December 2, 2006

'Cats Swept By The Lakers

MARQUETTE, Mich. The Lake Superior Lakers swept the Northern Michigan University Wildcats for the first time since March of 2000. That time the Lakers defeated the ‘Cats 4-3 and 3-1. This time LSSU won 2-0 in the Soo last night and 5-2 tonight in Marquette at the Berry Events Center. LSSU had a 1-0 lead entering the third period. A total of six goals were scored in the final 20 minutes of play.
 
The ‘Cats have now dropped three games in a row as they now stand at 7-8-2 overall and 4-5-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). The Lakers improve to 10-5-1 and 5-4-1 respectively.
 
The Lakers jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the ‘Cats answered. LSSU’s Trent Campbell scored the opening goal of the game at 13:09 of the first period. Campbell scored his second goal of the game at 1:37 of the third period on the power play (2-0). Derek A. Smith made the score 3-0 with another power-play goal at 3:28.
 
Darin Olver answered with a power-play goal of his own at 12:59, for his sixth of the season, to cut the Lakers lead to 3-1. Mike Santorelli and Matt Maunu assisted. Maunu then made the score 3-2 with his third goal of the season at 12:59. Olver and Dusty Collins assisted.
 
Thirteen seconds later, Derek R. Smith turned the light on at 13:12 to give the Lakers a two-goal cushion at 4-2. Pat Aubry scored the final goal of the period at 19:13 into an empty net.
 
NMU had a season-high 39 shots for the game. The ‘Cats had 18 shots in the second period and 12 in the third. LSSU had 21 for the game.  The Lakers scored three power play goals in nine opportunities. NMU had eight power play chances and converted one.
 
Bill Zaniboini had 16 saves on the night. Pat Inglis turned away 37 shots he faced.
 
Next week the ‘Cats host the Michigan State Spartans for two games (Dec. 8-9).
 
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Prepared By
David Faiella
Sports Information Director
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