MILWAUKEE – The MSOE hockey team scored three goals in a two-plus minute span in the second period but was unable to hold on in falling to Finlandia 4-3 in its home opener Friday night at the Kern Center.
The Raiders (0-3, 0-1 NCHA) were able to turn around a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 lead in a thrilling second period but the Lions (2-0, 1-0 NCHA) scored the final two goals of the game.
Finlandia struck first despite a 13-6 shot advantage for the Red & White in the opening period. The visitors took advantage of a key deflection to get on the board with just 1:19 remaining in the frame.
MSOE then conceded first in a wild second period that saw five goals scored, including four power play scores.
After the Lions opened a 2-0 lead 3:11 into the period, the Raiders rattled off three goals in a 2:02 span. Sophomore Jeff Makowski got the ball rolling at 9:52 with an even-strength goal. Then, just nine seconds after starting a 5-on-3 power play, junior Nick Redmon evened the score with a slap shot from the point right off the face-off. Sophomore Garrett Gintoli then gave the Red & White its first lead of the night with another man-advantage goal at 11:54.
Finlandia squared the game up at 3-3 with a power play goal with just seconds remaining on a 5-on-3 of its own at 14:39.
In the third period, Kendall Bolen-Porter was able to launch a one-man counter attack as the Raiders changed lines. The new defense recovered to allow sophomore goalie Rock Boynton some support as he saved the initial attempt on goal. Bolen-Porter was able to put back his own rebound for the game-winner at the 10:41 mark of the frame.
MSOE fought for an equalizer, including pulling Boynton for the last 1:05 of regulation but to no avail. The team had a 10-3 shot advantage in the period to finish the night ahead 41-19 in the category. Boynton finished with 15 saves on the night.
Both teams finished with a pair of power play goals, with the Red & White ending with nine power plays on 12 FinnU penalties. The home side was whistled for nine infractions, allowing six man advantages to the Lions.
The Raiders return to the ice Saturday, hosting No. 1 St. Norbert in the teams' second showdown of the season. They played Oct. 27 in DePere in a non-league game. Puck drops at 7 p.m.