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Monday, January 14, 2008

Lakers Win First Game in CCHA Action

Lake Superior State University’s hockey team won their first game in CCHA action on Saturday night to giving the Lakers a 1-10-3 record in league games, 3-13-4 overall.

On Friday night LSSU took an early lead on a Nathan Perkovich powerplay goal at 2:47 of the first period, with Troy Schwab and Steven Kaunisto recording the assists on the goal. Perkovich’s power play goal was LSSU’s first with the extra man in the past three games.

Bowling Green’s Jacob Cepis put a goal past LSSU starting goaltender Pat Inglis at 15:02 of the second period to tie the game up at 1-1.

LSSU’s Pat Aubry was able to pick up his first goal of the season 1:35 into the third period with John Scrymgeour and Chad Nehring getting the assists on the Aubry goal. LSSU was able to maintain the 1-2 lead for five minutes before BGSU’s David Solway was able to tie it up at 2-2, at 6:51 of the third period. Bowling Green was able to take the lead for good just over a minute later, at 7:53, on a Derek Whitmore goal, and added an insurance goal at 11:25 with Brandon Svendson getting his second goal of the season. The Lakers have failed to maintain the lead 13 times this season.

Inglis recorded 19 saves on the 23 shots he faced, while LSSU was able to get 2 of their 27 shots past BGSU goaltender Nick Eno. LSSU went 1-for-4 on the power play while they where able to hold BGSU scoreless on 3 power play opportunities.

Saturday night the Lakers where able to record their first win in CCHA action this season. LSSU’s Simon Gysbers started the scoring, with is first of four points on the night, for the Lakers with Nehring and Scrymgeour recording assists for the second night in a row. Dan Eves gave LSSU a 0-2 lead on the power play with seven seconds remaining in the first period on his fifth goal of the season with Zac MacVoy and Gysbers.

LSSU was able to take a 0-3 lead on the power play in the second period, 12:49, with Rick Schofield scoring his 5th goal of the season with Gysbers and Mat Cowie receiving the assists on LSSU’s goal. Bowling Green was able to score on Derek Whitmore power play goal at 16:19 of the second period. LSSU was able to take a 1-3 lead into the locker room with Brian Mahoney-Wilson turning back 14-of-15 BGSU shots in the second period.

Zac MacVoy added an empty net goal at 19:27 of the third period, with Gysbers adding his 3rd assist to give LSSU the 1-4 victory.Mahoney-Wilson made 28 saves on the 29 shots he faced while BGSU’s Jimmy Spratt recorded 14 saves on the 17 Laker shots he faced. LSSU went 2-for-7 on the power play (3-for-11 on the weekend), while BGSU scored 1 power play goal on their 8 opportunities (going 1-for-11 on the weekend).

Next weekend Lake Superior travels to Oxford, Ohio to take on #3 Miami.

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