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Monday, January 26, 2009

Lakers Split with BGSU

Friday night Lake Superior State overcame a two-goal deficit midway through Friday's Central Collegiate Hockey Association game at Bowling Green, but came up one goal short of repeating the feat during the third period.

Bowling Green improved to 1-1-1-1 this season against LSSU with the 4-3 victory. It was the fifth time in six games that the Lakers (6-11-8 overall, 3-8-6-1 CCHA) played in a game decided by one goal or less.

The Falcons (9-13-3 overall, 6-10-1-0 CCHA) built a 2-0 lead on goals by Tommy Dee at 1:29 of the first period and James Perkin at 12:02 of the second period. LSSU's momentum was slowed during that stretch when freshman Dan Barczuk was whistled for a five-minute major penalty and game misconduct at 16:41 of the opening period.

LSSU's Troy Schwab scored at 14:18 of the second period to cut the Falcons' lead in half. Simon Gysbers and Josh Sim had the assists.

Pat Aubry tied it, 2-2, with another Laker goal at 16:56. Tyson Hobbins had the only assist.

Bowling Green regained the two-goal lead in the third period when Brandon Svendsen scored a power-play goal at 7:35 and Kyle Page added an even-strength goal at 11:10. Dan Sexton assisted on both BGSU goals.

Rick Schofield scored LSSU's final goal two minutes later. Steven Kaunisto had the only assist on the power-play marker.

Both teams were 1-for-4 on the power play. BGSU goaltender Jimmy Spratt picked up the win as LSSU out-shot the Falcons, 34-20. Brian Mahoney-Wilson was in net for the Lakers.

Saturday night Lake Superior State hockey team defeated the Falcons convincingly Saturday.
Sophomore forward Rick Schofield scored two power-play goals and had two assists to lead the Lakers to an 8-4 win. LSSU split the weekend series and finished 2-1-1-1 against BGSU during the 2008-09 regular season.

Schofield scored a 5-on-3 power-play goal at 16:04 of the first period and tallied a 5-on-4 goal 27 seconds later to give the Lakers a 3-1 lead. LSSU went on to lead 4-1 at the end of a penalty-ridden first period and 6-3 after two periods.

Josh Sim, with a power-play marker, and Dan Barczuk also scored first-period goals for the Lakers. Freshman Kyle Pobur tallied his first collegiate goal at 2:04 of the second period. Pat Aubry and Will Acton rounded out the even-strength scoring, and Nathan Perkovich finished it off for LSSU with an empty-net goal at 18:31 of the third period.

LSSU's Steven Kaunisto, Simon Gysbers and Steve Oleksy also had two assists each, while Perkovich, Matt Cowie, Troy Schwab, Chad Nehring, Acton and Tyson Hobbins had one each.

Lake Superior State (7-11-8 overall, 4-8-6-1 Central Collegiate Hockey Association) out-shot BGSU 36-34 and held the Falcons to 1-for-5 on the power play. The Lakers were 3-for-5 with the man-advantage, including 3-for-4 in the opening period. They gave up a short-handed goal to Falcon Brandon Svendsen in the second period.

Laker goalie Brian Mahoney-Wilson allowed three goals and totaled 16 saves before leaving the game with an injury at 16:23 of the second period. Pat Inglis totaled 14 saves, including 12 in the third period, and gave up one goal.

David Solway led BGSU (9-14-3 overall, 6-11-1-0 CCHA) with two goals and one assist. Falcon starting goalie Jimmy Spratt stopped 12 of 16 shots in the first period. Nick Eno had 16 saves during the final two periods.

BGSU was 0-for-3 on the power play in the third period. LSSU had no power-play chances during the final stanza.

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