Lawrence hockey looking to knock off Goliath, twice


APPLETON – The number-one ranked St. Norbert hockey team hosts Lawrence this weekend in the quarterfinals of the NCHA playoffs in a best-of-two format.

A Vikings upset would be a major milestone in the programs history, because the Knights are 33-1 all time against Lawrence.

However, that one, was just two months ago, so there is hope.

“It’s good but it’s more just having this weekend ahead of us and playing our best and trying to win a hockey game,” said Lawrence forward Huck Saunders.

“There’s no doubt that was our programs biggest win in it’s history to this point,” said Lawrence head coach Mike Szkodzinski.  “But we also understand it’s a step and a building block and quite honestly   we haven’t been consistent since that point and we need to be.  If we want to play and continue our season We need to be even better than we were that Saturday night.”

Coach Szkodzinksi, a St. Norbert alum, says to beat his alma mater, his Vikings will need to play near flawless hockey.

“We know it’s going to be a great challenge,” Szkodzinksi said.  “They’re very well coached, they’re physical, they have a very solid d-core and arguably the best goaltender in   the nation. So we’re going to have to go in there and play at our highest level and compete.”

“We know they’re going to come out firing and they’re going to play their best so we’re just going to have to match it,” said Saunders.  “Our life’s on the line, our season’s on  the line so we’ve got to win.”

 

 

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