DULUTH, Minn. -- The third period started and finished with a bang Saturday for Lawrence University.
Jake Drinkard opened the final period with what proved to be the game-winning goal, and Matt Meininger finished it with a game-sealing empty-netter as the Vikings downed the College of St. Scholastica 3-1 in a Northern Collegiate Hockey Association game at Mars Lakeview Arena.
The game was tied 1-1 heading to the third when St. Scholastica's Isaac Kobienia was sent off for roughing just 53 seconds into the period. It took the Vikings just eight seconds to convert on the power play as Drinkard banged home his eighth goal of the season off assists from Ivan Galaguzov and Daniel Gysi to give Lawrence (5-8-1, 4-5-1 NCHA) a 2-1 lead.
The Vikings finished 1-for-4 on the power play, and St. Scholastica was 0-for-3.
The score stayed that way deep into the final period, and the Saints (5-8-1, 3-6-1) pulled their goaltender with just over two minutes left. Lawrence's Curtis Weyerhaeuser was then whistled for holding with 1:43 remaining, and St. Scholastica now had a two-man advantage with the power play and an extra attacker.
The Saints fired several shots at Lawrence goaltender Brian Tallieu but couldn't get the equalizer. Meininger finally corralled a loose puck about 15 feet in front of Tallieu and fired it the length of the ice into the empty net with just 19 seconds remaining.
Tallieu stopped 38 shots to pick up the victory for the Vikings. Two St. Scholastica goaltenders combined to make 29 saves.
St. Scholastica got the scoring started on Brandon Schweickert's goal at the 8:05 mark of the first. Lawrence tied it early in the second period when Tyler Jensen scored off assists by Meininger and Jordan Boehlke at the 3:51 mark.