Vikings edged by St. Scholastica in season finale

Lawrence hockey action Greg Procopio
Senior Greg Procopio made the start in net for the Vikings in net in the season finale.

APPLETON, Wis. -- Lawrence University rallied in the final period Saturday, but the College of St. Scholastica hung on for a 5-4 Northern Collegiate Hockey Association victory at the Appleton Ice Center.

Lawrence scored twice in the third period to cut the deficit to one and pulled the goaltender for the final 90 seconds, but the Saints survived for the win.

The Saints pulled out to a 5-2 lead after two periods, but Lawrence cut into the deficit midway through the third period. A pair of seniors playing in their final game both scored in the third for the Vikings.

Josh Koepplinger scored his 10th goal of the season with a power-play tally at the 9:51 mark to trim the lead to 5-3. Senior defenseman Tomas Vesely then scored off assists from Koepplinger and Daniel Gysi at the 14:11 mark to trim the lead to 5-4.

Lawrence was whistled for a five-minute penalty at the 15:39 mark and had to spend the rest of the game on the penalty kill. The Vikings still pulled goaltender Greg Procopio with 90 seconds left, but Lawrence could not get the equalizer.

St. Scholastica goaltender Nick Trenciansky made 34 saves to pick up the win. Procopio stopped 24 shots for the Vikings, who had a 38-30 edge in shots on goal. Lawrence's Evan Cline also picked up a save as the Vikings switched goaltenders twice in the final period.

Lawrence jumped out to an early lead when Charles Stewart scored off an assist from Jake Drinkard just 2:14 into the game. The Saints tied it on a power-play goal at the 13:32 mark, but Vincent Dekumbis scored on the power play for the Vikings at the 14:25 mark to give Lawrence a 2-1 lead. Koepplinger and Evan Ketner both collected assists on that goal.

Lawrence (5-18-2, 3-13-2 NCHA) went 2-for-8 on the power play, and the Saints were 2-for-3.

St. Scholastica (11-13-1, 6-11-1) then seized control of the game with three goals in a six-minute span in the second to grab a 4-2 edge. The Saints added a power-play goal in the final minute of the second to lead 5-2 after two.