HANCOCK, Mi. The HOCO was a-rocking and a-rolling as the Finlandia University men’s hockey team (8-10-2, 6-5-2 NCHA) got past Trine (8-10-2, 4-8-1 NCHA) 3-1, Friday night at the Houghton County Arena. The Lions are now one point out of second place in the NCHA North Division.
For the first two periods, Brett Young and freshman Santeri Seppinen put on a goalie clinic. They combined for 35 saves over the first two periods, with numerous spectacular saves.
In the third period, Finlandia fed off the energy of a crowd of 989. At the 16:27 mark, senior Timo Kocar fired the puck to senior Paul Lochner. Lochner knocked it in to put the Lions up 1-0.
A little over two minutes later, sophomore Hunter Kero scored a power play goal off a pass from freshman Teddy Randell. That made it 2-0 FinnU. Senior Kendall Bolen-Porter scored an empty net goal with 2:27 left to seal the game.
Finlandia had 10 shots on four power play opportunities while holding the Thunder to just three shots on three opportunities. The Lions dominated on face-offs with 47 wins (.610). Freshman Tyler Watungwa and Bolen-Porter had 12 and 11 wins, respectively. Seppinen finished with 19 saves.
Finlandia remains home, Saturday, Jan. 26 taking on #7 Adrian. The game is scheduled to start at 3:15 p.m.