Frank’s third-period goals lift Vikings past St. Olaf

FOND DU LAC, Wis. — Austin Frank scored twice in the final 6:20 Saturday to lift the Lawrence University hockey team to a 4-3 non-conference victory over St. Olaf College.

The game was part of the Thanksgiving Showdown at the Blue Line Ice Center. It also was victory No. 100 for Lawrence coach Mike Szkodzinski.

Lawrence (3-5-0) trailed 3-2 after Peter Lindblad’s power-play goal just 2:27 into the third period. All three of St. Olaf’s goals came on the man-advantage.

Lawrence struck back on the power play after Judd Loewenstein was sent off for cross-checking at 13:08. Frank, off assists from Brandon Boelter and Nick Felan, scored at the 13:40 mark to tie the game at 3-3.

The Vikings then killed off a penalty before getting the game-winner. Frank scored with just 1:15 left off assists from Brad Mueller and Sean Reynolds to give Lawrence the lead.

St. Olaf (2-5-3) pulled goaltender Robert MacDonald for the final 56 seconds but couldn’t get the equalizer. MacDonald made 27 saves for the Oles.

Mattias Soderqvist stopped 25 shots to pick up the win for Lawrence.

Josh Koepplinger gave Lawrence a 1-0 lead when he scored on the power play at 7:21 of the first with assists from Felan and Renato Engler. The Oles tied it with Lindblad’s power-play with with 2:00 left in the first.

Mikkel Joehnk put Lawrence on top 2-1 with a goal 4:37 into the second as Koepplinger and Mueller picked up assists. St. Olaf tied it at 2-2 on Ole Setsaas’ power-play goal at the 9:57 mark.

The Vikings went 2-for-9 on the power play, and St. Olaf was 3-for-8.

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Tenth-ranked Blugolds shut out Lawrence

FOND DU LAC, Wis. — The No. 10 UW-Eau Claire hockey team scored early and never looked back en route to a 7-0 non-conference win over Lawrence University on Friday.

The game was part of the Thanksgiving Showdown at the Blue Line Ice Center.

Brandon Wahlin scored just 3:50 into the game and the Blugolds (6-1-2) were on their way. Wahlin also added a goal in the third period.

Ethan Nauman scored midway through the first period, and the Blugolds led 2-0 after the first. Garret Clemment then scored at the 12:08 mark of the second for a 3-0 after two.

Eau Claire then scored four times in the third to break the game wide open.

Tyler Green made 19 saves to pick up the shutout for Eau Claire. Freshman Greg Procopio, playing in his first collegiate game, made 30 saves for Lawrence (2-5-0).

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Vikings start slow, fall to Lake Forest

APPLETON, Wis. — The Lake Forest College women’s basketball team jumped out to a 12-0 lead Wednesday and went on to a 60-36 Midwest Conference win over Lawrence University at Alexander Gymnasium.

K.C. Stralka posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Foresters (1-1, 1-0 MWC). Brie Majkowski, Michelle Ricolcol and Brittany Avonts had eight points apiece for Lake Forest.

Liz Arco scored a game-high 12 points to pace Lawrence (0-3, 0-2), and Andrea Wilkinson added eight points.

The Foresters kept Lawrence off the board until Sammi Jo Nixon’s 3-pointer with 3:41 left in the opening quarter trimmed the margin to 12-3. Lake Forest would go on to lead 15-7 after the opening 10 minutes.

The Vikings got a layup from Arco and a 3-pointer from Patsy Kealey to cut the lead to 15-12 with 8:40 left in the second quarter. Lake Forest finished the first half on a 10-2 run and pushed the lead to 25-14 at the half.

The Foresters pushed the lead to 20 points late in the third quarter and would go on to lead by as many as 26 points in the final period.

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Lake Forest holds off Lawrence

APPLETON, Wis. — The Lake Forest College men’s basketball team took the lead midway through the second half Wednesday and then held off a late charge by Lawrence University to post a 77-69 Midwest Conference victory at Alexander Gymnasium.

Freshman Danny Sotos scored a game-high 29 points for Lake Forest (1-2, 1-0 MWC) and hit 10-of-15 shots from the floor, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range. Jim Schick added a double-double of 15 points and 16 rebounds for the Foresters.

Jamie Nikitas led Lawrence (1-3, 1-1) with 28 points, and he picked up five rebounds, five assists and six steals.

The Vikings led 45-40 after Mitch Willer’s free throw with 14:10 remaining when the Foresters surged ahead. Lake Forest went on a 13-1 run, capped by Sotos’ layup with 9:14 left, to take a 53-46 lead.

Lawrence came right back as Evan McLaughlin scored five points as part of a 9-4 Lawrence burst to cut the lead to 57-55. The Foresters then scored 10 of the game’s next 12 points to push the advantage back to 67-57.

The Vikings battled back, getting a key 3-pointer from Jeremy Stephani, and trimmed the margin to 72-69 on Nikitas’ layup with 49 seconds left. The Foresters then made 5-of-7 free throws in the final 31 seconds to seal the win.

Ben Peterson scored a career-high 10 points for Lawrence, and Pete Winslow added nine points.

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Vikings roll to rout of Finlandia

HANCOCK, Mich. — Lawrence University broke on top early Saturday and never looked back en route to a 7-2 Northern Collegiate Hockey Association victory over Finlandia University at Houghton County Arena.

