LAKE FOREST, Illinois – The MSOE hockey team trailed 3-0 and pulled within one goal on two occasions before falling to Lake Forest 6-4 Friday night at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.
The Raiders (2-4-1, 2-2-1 NCHA) got rolling in the second period, pulling within 4-3 and 5-4, only to see the Foresters (3-3-3, 2-2-1 NCHA) counter with late scores.
Four different players scored goals for the Red & White, with sophomore Will Gauthier getting the team on the board. Freshman Brendan Ferguson and sophomore Chandler Watson lit the lamp 24 seconds apart to make it a 4-3 game. When LFC made it 5-3, junior Nick Redmon tallied a power play goal early in the third period to give MSOE a chance.
Lake Forest tacked on an empty net goal to ice the game.
A pair of goalies saw action in net in the game, with Rock Boynton making 16 saves over the first 27:45. Sophomore Harry Vangellow made his collegiate debut with 16 saves in 17 shots faced over 30-plus minutes.
The Foresters held a 34-23 shot advantage in the game. MSOE went 1-for-6 on the power play and killed off all four man advantages for the home team.
LFC got on the board with two goals in the first 5:27 of the game in what proved to be the decisive goals. It extended its lead to 3-0 with another early goal, this time 90 seconds into the second period.
Gauthier opened the Raiders' scoring at the 7:23 mark of the period just to see Lake Forest re-establish the three-goal advantage 22 seconds later.
Another quick back-to-back goals came minutes later. Ferguson found the back of the net at the 12:10 mark and Watson made it a one-score affair shortly thereafter with assists to freshmen Matt Kindred and Jack Nickels.
The Foresters scored their third goal of the period to make it 5-3. Redmon then made it interesting with MSOE a man up at 5:14 of the third period. That was as close as it would get as Vangellow was pulled with 1:09 remaining in regulation. The extra man did not pan out and Lake Forest found the empty net with eight seconds remaining.
The Raiders return to the ice Saturday, hosting Aurora at 4 p.m.