Vikings come up short against Northland

Lawrence hockey action Nick Felan
Nick Felan picked up an assist for the Vikings against Northland.

APPLETON, Wis. -- Lawrence University dropped a 4-2 Northern Collegiate Hockey Association decision to Northland College on Friday at the Appleton Ice Center.

The Lumberjacks broke a 2-2 tie late in the second period and went on to the victory. 

Lawrence got goals from Josh Koepplinger and Cole Essig, and Evan Cline finished with 30 saves for the Vikings. David Krejcik made 30 saves to get the win for Northland (11-11-2, 9-6-2 NCHA).

Northland jumped out to a 2-0 lead with two goals in the first eight minutes of the opening period, but Lawrence cut that lead in half before the period was over. Koepplinger wedged a shot in a tight opening off a pass from Jake Drinkard to collect his ninth goal of the season. That tally with 3:12 left in the first trimmed the lead to 2-1.

The Vikings (5-17-2, 3-12-2) then tied it just 6:05 into the second period. After Northland's Jared Hester was sent off for elbowing, Essig scored on the ensuing power play off assists from Koepplinger and Nick Felan to tie the game at 2-2. Lawrence finished 1-for-2 on the power play, and the Lumberjacks were 0-for-3.

It stayed that way until Zackary Fisher scored his second goal of the game with 1:10 left in the second period for a 3-2 lead. The Lumberjacks added a goal from Max Glashauser at the 8:06 mark of the third for the final margin.

Lawrence pulled Cline for the final two minutes of the game but were unable to cut into the lead. Northland finished with a 34-33 edge in shots.