Ryan Rumble and Sean Reynolds scored two goals apiece, and Renato Engler had a goal and three assists for the Vikings (2-4-0, 2-2-0 NCHA). Sophomore Lane King, who transferred to Lawrence from Finlandia earlier this year, picked up three assists against his former mates.

Mattias Soderqvist made 25 saves to earn the victory for Lawrence.

The Vikings broke on top less than five minutes into the game. After Lawrence’s Ryan Eardley was sent off for interference at the 3:49 mark, Renato Engler scored a short-hander at 4:44 and Lawrence led 1-0.

The score stayed that way until early in the second when Rumble scored an even-strength goal 2:27 into the period. Reynolds scored on the power play at 13:36, and Eardley added a goal at 15:53 off a feed from Engler to make it 4-0.

Freshman Josh Koepplinger scored just 2:32 into the third to put the Vikings up 5-0, and Reynolds stretched the lead to 6-0 when he scored Lawrence’s second short-hander of the night off a pass from Engler.

The Lions broke up the shutout with a pair of power-play goals late in the third, and Rumble scored again with 1:10 remaining to complete the scoring for Lawrence.

The seven goals is the most in a game for Lawrence since the Vikings defeated Northland College 8-6 back on Nov. 10, 2012.

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Nikitas scores 34 but Vikings fall in OT at Ripon

RIPON, Wis. — Ty Sabin’s 3-pointer in overtime gave the Ripon College men’s basketball team the lead for good Saturday, and the Red Hawks went on to an 88-80 Midwest Conference victory over Lawrence University at the Storzer Center.

Ty Sabin scored 34 points to pace Ripon (1-1, 1-0 MWC), and Ty Ketz added 21. Koy Brecklin had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Red Hawks.

Jamie Nikitas scored a career-high 34 points, grabbed nine rebounds, handed out five assists and picked up three steals for the Vikings (1-2, 0-1). Troy Miller added 16 points for Lawrence.

After Pete Winslow’s three-point play gave the Vikings a 77-75 lead with 3:06 left in overtime, Sabin countered with a 3-pointer for a 78-77 advantage.

After the Vikings missed a 3-pointer, Ketz made a pair of free throws and Sabin followed with a layup as Ripon pulled away.

The Vikings trailed by 10 with six minutes left in regulation, but Lawrence went on a 12-1 run to take the lead.

Ben Peterson hit a jumper and Miller made a pair of free throws to start the rally. Jeremy Stephani and Miller hit back-to-back 3-pointers, and Nikitas’ layup with 3:29 left put Lawrence up 63-62.

Lawrence was up 70-66 after Nikitas’ jumper with 27 seconds left, but Brecklin grabbed an offensive rebound on the next possession and was fouled. He hit the first free throw, missed the second and Ripon grabbed the rebound again.

Sabin was then fouled on a 3-point try and made all three free throws with 17 seconds left to tie the game at 70-70. The Vikings missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have won it.

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Lawrence comes up short at Ripon

RIPON, Wis. — The Ripon College women’s basketball team pulled away in the second quarter and kept Lawrence University at bay the rest of the game in a 74-57 Midwest Conference victory at the Storzer Center.

Freshman Maggie Oimoen scored 22 points on 11-of-14 shooting to pace Ripon (2-0, 1-0 MWC).

Liz Arco came off the bench to pace Lawrence (0-2, 0-1) with 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Fanita Robins and Olivia Hoesley added 11 points apiece for Lawrence.

Ripon led 15-14 late in the first quarter, but the Red Hawks scored eight consecutive points. The game then see-sawed as Lawrence trimmed the lead back seven before Ripon stretched it all the way to 33-16.

Hoesley then hit a 3-pointer, Robins connected on back-to-back jumpers and Arco hit a jumper to cut the lead to 37-25 at the half.

Lawrence was unable to put a dent in Ripon’s lead in the final two quarters. The Vikings never got closer than 10 points, but Ripon didn’t pull away.

Lawrence cut the lead to 62-51 on Natalie Kramer’s 3-pointer with 5:47 left in the fourth quarter before Ripon finally put the game away in the final minutes.

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Vikings fall in OT at Finlandia

HANCOCK, Mich. — Lawrence University rallied to tie it in the third period Friday, but the Vikings dropped a 4-3 overtime decision to Finlandia University in a Northern Collegiate Hockey Association game at Houghton County Arena.

Bryce Mitzel scored 1:08 into overtime to deliver the victory for Finlandia (1-3-3, 1-2-2 NCHA).

Lawrence (1-4-0, 1-2-0) trailed 2-0 heading into the third but tied it midway through the period. Freshman Nick Felan scored his first collegiate goal at the 6:32 mark to cut the lead to 2-1. Austin Frank then scored off a feed from Matt Moore at the 10:44 mark to tie the game at 2-2.

Finlandia countered with a goal from Thomas Malkmus at the 15:53 to grab a 3-2 advantage. Lawrence struck back just 16 seconds later when Steve Hughes scored his first goal of the season to tie it. Felan and Ryan Rumble picked up assists on Hughes’ goal.

Mattias Soderqvist made 19 saves for the Vikings, and Walker Enstad made 29 saves for Finlandia. Lawrence had a 32-23 edge in shots.

The Vikings came up empty on the power play at 0-for-4, and the Lions were 1-for-5.

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