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Monday, December 11, 2006

LSSU Climbs to 18th into the Division I Men’s Poll

By following up last weekend's sweep over Northern Michigan with a 3 points against Ferris State this weekend Lake Superior State Univeristy has climbed number 18 of the Division I Men’s Poll released on 11 December 2006. This is the second straight week that the Lakers have found themselves in the top 20.

Also note that Jeff Jakaitis and Derek A. Smith received Central Collegiate Hockey Association Player of the Week honors after leading the Lakers to a 1-1 overtime tie and a 4-1 victory at Ferris State last weekend.

Jakaitis, who was named CCHA Goaltender of the Week, stopped 91-of-93 shots on goal to set a new school record for most saves in a series. He tied his career high for most saves in a game by stopping 49-of-50 shots on Friday. His 91 series saves breaks the previous record of 88 set by Matt Violin on Jan. 17-18, 2003, at Alaska.

The Rochester, Minn., native is ranked second nationally in save percentage (.956) and goals-against average (1.57). He is currently ranked third on LSSU's career saves list with 2,795 and needs 15 saves to move into second place behind all-time leader Pat Tims (1973-77).

Smith, a Belleville, Ont., native, contributed two goals and one assist last weekend and was named CCHA Defenseman of the Week. He tallied the Lakers' only goal on Friday and added a short-handed goal on Saturday. He currently leads the Lakers in scoring with 5-12--17 and is ranked 10th nationally in average points per game by defensemen.

Notre Dame's Eric Condra was named CCHA Offensive Player of the Week, and Miami's Jarod Palmer received CCHA Rookie of the Week honors.

The Lakers (11-5-2) play host to the U.S. NTDP Under-18 squad in an exhibition game at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Taffy Abel Arena.

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