LU Hockey Poaches Finlandia Lions

Jon Mays

The Lawrence University men’s hockey team pushed its current winning streak to four games with a pair of wins in the weekend series against the Finlandia Lions.
At Finlandia, the night of Friday, Jan. 9, Finlandia (6-6-0, 6-3-0) took the lead early in the second period when Chris Hendrickson scored on the Lawrence goalie, sophomore Evan Johnson. A few minutes later, freshman Jameson Raymond tied the game, with junior Josh DeSmit and freshman Matt Hughes carding the assists.
Junior Matt Jacobs gave Lawrence (6-7-0, 6-3-0 MCHA) the lead later in the period, and the Vikings didn’t look back. Johnson made several key saves, and Jacobs added another goal midway through the third period to make the final score 3-1 in favor of Lawrence. Senior Masa Takahashi and freshman Jon Belotti both picked up assists for Lawrence as well.
The Vikings and Lions were back in action the following night and the Lions once again took an early lead. The Vikings fell in a 2-0 hole before climbing back in the third period.
Junior Marc Howe scored the first Lawrence goal with Jacobs getting the assist. DeSmit scored his first goal of the season to tie the game at 2-2. The game went into overtime. It looked ready to be called a tie, but DeSmit scored again, this time with just 0.7 seconds left.
Raymond picked up an assist, his second of the day, and sophomore Corey Garrett also was credited with an assist. Johnson, at goalie, earned the win, improving to a personal 7-5-0 on the year.
Lawrence will face off with Concordia University in a home-and-home series this weekend.