Second-period burst costly for Vikings in loss to SNC

Lawrence hockey action Evan Ketner
Evan Ketner scored for the Vikings against St. Norbert.

DE PERE, Wis. -- Lawrence University allowed two goals in the final two minutes of the second period Saturday, and that propelled No. 14 St. Norbert College to a 5-2 victory over the Vikings in a Northern Collegiate Hockey Association playoff game.

The Green Knights won the two-game Harris Cup quarterfinal series 2-0.

The game was tied at 1-1 in the second thanks to Evan Ketner's power-play goal for the Vikings (6-19-2). After St. Norbert's Keegan Milligan was sent off for tripping at the 4:50 mark, Ketner scored off assists from Vincent Dekumbis and Daniel Gysi just 22 seconds later to tie the game at 1-1. It was the first power-play goal allowed by the Green Knights since Jan. 11, a stretch of 43 successful penalty kills.

Lawrence went 1-for-4 on the power play, and St. Norbert was 1-for-6.

The score stayed that way until Brendan Aird scored on the power play for St. Norbert with 1:43 left in the second. St. Norbert then made it 3-1 on Steven Mather's goal with just 40 seconds left in the second.

The Green Knights (16-9-2) added another goal early in the third period for a 4-1 edge, but the Vikings struck back. Lawrence's Brandon Halvorsen scored an unassisted goal at the 10:09 mark to trim the margin to 4-2.

That's as close as Lawrence would get, but the Vikings did pull goaltender Evan Cline in the final two minutes. St. Norbert added an empty-net goal to seal the victory.

Cline stopped 46 shots for Lawrence, and Colby Entz made 21 saves for St. Norbert.