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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

LSSU to host Wayne State

Lake Superior State University (6-4-0, 3-3-0 CCHA) hockey team will take play host to Wayne State University (2-7-0) this weekend in non-conference action. This is the first meeting between the two teams since the 2001-02 season in which the Lakers where swept by the Warriors. LSSU has an all time record of 2-2-0 against Wayne State. This is the Lakers only appearance this season against College Hockey America opponents, last season LSSU was 3-0-1 against CHA opponents. This season the Lakers are 3-1-0 in non-conference play. The Lakers only other non-conference opponents coming up this season are Providence and Clarkson or Wisconsin at the Badger Showdown, and then whoever LSSU will face in the NCAA tournament.

Lake Superior is looking for their second sweep of the season and second in non-conference action. LSSU is coming off of a disappointing split against Miami of Ohio last weekend while Wayne State is coming off of a split last weekend at Brown.

Wayne State is in last place in the CHA with a conference record of 1-1-0, the Warriors are ranked last in the CHA in offensive output averaging 2.33 goals per game while giving up 4.67 goals per game. WSU's power play is ranked 3nd in College Hockey America with a 15.5 Power Play Percentage, while their penalty kill is 4th in the CHA with a 76.6 penalty kill percentage. Wayne State is averaging 20.0 penalty minutes per game.

LSSU’s power play is ranked third in the CCHA averaging 1.30 PPG a game and a 21.7 power play percentage. The Lakers are currently sixth in the CCHA in penalty killing giving up 9 goals in 10 games with a kill rating of 83.6.

LSSU goaltender Jeff Jakaitis is currently ranked second in the CCHA with a .945 SV%. LSSU freshman Pat Inglis has a .897 SV% and has recorded a 3.25 GAA while spitting time with Jakaitis, expect Inglis to play one or both games this weekend. With the Lakers Jekyll and Hyde play from Friday to Saturday, I would expect to see Roque play Inglis Friday night and follow up with Jakaitis on Saturday. The Lakers are ranked third in the CCHA with a goals against average of 2.60. LSSU is offensively lead by Trent Campbell (3-7-10), Derek A. Smith (0-9-0), and Nathan Perkovich (6-2-0) who have 10, 9, and 8 points respectively.

Wayne State is led offensively by senior Jason Bloomingburg who has 3 goals and 8 points in 9 games this year, after finishing last year 10-7-17. Wayne State’s roster also includes former Laker John Nogatch, who played at LSSU during the 2004-05 campaign.

Wayne State has used two goaltenders this season with senior Will Hooper recording 5 losses in 5 appearances posting a 4.82 GAA, and .843 SV%, and freshman Brett Bothwell who has two wins in 4 appearances posting a 4.50 GGA and .904 SV%.

Look for Lake Superior State to travel to Detroit next season to play at Wayne State.

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