Finlandia Hockey teams each drop 3-1 decisions

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HANCOCK, Mi and DEPERE, Wi. It was a fight to the very end as the Finlandia University women’s hockey team (1-21, 1-14 NCHA) lost 3-1 to Concordia (Wis.) (11-8-2, 7-6-2 NCHA), Friday afternoon at the Houghton County Arena.

Both teams had numerous opportunities in the first period. With 2:04 left, senior Sarah Hockings smashed home a rebound to make it 1-0 Finlandia.

In the second period, Concordia needed just 56 seconds to score a power play goal to tie it at 1-1. With a minute left in the middle period, senior Natasha Kern fired a bullet that was stopped.

In the third period, the Falcons scored at the 1:37 mark to go up 2-1. Junior Bella Abear had a shot that was saved at the last moment. Concordia got an insurance goal with less than four minutes left.

On face-offs, sophomore Abby Kolek and Kern had 13 and 11 wins, respectively. Junior Annah Smiddy had 33 saves.

Finlandia closes the home season, Saturday, Feb. 9 taking on Concordia (Wis.). The game is scheduled to start at 2:15 p.m.

SISU was at the forefront as the Finlandia University men’s hockey team (8-14-2, 6-9-2 NCHA) fell 3-1 to #5 St. Norbert (17-4-3, 13-3-1 NCHA), Friday night at Cornerstone Center. With St. Scholastica losing, the Lions qualify for the NCHA Harris Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2011-12.

St. Norbert came out quick getting a goal just 53 seconds after the opening drop. The Green Knights and Finlandia then slugged it out for the next two periods.

Sophomore Marcus Gloss and T.J. Black put on a goaltending clinic. Sophomore Connor Hannon just missed as the second period came to a close.

The Lions came out in the third period aggressive. At the 2:45 mark, sophomore Hunter Kero scored off a pass from Hannon and senior Alex Rezansoff to make it 1-1.

SNC scored about 90 seconds later to take the lead at 2-1. St. Norbert scored with 4:02 left and then held off a charging FinnU squad.

Finlandia closes the home season, Saturday, Feb. 9 taking on St. Norbert. The game is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m.