LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Lawrence University fell behind early and couldn’t fully recover in dropping a 5-2 Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association game to Lake Forest College on Friday at Alumni Memorial Rink.
Lake Forest (4-21-0, 4-15-0 MCHA) built a pair of two-goal leads that the Vikings (11-10-3, 10-6-3) trimmed in half, but the Foresters finished with the game’s final two goals to seal the win.
The Foresters scored two goals midway through the second period before Phil Bushbacher scored at the 13:26 mark to trim the advantage to 2-1.
Jordan Bruce then scored just 1:17 later to push the lead back to 3-1. The Vikings battled back again when Sam Johnson scored with just 1:57 left in the second period to cut the lead to 3-2.
That’s as close as Lawrence would get as Curran Forgue scored twice in the third period, once early and once late, to secure the win for the Foresters.
Peter Emery stopped 41 shots for Lawrence and took the loss. Brendan Sullivan made 41 saves for Lake Forest to pick up the win.
The teams wrap up the series and the regular season on Saturday at Lawrence.
Lawrence University held off a Finlandia University rally and posted a 4-2 Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association victory on Saturday at the Appleton Family Ice Center.
Brad Scurfield had a goal and two assists to pace Lawrence (11-9-3, 10-5-3 MCHA). Freshman goaltender Anton Olsson stopped 38 shots to earn his first collegiate victory for the Vikings.
Finlandia (7-15-0, 7-11-0) got on the board first just 1:16 into the game on Cole Workman’s goal. Lawrence tied it with just one second left in the first period when Jameson Raymond scored on the power play.
The Vikings grabbed a 2-1 edge with 3:09 left in the second period when Phil Bushbacher scored off assists from Kevin Killian and Matt Hughes.
Scurfield scored just 43 seconds into the third period with assists from Raymond and William Thoren to grab a 3-1 advantage.
The Lions pulled goaltender Mike Wuthrich in favor of an extra attacker, and Ryan Bradley scored for Finlandia with 1:11 left to trim Lawrence’s lead to 3-2. The Lions put Wuthrich back on the ice but pulled him again 26 seconds later, and Lawrence made them pay.
Thoren sealed the victory for the Vikings with an empty-net goal with 15 seconds left.
Lawrence swept the weekend series, which included a 5-2 victory on Friday night, and remains tied for first place in the MCHA’s Northern Division.
Lawrence University hockey seniors Jameson Raymond and Matt Hughes go back a long ways, they’ve been teammates since age 10.
Local 5′s Burke Griffin has the story.