LAKE FOREST, Il. It was another 60 minute effort as the Finlandia University men’s hockey team (3-11-2, 1-8-2 NCHA) lost 6-3 to #11 Lake Forest (12-2-1, 9-1 NCHA), Friday night at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.
Lake Forest came out quick scoring twice in the first seven minutes of the game. Finlandia took a deep breath and came fighting back.
Freshman Tyler Vanuden had a shot on target that was blocked. At the 12:15 mark, junior Conner Hannon scored off a pass from senior Blake Peavey. The power play goal made it 2-1, Foresters.
In the second period, both teams had several near misses in the first six minutes. With 13:30 left, junior Cale Markham took advantage of two great passes to tie the game at 2-2.
With under two minutes to go in the middle period, Hannon had a shot saved at the last moment. LFC took advantage of a power play to score at the 19:12 mark to lead 3-2 after two.
The Lions came out hot with two potential goals taken away by great plays from the goalie in the first 48 seconds of the final period. Lake Forest scored twice to lead 5-2 with 6:22 to go.
Once again, FinnU dug deep. At the 15:02 mark, sophomore Teddy Randell fired one past the goalie to make it 5-3. Senior Marcus Gloss made several great saves to keep Finlandia in the hunt.
Senior Jayson Dahlquist had a shot just miss at the 18:24 mark. The Foresters scored with 54 seconds left to clinch the game.
Peavey had a strong night on face-offs with 13 wins for a .813 win percentage. The defense helped out by blocking 18 shots. Gloss finished with 47 saves.
Finlandia stays on the road, Saturday, Jan. 11 against #11 Lake Forest. The game is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m. CST