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Monday, January 05, 2009

Lakers travel to Clogate

The Lake Superior State hockey team plays its final regular-season non-conference series of the season on Thursday and Friday at Colgate.

The Lakers (5-8-7) and the Raiders (5-8-5) play at 7 p.m. both nights in Starr Arena. Both games will be broadcast live on Rock 101 via a feed and simulcast on Free live stats and pay-per-view video are also available on

LSSU has all-time records of 0-4-0 when playing in Hamilton, N.Y., and 1-5-1 overall against Colgate. The Lakers are making their first trip to Colgate since Oct. 15-16, 2004, when the Raiders swept a regular-season series, 3-2 and 2-1 in overtime. The teams also met on Oct. 14-15, 2005, in Sault Ste. Marie, and the Lakers claimed three of four points. LSSU forward Troy Schwab was a freshman when he notched two assists in that series.

LSSU is 3-4-3 when not playing in Taffy Abel Arena this season. The Lakers’ road record includes a 6-2 victory over Harvard and a 1-1 tie with Wisconsin during the Badger Showdown on Dec. 27-28 in Madison, Wis. They were idle last weekend. The Lakers’ most-unusual road statistic is their power-play percentage of .140 (7-for-50). They are 3-for-63 (.048) on the power play on home ice and have an overall success rate of 8.8 percent.

LSSU points leader Zac MacVoy, a junior forward, leads the Lakers in road games this season with 5-8—13. Schwab is second with 3-6—9, followed by freshman forward Fred Cassiani with 4-4—8 and senior forward Josh Sim with 4-3—7. Sophomore goaltender Brian Mahoney-Wilson is 2-3-2 with a 2.83 goals-against average and .918 save percentage, while junior goalie Pat Inglis is 1-1-1 with a 2.27 gaa and .930 save percentage.

MacVoy, with 8-10—18 overall, is currently tied for 12th in the CCHA in points, while Schwab, with 8-9—17, is tied for 15th. Schwab heads into this weekend’s series with 95 career points and is on track to become the Lakers’ first 100-point scorer since Joe Blaznek totaled 111 points from 1994-98.
Colgate, which has one win in its last 13 games, lost 6-4 at Vermont last Friday and tied Ferris State, 3-3, with a shootout loss last Saturday during the 13th annual Catamount Cup. Four of the Raiders’ last five games have been decided in overtime with Colgate going 1-0-3 in those contests. The Lakers have also had their share of overtime games this season, including four ties in their last seven games. They have collected a school-record seven ties during five of the last six seasons. Their last overtime victory was Feb. 22, 2008, at home against Alaska.

Junior forward David McIntyre (9-10—19) and freshman forward Austin Smith (9-9—18) lead the Raiders in points and are ranked third and fourth, respectively, in ECAC scoring. McIntyre, Smith and sophomore forward Brian Day are all ranked among the ECAC’s top five in goals scored with nine each, and Smith is the league’s top-scoring rookie. Colgate junior goaltender Charles Long is ranked fifth in the ECAC in goals-against (2.40) and seventh in save percentage (.907).

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