Vikings fall to Concordia

Lawrence hockey action Evan Cline
Evan Cline made 51 saves for the Vikings.

APPLETON, Wis. -- Two first-period goals were the difference Friday night as Lawrence University dropped a 3-0 Northern Collegiate Hockey Association decision to Concordia University Wisconsin at the Appleton Ice Center.

The Falcons scored midway through the first and added a goal late in the period to gain the early edge. That was enough offense for Concordia (9-5-2, 5-4-2 NCHA), which got a shutout performance from Bo Didur in net. Didur made 31 saves to earn the victory.

Evan Cline was outstanding in net for the Vikings (5-10-1, 4-6-1) as he allowed just two goals while making a season-high 51 saves. Cline stopped 16 shots in the opening period, 13 in the second and 22 in the third.

Brandon Picard scored both first period goals for the Falcons. He scored off a faceoff at the 9:26 mark and then added a goal at the 17:06 mark to stake Concordia to the 2-0 advantage.

The Vikings were trying to climb back into the game late in the third after Concordia's Braydon Barker was sent off for elbowing with 1:50 remaining. Lawrence pulled Cline to give the Vikings an extra attacker on the power play, but Concordia got control of the puck off the ensuing faceoff and scored just five seconds later to seal the win.

The teams wrap up the series Saturday night in Mequon.