Mosquera delivers shutout against Aurora

Lawrence hockey action Alex Mosquera
Alex Mosquera got his first career win and shutout against Aurora.

GENEVA, Ill. -- Talk about killing two birds with one stone.

Lawrence University goaltender Alex Mosquera recorded his first career win and shutout in one shot on Saturday night as the Vikings downed Aurora University 2-0 in a Northern Collegiate Hockey Association game at Fox Valley Ice Arena.

Making his first career start, Mosquera stopped 23 shots to get the win and shutout. He also ran his scoreless streak to 123:16 and is unscored upon in three appearances this season while recording 58 saves.

Aurora goaltender Josh Boyko made 24 saves but took the loss. It was the first loss of the season for the Spartans, who fell to 5-1-0, 3-1-0 in the league.

Lawrence (1-5-0, 1-3-0 NCHA) got on the board after Aurora's Anthony Yurkins was sent off for hooking at the 6:45 mark of the second. Jake Drinkard converted on the ensuing power play as he scored off assists from Curtis Weyerhaeuser and Vincent Dekumbis at 8:12.

The Vikings were still up 1-0 but had some tense moments after Lawrence was whistled for slashing with 2:02 left in the game. Aurora pulled Boyko so the Spartans had a two-man advantage on the power play for nearly all of the rest of regulation.

Lawrence stood up to the pressure, and Drinkard helped seal the win. Drinkard tipped away a pass and pushed it ahead to Evan Ketner, who scored the empty-net goal with 21 seconds remaining to secure the victory.

Lawrence finished 1-for-9 on the power play, and Aurora was 0-for-8.