LAKE FOREST, Il. It was a heartbreaking finish as the Finlandia University men’s hockey team (3-12-2, 1-9-2 NCHA) lost 3-2 in overtime to #11 Lake Forest (13-2-1, 10-1 NCHA), Saturday night at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.
Finlandia came out quick and was aggressive offensively the entire period. Just a little over a minute into the game, freshman Jack Giddings saw his shot stopped by a great play. At the 5:59 mark, freshman Dimitri Samusev picked up his first collegiate goal.
That put Finlandia up 1-0. The Lions had several opportunities robbed by the Lake Forest goalie. FinnU also had 10 shots on target blocked.
In the second period, Lake Forest came out strong and scored at the 1:20 mark to make it 1-1. The Foresters took advantage of a power play to go up 2-1 with 10:34 left. Finlandia saw a potential goal saved with 45 seconds left in the period.
30 seconds later, precision passing found sophomore Dylan Paavola open. He knocked the puck in to knot the game at 2-2.
In the third period, aggressive defense on both sides kept the game a stalemate. Sophomore Santeri Seppinen made a great play with 1:39 left in the period. With a minute to go, freshman Phil Schader had his shot stopped at the last moment. LFC scored 52 seconds into overtime to end the war.
Freshman Braden Bain had an assist on the first goal, his first collegiate point. The defense had a strong night again with 17 blocks. Seppinen recorded 26 saves in the game.
Finlandia returns home, Friday, Jan. 17 playing Trine. The game is scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m.