Vikings top Northland 3-1; sweep MCHA playoff series

Posted on: February 26th, 2011 by Joseph Vanden Acker

Lawrence University topped Northland College 3-1 on Saturday afternoon at the Appleton Family Ice Center to sweep a Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association quarterfinal playoff series.

Lawrence (14-12-1), which beat the Lumberjacks 2-1 on Friday, advances to the Harris Cup semifinals next Saturday (March 5) and faces the host school, Adrian College.

For the second consecutive game, senior forward Josh DeSmit scored the go-ahead and game-winning goal.

DeSmit took a pass from Huck Saunders and beat Northland goaltender Daniel McIntosh at the 3:43 mark of the third to give Lawrence a 2-1 lead.

Lawrence was then forced to kill off a pair of penalties to preserve the lead. Derek Brickan was sent off for interference at 7:33, and just as that penalty was expiring, Sam Johnson was whistled for tripping at 9:34.

The Vikings stymied the Lumberjacks on both power-play chances, but Lawrence would have to withstand another  charge by Northland (9-16-2).

The Lumberjacks pulled McIntosh with 1:31 remaining and brought on an extra attacker. The Vikings then sealed the win a minute later when Sam Johnson scored an empty-net goal for a 3-1 Lawrence lead.

Evan Johnson stopped 29 shots for the Vikings and picked up his 13th win of the season. McIntosh made 38 saves and took the loss.

After a scoreless first period, Lawrence jumped on top at the 4:28 mark of the second when Saunders scored his fourth goal of the season. Northland tied it on Nick Hewko’s 14th goal of the season, a power-play tally, at 9:02 of the second. 

Box score

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