The Lake Forest College men's hockey team defeated visiting Lawrence University 5-2 Friday night to secure a spot in the six-team Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association Tournament. Forester junior goaltender Brendan Sullivan turned away 41 of 43 shots on goal in the victory.
Sullivan, who raised his save percentage on the season to .912, made eight saves while the Foresters put 11 shots on goal in a scoreless opening period.
Lake Forest started the scoring at the 7:49 mark of the second period on freshman Bobby Barrett's third goal of the season. He was assisted by classmate Jordan Bruce. Mcauley Banning, another Forester freshman, doubled the home team's lead at 11:16 with junior Thomas Bark and sophomore Mike Violette each picking up an assist. After Lawrence pulled back to within a goal at the 13:28 mark, Bruce answered with his first career score 77 seconds later. Sophomore Kevin Spotts and freshman Philippe Boucher assisted on what turned out to be the official game-winning goal. The Vikings came back again with a score with 1:57 to play in the period.
The Foresters had a 21-14 advantage in shots on goal in the second period and Lawrence put 21 shots on goal to Lake Forest's 14 in the third.
Freshman Curran Forgue helped put away the Vikings with a pair of third period goals. He lit the lamp three minutes and 12 seconds into the period before netting the only power play goal of the game with 2:01 on the clock. Freshmen Jason McAloon and Luke Swardenski assisted on Forgue's first score of the contest and Swardenski and freshman Charlie Stein set up his second of the night and third this season.
Lake Forest is now 4-20-0 overall and 4-15-0 in Midwest Collegiate Hockey Associaition play. A loss by Concordia University Wisconsin on Friday left the Falcons two points behind the Foresters in the MCHA South Division standings with one game to play in the regular season. Since Lake Forest owns the tiebreaker, the Foresters have clinched a berth in the conference tournament and will travel to either Milwaukee School of Engineering or Adrian College for a two-game quarterfinal series next weekend. Lawrence fell to 11-10-3 overall and 10-6-3 in the league.
The same two teams will face off at 7:00 tomorrow night in Appleton, Wisconsin.