Vikings power past Finlandia with big third period

Lawrence hockey action Ivan Galaguzov
Ivan Galaguzov scored twice in Lawrence's 5-2 win over Finlandia.

APPLETON, Wis. -- Lawrence University scored four times in the third period Saturday to power to a 5-2 Northern Collegiate Hockey Association win over Finlandia University at the Appleton Ice Center.

The game was tied 1-1 heading to the third before rookie forward Ivan Galaguzov scored twice and Jake Drinkard and Jordan Cooper also added goals as the Vikings pulled away.

Goaltender Alex Mosquera picked up the win as he made 22 saves for Lawrence (2-5-1, 2-3-1 NCHA). Santeri Seppinen stopped 25 shots for Finlandia (0-6-1, 0-5-1) and took the loss.

A pair of Vikings got their first collegiate goals, and James Scott was the first as he scored just 2:06 into the second period off assists from Curtis Weyerhaeuser and Chase Wiedemann for a 1-0 lead. The Lions countered with a goal in the final minute of the period to send the game to the third tied 1-1.

The Vikings broke that tie after Owen Pietila got sent off for tripping at the 6:17 mark. Galaguzov scored on the power play with a shot from the face-off circle at the 7:35 mark as Daniel Gysi and Vincent Dekumbis picked up assists.

The lead moved to 3-1 as Galaguzov scored off assists from Tyler Jensen and Maxim Plekhov at the 12:05 mark.

Pietila took a slashing penalty as that goal was being scored, and Lawrence went back on the power play. Drinkard converted on the man-advantage less than a minute later as he scored off assists by Dekumbis and Evan Ketner at 13:02 for a 4-1 lead.

Lawrence finished 2-for-4 on the power play, and Finlandia was 1-for-6.

The Lions got a power-play goal from Connor Hannon at 14:12 but that momentum didn't last long.

Lawrence answered with Cooper's first collegiate goal just 13 seconds later off an assist by Ketner to complete the scoring.

Lawrence posted a 30-24 edge in shots.