Finlandia suffers heartbreak on the road

Finlandia forward Owen Schmidt controls the puck during a game earlier this season at the Houghton County Arena in Hancock. (Photo courtesy of Finlandia University)

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — It was a tough loss as the Finlandia Lions men’s hockey team (2-12 NCHA, 3-16-1) lost 3-0 to MSOE (9-5 NCHA, 14-7), Saturday afternoon at the Kern Center.

MSOE and Finlandia played gritty hard-nosed hockey for the first 47 minutes of the game. Sophomore Dakota Meyer and Austin Schwab brought their “A+” game to the net.

Just before the first period ended, junior P.J. Donnelly had a goal taken away by a great play. Meyer returned the favor making an amazing save at the end of the second period.

The Raiders scored twice in a 75-second span in the third period to break the hearts of FinnU.

On faceoffs, sophomore Max Messier had nine wins. Meyer finished with 40 saves.

Lions battle tough against Raiders

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — It was a fight to the end as the Lions lost 4-2 to MSOE Friday night at the Kern Center.

MSOE got on the board first scoring at the 8:39 mark of the first period. Meyer and Spencer Northway put on a clinic making numerous great saves to keep it a 1-0 game.

In the second period with 9:20 left, Donnelly blasted the puck through to make it 1-1. At the 14:39 mark, Messier scored to put Finlandia up 2-1.

About a minute later, the Raiders put one in to make it 2-2. MSOE scored twice in the first five minutes of the final period to take control.

On faceoffs, sophomore Nick Solema had 14 wins. The Lions defense was active, blocking 21 shots led by sophomore Garrett Alton with four. Meyer finished with 39 saves.

Up next

Finlandia returns to the Houghton County Area, Friday, Feb. 3, playing Marian (Wis.). The game is scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m.


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