The Lawrence University men’s hockey team has started its season 3-0 for the second time in school history after a win against UW-Eau Claire and a weekend sweep of Concordia University. The team is also receiving national attention for the first time in the school’s history. The Vikings received five points in the most recent national poll, which placed them in the poll’s “others receiving votes” section in 21st place overall. All-American goaltender Evan Johnson likes the way the team is playing, but he would prefer that the Vikings stay away from the hype of being in the national spotlight. “We still have a long way to go. Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to be recognized across the country, but it’s more important that we have started the season undefeated.” In the season opener, the Vikings erased two UW-Eau Claire leads to win the game on the road. The first Lawrence goal came near the end of the first period with the Vikings trailing 1-0. Ben DiMarco notched the goal for the Vikings with Gustav Ahlberg and Corey Garrett assisting him on the score. UW-Eau Claire would regain the lead with a goal early in the second period, but from that point on, Evan Johnson’s goaltending appeared in midseason form. Evan Johnson held the Blugolds to those two goals as Brad Scurfield and Senior Marc Howe scored to put the Vikings ahead for good. Sophomore forward Sam Johnson assisted on both of the goals, with Josh DeSmit and Mike Ackley each adding an assist on one of the goals. Following their tough season opener, the Vikings opened up conference play with a home-and-home series against Concordia University. Lawrence opened up the series with a huge 8-1 victory highlighted by DiMarco’s first career hat trick and Jameson Raymond’s four assists. The following evening, the Vikings completed the sweep with a 4-2 victory. Howe broke the Lawrence record for career goals with his score in the first period. The pair of easy conference victories bodes well for the remainder of the season, as the Vikings were able to rest some of their key players. Lawrence will hit the ice again this weekend with games against Lake Forest and nationally ranked UW-Superior.