Men’s hockey drops one to the Forresters

Jon Mays

The Lawrence University men’s hockey team entered last Saturday’s game against Lake Forest with an unblemished 5-0-0 record in conference play, but the Foresters took no notice of the Vikings’ record, using a huge four-goal second period to put the game out of reach.
The Foresters Justin Taylor scored two goals in the final five minutes of the second period to basically extinguish any hope Lawrence had of a comeback.
With his team down 2-0 and half of the game over, freshman Viking defenseman Colin Smith scored his first career goal with 10:09 left in the second period. However, any hopes the Vikings had of closing the deficit were extinguished by Foresters captain Justin Taylor, who scored twice in the last five minutes of the period to bring the score to 4-1.
Ben DiMarco added a second Viking goal early in the third period, but the Foresters answered when Mike Rubino scored a short-handed empty-net goal. Rubino scored again with two minutes left in the game to close out the 6-2 victory for Lake Forest.
All-American goalie Evan Johnson had a tough game, making just 12 saves in the loss before being pulled after two periods.
The Vikings (6-5-0, 5-1-0 MSHA) will return to the ice this weekend for a home doubleheader against division rival Finlandia University (3-9-1, 2-6-0 MSHA.) The puck will drop at 7 p.m. Friday and at 4 p.m. Saturday.