MILWAUKEE, Wi. The contest resembled more of a trip on a seesaw as the Finlandia University men’s hockey team (2-0, 1-0 NCHA) beat MSOE (0-3, 0-1 NCHA), Friday night at the Kern Center. It was the first time since 2008-09 that FinnU has won a conference opener.
“I’m proud of the way we fought back,” said head coach Joe Burcar. “We had a five minute stretch where we stopped playing and allowed them to get back in the game. Marcus (Gloss) was strong all night. His play gave us a chance to win.”
MSOE was aggressive out-shooting Finlandia 13-6 in the first period. Sophomore Marcus Gloss made several great saves. With 1:19 left in the first, freshman Vinny Mastrandrea fired one past to make it 1-0, Lions.
FinnU kept the pressure up and got a goal from senior Alex Rezansoff to make it 2-0 early in the second period. At the 9:52 mark, the Raiders stunned Finlandia with three goals in a two-minute span.
The Lions refused to quit and freshman Teddy Randell won a face-off and got the puck to freshman Andrew Froese. Froese scored the power play goal to make it 3-3 with just over five minutes left.
MSOE constantly attacked the net in the third only to be denied by Gloss. With 9:19 left in the game, senior Kendall Bolen-Porter scored to put FinnU up 4-3. Finlandia would allow the Raiders only three shots the rest of the way.
Randell was a force on face-offs with a winning percentage of .727. Gloss had 38 saves in picking up the win.
Finlandia stays on the road, Saturday, Nov. 3 taking on Concordia (Wis.). The game is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m. CST