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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Lakers Take on American International as part of Great Lake State Weekend

This weekend Lake Superior State University will open the regular season at home against American International College. This weekend's meeting will be the first time that these teams, with almost 100 years of hockey history combined, have played.

Lake Superior (2-2-0) comes into this weekend's action after splitting with Clarkson University last weekend in Potsdam, New York. Lake Superior won a 5-1 contest on Friday night but was blown out 7-1, playing their worst game of the season on Saturday evening. American International (0-3-0) has lost contests this season to the Army's United States Military Academy (0-2) and Rochester Institute of Technology (3-8, 0-8)

LSSU's power play looked to have started clicking last Friday when they went 5 for 8 with the extra man. They also added another power play goal in Saturday's loss making them 8 for 31 on the power play, but they have given up 2 shorthanded goals this season. LSSU's penalty kill has struggled allowing 8 goals during 32 penalty kills, for a 75% penalty kill. American International is 1 for 24 on the power play for a horrendous 4.2% and has killed only 22 of 33 penalties.

American International has only scored three goals in their three games this season, with their leading point getter being Jereme Tendler who has 1 goal and 2 points on the season. Last season Tendler recorded 15 goals and 26 assists in 32 games. American International has seen sophomore Tom Fenton (.845 SV%, 5.40 GAA) split time with senior Matt Tourville (.809 SV%, 6.75 GAA) this season with both Fenton starting the Yellow Jackets first 2 games recording 2 losses and giving up 9 goals, before being pulled in favor of Tourville after giving up 7 goals in American International opening game against RIT. Last season Fenton played in 30 games going 6-16-5 and posting a .900 SV% and 3.51 GAA, while Tourville only appeared in 4 games posting a .900 SV% and 4.50 GAA.

Lake Superior has seen 9 different players score goals this season, with Nathan Perkovich and Josh Sim putting in 3 goals each. Derek Smith has recorded 4 assists and Simon Gysbers and Troy Schwab have each assisted on 3 goals. Senior goaltender Jeff Jakaitis and freshman Pat Inglis have shared time in goal this season with Jakaitis going 1-2-0 with a .935 SV% and 2.82 GAA, while Inglis is 1-0-0 with a .862 SV% and 5.19 GAA, Inglis was suffering from a cold last weekend and only saw limited action against Clarkson in cleanup duty. Look for Inglis to see playing time this weekend, for probably the last time before Wayne State comes to town in the middle of next month.

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