krejcik stopped 15 shots to pick up the win.