The Viking men’s hockey team couldn’t deliver the kidney in a home-and-away series this past weekend against the Milwaukee School of Engineering. The squad was beaten by scores of 3-1 and 5-2. Paralleling their play throughout most of the season, the team’s performances seemed analogous to a life-support patient being considered for euthanasia; having random spurts of vitality poking through their generally comatose existence. Such performances inspire just enough interest in spectators so that they stick around but leave unsatisfied.
For example, the Vikes managed to grasp an early tie or lead in both games against MSOE with goals from Mason Oakes and Gharrity McNett. Despite the solid play of goaltender Andrew Isaac, the team scored only one more goal on the weekend and came out with the smaller of the two bananas in both games.
After a two week break, Lawrence will attempt to make some sort of statement at the MCHA tournament in Fon Du Lac on the 27th through 29th. The Vikings will play Northland, the team that has provided two of the three Lawrence wins on the season. This reporter sees that play-in round game as a threshold of potential season salvation. A win is expected and a run at the championship on Leap Day is by no means unattainable.