Lodes scores late to lift Vikings to victory over Neumann

Lawrence hockey action Zach Lodes
Zach Lodes scored with 2:55 left to break the tie and give Lawrence a 5-4 win over Neumann.

ASTON, Pa. -- Zach Lodes' first career goal lifted the Lawrence University hockey team to a 5-4 nonconference victory over Neumann University on Friday at the Ice Works Skating Complex.

Lodes scored off a pass from fellow rookie Jordan Cooper with 2:55 remaining in the third period to break a 4-4 tie. It was Lodes' first career goal and point.

Evan Cline made 29 saves to pick up the victory for Lawrence (3-5-1), which rallied from a one-goal deficit entering the final period. 

Lawrence's Tyler Jensen scored his first career goal 2:55 into the game off assists from Ivan Galaguzov and Curtis Weyerhaeuser. Neumann bounced back to score the game's next two goals, but the Vikings quickly tied it up.

Will Robertson scored his first career goal at the 7:47 mark of the first period to tie the game at 2-2 as Vincent Dekumbis and James Scott collected assists.

Lawrence jumped back on top in the second when Jake Drinkard scored his sixth goal of the season off an assist from Galaguzov for a 3-2 edge at the 15:23 mark. That lead didn't last as the Knights scored two goals in the final 2:42 of the second, and that included Grant Universal's goal with one second left in the period to give Neumann a 4-3 lead.

The Vikings came back to tie the game quickly in the third period. Defenseman Brandon Halvorsen scored off a pass from Jensen 3:05 into the third to pull back even at 4-4. 

Lodes' game-winner came on a shot from the left face-off circle as he beat Neumann goaltender Tyler Roy. Roy finished with 23 saves and took the loss. The Knights pulled Roy for an extra attacker with 1:35 left, and Cline made a big save in the final minute to help preserve the victory.

The game saw just eight penalties total as Lawrence went 0-for-2 on the power play and the Knights were 0-for-4.

Lawrence finishes its trip to the East Coast as the Vikings play at Stevenson University in Maryland on Saturday.