HANCOCK, Mi. (men); DULUTH, Mn. (women) It was 60 minutes of heart and battle as the Finlandia University men’s hockey team (4-17-2, 2-14-2 NCHA) took a tough 3-1 loss to St. Scholastica (7-16-1, 5-14-1 NCHA), Friday night at the Houghton County Arena.
Finlandia attacked from the start with two near goals in the first four minutes. With six minutes in the game, the Lions went on a power play.
FinnU put up five shots with at least three potential goals being somehow saved by the St. Scholastica goalie. At the 12:15 mark, the Saints took the lead with a power play goal.
Finlandia refused to quit and had several great scoring chances that were turned back. In the second period, sophomore Teddy Randell found senior Jayson Dahlquist open. Dahlquist knocked it in the net to make it 1-1 with 2:04 gone.
For the next 34 minutes, junior Marcus Gloss and Zane Steeves took turns making great stops. CSS managed to sneak one in at the 16:36 mark. At the 18:46 mark, the Lions pulled their goalie for the extra attacker.
Freshman Lucas Patton had a shot on target blocked. St. Scholastica got the puck and scored an empty netter with 1:02 left to seal the game.
Finlandia stays home, Friday, Feb. 14 playing Marian (Wis.). The game is scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m.
Late goals was the difference as the Finlandia University women’s hockey team (0-19, 0-11 NCHA) suffered a heart breaking 3-1 loss to St. Scholastica (9-8-3, 6-3-2 NCHA), Friday night at Mars Lakeview Arena.
St. Scholastica got off to a quick start with three near goals in the first four minutes. At the 4:47 mark, freshman Cassidy Becia scored on a pass from sophomore India Charles. That put Finlandia up 1-0.
The Lions had four potential goals taken away by the strong play of the Saint goalie. Senior Annah Smiddy kept FinnU in the lead with numerous great saves.
In the third period, freshman Mesa Meyer blasted a shot that was deflected at the last moment. In the last two minutes of the game, CSS scored twice to stun Finlandia for the win.
On face-offs, junior Abby Kolek had 10 wins. Smiddy finished with 51 saves.
Finlandia remains on the road, Saturday, Feb. 8 taking on St. Scholastica. The game is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m. CST