The Lindenwood men’s hockey team (1-7-0) dropped the series finale to American International College (4-2-2, 2-1-0 AHA) by a 5-3 final score on Sunday afternoon in Springfield, Mass.
Lindenwood would be faced with some early adversity in the game picking up two penalties in as many minutes. Caige Sterzer opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal at the 3:40 mark of the first period, for his first goal of the season. Matt Ladd stopped all 13 AIC shots in the opening frame to hold the Yellow Jackets scoreless.
AIC would score two goals on a five-minute power-play to take a 2-1 lead in the second period. The Lions penalty kill would continue to be a factor offensively in the game as Ryan Finnegan got behind the Yellow Jackets to score on a shorthanded breakaway and tie the game 2-2 at 14:50 of the period. AIC answered on a late man advantage giving them a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes of play.
Lindenwood opened the third period with a power-play goal twenty-seven seconds into the frame on a goal by David Gagnon, assisted by Ryan Finnegan to tie the game again at 3-3. The Yellow Jackets tallied two late goals to make it a 5-3 final score.
David Gagnon (one goal)
Ryan Finnegan (one goal, one assist)
Caige Sterzer (one goal)
Lindenwood heads to Waltham, Mass for a two-game series with Bentley, which begins on Friday, October 28. The opening face-off is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. C.T.