The Lake Forest College men's hockey team hosted and defeated Concordia University Wisconsin 6-3 Friday night. It was the first career victory for Forester head coach Ryan McKelvie.
Triumph number one for McKelvie did not come as easily as the final score might indicate. The Foresters trailed 2-1 after two periods before rattling off five unanswered goals, including three by freshman Jason McAloon, to secure the victory.
The scoring started when both teams netted a goal during the first penalty of the contest. Lake Forest sophomore Pat Charron put the home team ahead with a shorthanded goal at 6:11 in the opening period. Sophomore Chris Gard assisted on Charron's first score of the season. Concordia Wisconsin responded with a power play goal 96 seconds later and the score remained 1-1 for the rest of the period.
The 1-1 deadlock actually lasted until the 8:20 mark of the second period when the Falcons pulled ahead.
McAloon tied the game two minutes and 10 seconds into the third period and gave the Forester the lead less than two minutes later. Charron assisted on McAloon's first career goal and Thomas Bark and Dave Sharpe set up his second. Bark scored the official game-winning goal with the Foresters on the power play at 8:02. His first score of the season was assisted by sophomore Roberto Caparelli and freshman Charlie Stein. McAloon completed the hat trick at 9:26 with sophomore Mike Violette and freshman Dave Grannis each picking up an assist. Gard finished off the five-goal run at 10:10. Freshman Rafael Turcotte was credited with the only assist on the play.
The Falcons closed out the scoring with a power play goal at 12:38.
The victory went to Forester junior goaltender Austin Erney, who entered the game after Concordia Wisconsin's second score and stopped nine of 10 shots on goal in 31:40.
Lake Forest is now 1-2-0 overall and in Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association play. The Falcons fell to 0-6-1 overall and 0-4-1 in the leauge. The same two teams will face off again tomorrow afternoon at 2:45 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.