Vikings pull away from Northland in third period

Posted on: February 5th, 2011 by Joseph Vanden Acker

Lawrence University scored a pair of third-period goals and pulled away for a 4-2 Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association victory over Northland College on Saturday at the Appleton Family Ice Center.

Lawrence, which clinched a spot in the MCHA playoffs on Friday, swept the weekend series. Lawrence posted a 5-0 victory in the series opener.

Jon Sheridan and Jon Bellotti both scored on the power play in the third period for Lawrence (11-9-1, 9-7-0 MCHA), which enjoyed a 43-37 edge in shots. Goaltender Evan Johnson stopped 35 shots to pick up the win.

Lawrence got on top midway through the first period on Sam Johnson’s goal. Matt Hughes followed with a goal at the 14:42 mark to give the Vikings a 2-0 edge.

Chad Moore cut that lead in half when he scored for the Lumberjacks (6-13-2, 5-9-2) at the 16:50 mark of the first. Northland then tied it on Colin Moberly’s power-play goal just 2:14 into the second period.

The Vikings took advantage of a Northland penalty early in the third to take the lead. After David Little was sent off for slashing, Sheridan scored at the 2:56 mark to give the Vikings a 3-2 edge.

The Lumberjacks were whistled for a major penalty at the 10:47 mark, and Bellotti picked up a power-play goal 3:15 later to put the Vikings up 4-2.

Northland pulled goaltender Daniel McIntosh for nearly two minutes late in the game but couldn’t put a dent in Lawrence’s lead. McIntosh stopped 39 shots and took the loss.

Lawrence returns to action next weekend when it takes on Marian University.

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