Oles down Lawrence for weekend sweep
November 30, 2013
APPLETON, Wis. - For the second straight night the St. Olaf men's hockey team was able to use scoring depth to erase an early deficit, as the Oles defeated Lawrence University 5-1 at the Appleton Family Ice Center in the final game of the NCHA-MIAC Showcase, completing a non-conference weekend sweep.
Eight different Oles factored in the scoresheet while five picked up a pair of points as St. Olaf broke out for their highest offensive output of the season.
After skating the tightly-contested opening period to a 1-1 tie thanks to a late goal by Dan Cecka to negate an early Lawrence lead, the Oles dictated play the rest of the way; outscoring the Vikings 4-0 and outshooting them 33-17 over the last 40 minutes of play.
Nick Marsh notched what turned out to be the game-winner only 2:24 into the second period, converting on a feed from fellow sophomore Peter Lindblad. Marsh and Lindblad continued their torrid play as of late, both combining for five goals and one assist for the weekend.
St. Olaf extended their lead at 15:10 when David Rath scored his third of the year, beating Lawrence netminder Anton Olsson to finish off a nice passing play from linemates Mark Rath and Cecka.
Heading into the third period with a two-goal cushion, the Oles were able to take advantage of a frustrated Lawrence squad, scoring a pair of power play markers in a period marred by penalties. Defenseman Geoff Gieni buried his first of the year with a cannon from the slot at 1:15 of the period, and Lindblad rounded out the scoring at 16:43, beating Olsson after some great puck movement by the Oles power play unit.
St. Olaf finished the game 2-for-6 with the man advantage and a sterling 6-for-6 on the penalty kill in a rough affair that featured five game misconducts and 99 total penalty minutes.
Logan Lemirande's goal at 6:18 of the first to open the scoring was the only blemish on Ole netminder Henrik Wood's first start since Nov. 9 at UW-Stevens Point. Wood picks up his first win of the season after turning aside 23 of 24 Viking shots.
The Oles (3-6-1, 1-2-1 MIAC) now set their sights on a pivitol conference series with Gustavus next weekend. Gustavus, the other MIAC representative in Appleton, managed a split after losing to Lawrence in a shootout on Friday and defeating Marian on Saturday. The Gusties (6-3-1, 3-1 MIAC) hold a 4-0-1 edge in the last five games against the Oles, including playoff victories the last two seasons.
Game one of the series starts from the Northfield Ice Arena at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.