Vikings can't bounce back from early deficit at SNC

Lawrence hockey action Tom Yurisich
Tom Yurisich scored his first collegiate goal Friday at St. Norbert.

DE PERE, Wis. -- Lawrence University fell behind early Friday and couldn't recover in an 8-2 Northern Collegiate Hockey Association playoff loss to No. 14 St. Norbert College at the Cornerstone Community Center.

Lawrence will need a win in Saturday's second game of the quarterfinal series to force a decisive mini-game.

The Green Knights scored three times, including a short-hander, in the opening 9:44 to take control early. The Green Knights added a goal midway through the second for a 4-0 lead.

Lawrence's Charles Stewart scored off a pass from Jake Drinkard at the 16:51 mark of the second to trim the lead to 4-1, but the Green Knights added a power-play goal with just 27 seconds left in the second for a 5-1 edge. St. Norbert went 1-for-5 on the power play, and Lawrence was 0-for-4.

St. Norbert added three more goals, including two by Kurt Black to complete a hat trick, to take an 8-1 edge. Lawrence rookie defenseman Tom Yurisich scored his first collegiate goal off an assist by Vincent Dekumbis with 1:08 remaining for the final margin.

Lawrence goaltender Evan Cline played the first two periods and made 29 saves. Rookie Brian Tallieu made five saves in the third for the Vikings (6-18-2). Colby Entz stopped 20 shots for St. Norbert (15-9-2).