Vikes battle Marian in weekend series

Jon Mays

The Lawrence men’s hockey team could not continue the scoring proficiency they displayed last weekend, only scoring one goal over the weekend series with Marian. That loss of momentum resulted in a loss and a tie for the Vikings (9-9-1, 9-4-1 MCHA).
In the first game of the series, Marian (10-6-1, 10-3-0 MCHA) scored both a short-handed goal and a power-play goal in the second period. These goals turned out to be the only of the game for either team, and Marian earned the victory 2-0. The loss snapped a nine-game conference win streak for the Vikings, a school-record.
The next night the scoring was just as scarce, but this time Lawrence scored a goal of their own and tied the second game of the series. The tie was the first of the season for the Vikings. Marian scored halfway through the first period to take a 1-0 lead. Lawrence came back with a goal of their own in the second period when Scott Minarcik scored his fourth goal of the season. The assists went to Ben DiMarco and Corey Garrett. The scoring would end there for both teams, and each team could only manage a shot in overtime.
Neither team was able to capitalize on multiple power-play opportunities as Lawrence went 0-6 and Marian was 0-3 on the man advantage. One of the power-play opportunities came in overtime for the Vikings. The shots were essentially equal in the game with Marian holding the slight edge at 31-30.
The Vikings take the ice again next weekend when they take the long bus ride to Minnesota-Crookston.