Finlandia hockey teams lose

HANCOCK — It was 60 minutes of non-stop action as the Finlandia University men’s hockey team (0-14-1 NCHA, 1-20-1) fell 5-3 to Northland College (6-8-1 NCHA, 9-11-2), Friday night at the Houghton County Arena.  

The first period belonged to the goalies, freshman Marcus Gloss and AJ Smith of Northland College. The two combined to stop 18 shots on goal.

At the 2:25 mark of the second period, the Lumberjacks finally broke through. About nine minutes later, junior Paul Lochner beat Smith on the far side to make it 1-1.

Northland tried to put it away with two goals in the final five minutes to lead 3-1 after two. It took only 27 seconds in the third for junior Alex Rezansoff to connect from sophomore Danny Hill.

At the 10:29 mark, Northland College went up 4-2 after a power-play goal. Less than two minutes later, freshman Connor Hannon ricocheted one in to make it 4-3.

With under 30 seconds left, freshman Hunter Kero just missed netting a goal. The Lumberjacks scored an insurance goal in the last 10 seconds.

Hill had two assists and 10 face-off wins. In addition on face-offs, sophomore Blake Peavey had 10 wins and Kero had eight. Gloss finished with 27 saves.

Finlandia remains home, Saturday, Feb. 3 taking on No. 18 St. Scholastica. The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

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HANCOCK — The Finlandia women’s hockey team (3-9-1 NCHA, 3-16-1) lost 6-1 to St. Scholastica (10-1-2 NCHA, 11-3-4) Friday at the Houghton County Arena.

St. Scholastica scored just under four minutes into the game to lead 1-0. The Saints scored again at the 10:19 mark to make it 2-0.

Eighteen seconds later senior Sierra Meiners scored for Finlandia, and one minute into the second period, sophomore Jordan Thoma fired up a bullet that was knocked away at the last minute.

The Saints scored at the 3:16 mark to go up 3-1. Over the next 10 minutes, the Lions had three potential goals taken away by the St. Scholastica goalie. The Saints scored the clinching goal with 3:19 left in the period.

Finlandia remains home for a second matchup with St. Scholastica today at 12:30 p.m.