Hockey loses twice against MSOE

Jon Mays

The Lawrence men’s hockey team dropped a pair of games to the nationally ranked Milwaukee School of Engineering this weekend. The Vikings (9-9-1, 7-7-0 MCHA) have now lost four games in a row, all to nationally ranked opponents, as they were swept by Adrian College in last weekend’s series.
The Vikings could not get anything going offensively in the opener of the MSOE series, which was played on Lawrence’s home ice. Lawrence was held scoreless in the game, and allowed goals in both the first and second periods.
The Vikings appeared to have trimmed the Raiders’ lead to 2-1 after Reijo Wahlin put the puck in the back of the net, but the official waived off the goal for a high stick.
The penalty kill for both teams was superb as the Vikings went 0-6 on the power play but held the Raiders (15-3-1, 12-1-1 MCHA) scoreless as well as MSOE went 0-7 while up a skater.
The second game was a different story on the power play, as Lawrence scored both their goals with a man advantage, and MSOE added two power-play goals as well. However, the Raiders scored three consecutive goals to break open a 1-1 tie and complete the sweep over the Vikings.
Jameson Raymond had scored for Lawrence to tie the game at a goal apiece, but the Vikings wouldn’t score again until just three minutes left, when the game was nearly out of reach.
Derek Brickan scored late in the game to cut the lead to 4-2, but the Vikings couldn’t cut any more into the deficit.
The Vikings have two home games against Northland College this weekend as they look to get back to their winning ways. The games will begin 7 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday.

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