Hockey splits with UM-Crookston

Schneider, Andrew

The LU hockey team split last weekend’s
series with Minnesota-Crookston, posting a 3-2 win Friday before losing 4-3 Saturday. The split between the Vikings and the Golden Eagles (4-13-2, 4-9-1 MCHA) means that the two teams remain 4th and 5th place in conference standings. The Vikings are now 7-10-2 overall and 6-6-2 in conference, which puts them within striking distance of 2nd place where Marian and Finlandia are logjammed.
In Friday night’s game, Crookston struck first at the 9:11 mark of the second
period. The Eagles outshot LU by a 2:1 ratio in the first period; however the the Vikes answered back in the second, outshooting UM-C 14-8. Freshman Adam Brand scored the equalizer at the 12:16 mark of the second, with assists from Joe MacDonald and David Olynyk.
Despite being outshot 17-6 in the third period, the Vikings were able to grab their first lead of the game at 12:01 of the final period. The score came on a Pete Mossberg goal set up from a Joe Searl assist. However the lead would not hold. Crookston capitalized on a 5-on-3 power play late in the third period to make it a 2-2 game. With the game still tied at the end of regulation, the game headed to overtime.
Joe Searl got the game winner 3:22 into the extra session. Andrew Isaac had 39 saves in the win.
Friday’s first period saw no goals; Saturday night saw a different story. Crookston took advantage of two power plays, skating to a 3-1 lead after a period. The lone Vikings goal came from David Olynyk with assists by Aaron LaFave and Mossberg. The Golden Eagles added to their lead early in the second period and took a 4-1 lead into the second intermission. Lawrence wasn’t finished quite yet, with Searl scoring at 6:01 and MacDonald at 10:43, but the late charge by LU wasn’t enough.
Searl was named the MCHA Player-of-the-Week for his 3-point weekend performance, including Friday night’s game winning goal. Lawrence is only 2 points back from Marian and Finlandia heading into this weekend’s series with Finlandia, making this weekend extremely important in determining the conference standings down the final stretch.