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Sunday, February 08, 2009

Lakers Swept by Michigan

Friday night the University of Michigan scored a short-handed goal with six seconds remaining in the first period and tallied two more goals during the first two minutes of the second period to take control of the first game of this weekend's Central Collegiate Hockey Association series against Lake Superior State.

Michigan (20-9-0 overall, 14-7-0-0 CCHA) scored three unanswered goals in the second period to take a 4-1 lead and went on to beat LSSU, 6-2, in front of 6,847 fans Friday at Yost Arena. It was the most goals given up by the Lakers this season.

U-M's Matt Rust tallied the short-handed marker that tied the game, 1-1, late in the opening period and scored an even-strength goal at 2:54 of the third period. Louie Coporusso also scored twice for U-M to bring his season goal total to 22.

Will Acton gave LSSU a 1-0 lead with an even-strength goal at 6:05 of the first period. Matt Cowie and Josh Sim were credited with the assists. It was Acton's third goal in four games.

Laker Rick Schofield cut the lead to 5-2 with a power-play goal at 6:39 of the third period. Nathan Perkovich and Acton had the assists as Schofield increased his point total to 8-6--14 in the Lakers' last 11 games. Perkovich picked up his seventh point in four games.

LSSU (9-12-8 overall, 6-9-6-1 CCHA) was 1-for-7 on the power play, while Michigan finished 1-for-3.

LSSU goaltender Pat Inglis totaled 35 saves, including 14 in the second period and 13 in the third. U-M netminder Bryan Hogan had 19 saves.

Saturday night Lake Superior State tightened its defense following Friday's four-goal loss to fourth-ranked Michigan, but the Wolverines also played a strong defensive game to win 2-1 Saturday at Yost Arena.

Michigan swept the series and improved to 21-9-0 overall and 15-7-0 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. LSSU (9-13-8 overall, 6-10-6-1 in the CCHA) fell to 1-9 in games decided by one goal.

Junior Zac MacVoy, who is currently third on the team in points, snapped his seven-game scoring drought and scored LSSU's only goal at 19:14 of the first period. Simon Gysbers was credited with the assist as the Lakers took a short-lived one-goal lead.

Michigan tied it 18 seconds later with an even-strength goal by Carl Hagelin. U-M's Brian Lebler tallied the game winner at 6:25 of the second period. Aaron Palushaj assisted on both Michigan goals.

LSSU was short-handed throughout most of the first five minutes and during the last 4 1/2 minutes of the third period. The Lakers were 0-for-3 on the power play and held Michigan scoreless on seven power-play chances.

Pat Inglis totaled 29 saves for Lake Superior State. Winning goalie Bryan Hogan had 26 saves.

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