Lawrence rally comes up short against Gusties

Jacob Dobberstein scored the first goal of the season for the Vikings.
Jacob Dobberstein scored the first goal of the season for the Vikings.

APPLETON, Wis. -- The Lawrence University hockey team lost a 5-2 nonconference decision to Gustavus Adolphus College Friday night in the season opener at the Appleton Family Ice Center.

Lawrence gave up the first two goals, cut the lead to one and then had a goal disallowed as time expired in the second period. Gustavus built the lead to three goals before a five-minute penalty helped Lawrence get back in the game.

Jacob Dobberstein and Jordan Boehlke scored for the Vikings, and Evan Cline made 28 saves for Lawrence.

Lawrence trailed 2-0 in the first after the Gusties scored on a power-play goal and a short-hander. Lawrence got back into it when Dobberstein scored off assists from Charles Stewart and Curtis Weyerhaeuser on a two-man advantage at the 15:50 mark of the first.

The score stayed that way until late in the second period when the Vikings were on the power play. With the final seconds of the period ticking off, Daniel Gysi's shot from the point went over the shoulder of Gustavus goaltender Robbie Goor and into the net. The horn went off at the same time, and the officials waved off the goal to keep the Gusties ahead.

Gustavus scored on the power play early in the third period and then added another goal at the 13:37 mark for a 4-1 lead. 

A five-minute major whistled against the Gusties gave Lawrence another chance, and Boehlke scored on the power play with 4:52 remaining to cut the lead to 4-2. The power play remained in effect because of the major penalty, and Lawrence coach Mike Szkodzinski later pulled Cline in a last-ditch effort.

Gustavus got an empty-net goal as the penalty was winding down to seal the victory.

Goor finished with 26 saves for Gustavus.