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Monday, October 15, 2007

LSSU Opens Season with Superior Showcase

Lake Superior State opened the season this past weekend with a tie and a loss against Minnesota Duluth and Michigan Tech respectively in the inaugural Superior Showcase.

On Friday night LSSU fell behind late in the first period with a goal by University of Minnesota Duluth’s Trent Palm at 18:48. LSSU sophomore Nathan Perkovich tied the game up at 1-1 at the 5:19 mark of the second period, with his first goal of the season, unassisted.

LSSU took the lead early in the third period with Senior Dan Eves scoring 3:52 in, off of a pass by Sophomore Nik Sellers. Minnesota Duluth rallied back scoring a power play goal less than 3 minutes later on the power play 15 seconds after Simon Gysbers was called for hooking.

LSSU was unable to score in overtime despite putting up 6 shots to UMD’s 3 shots.
For the game Inglis had 37 saves while allowing two goals, while UMD's Alex Stalock made 23 stops in the night.

LSSU went 0-for-5 on the power play and held UMD to 1-for-5 with the extra man.
On Saturday night LSSU found themselves coming from behind for the second night in a row after spotting Michigan Tech a 2-0 lead on goals by Tyler Shelast and Ryan Angelow in the first 8 minutes of the game, the first coming on the powerplay.

LSSU’s Simon Gysbers was able to cut MTU’s lead in half by beating MTU’s goaltender Rob Nolan with a long slapshot in the final second of the first period. LSSU was able to tie the game up in the second period with Nik Sellers scoring his first goal of the season at 7:41 of the second period with Chad Nehring and Eves tallying the assists. LSSU was able to take the 3-2 lead at 9:50 of the second period with Perkovich scoring his second goal of the season with assists going to Josh Sim and Rick Schofield.

For the second time this season LSSU was unable to maintain a lead giving up a power play goal to MTU’s Jordan Foote with only 2 seconds left in Perkovich’s slashing penalty. MTU scored again early in the third period to take the 4-3 lead that they held on to for the remainder of the game.

For the game Inglis had 21 saves on 25 shots, while MTU's Rob Nolan made 14 stops on the night.

LSSU went 0-for-4 on the power play, 0-for-9 on the weekend, and gave up 2 goals on 6 opportunities with the extra man to MTU.

LSSU returns home next weekend to play an exhibition game against Western Ontario at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Taffy Abel Arena.

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