February 20, 2004

Lakers Jump Out To Quick Lead And Hold On For The Win

 

MARQUETTE, Mich.â€Â“ The Lake Superior State University Lakers came into Marquette anddefeated the Northern Michigan University Wildcats in a hockey game.  For theLakers it was their first win in Marquette since March 3, 2000.  LSSU was 0-9-1 in their past 10 games entering the contest on Friday night.  By scoring threefirst period goals the Lakers cruised to a 5-2 win over the â€Â˜Cats on Fridaynight at the Berry Events Center.  With the loss the â€Â˜Cats drop to 16-13-2overall on the season and 11-12-0 in the CCHA.  LSSU is now 7-16-6 and 5-14-4 in the conference.

The Lakers struck first and fast asthey made the score 1-0 just 36 seconds into the game.  Nathan Ward scored thegoal.  LSSU would add two more in the period at 6:46 and 10:01, before Rob Lehtinen would narrow the lead to 3-1 with his fifth goal of the season at 14:24.  Patrick Murphy and Dusty Collins assisted.

The Lakers would add to their leadwith two more goals in the second period at 15:32 and 17:50 to make the score 5-1.  Murphy picked up his second point of the night with a goal, for hisfourth of the season, at 11:56 of the third period for the final tally on thenight.  Nathan Oystrick and Tuomas Tarkki assisted on the goal.  For Tarkki itwas his first career assist.

Craig Kowalski started in goal forthe â€Â˜Cats and lasted a little over 37 minutes.  He had 11 saves on the night. Tarkki played almost 21 minutes and registered two saves.  Jeff Jakaitis forLSSU had 33 saves on the night.  The Lakers had eight power play opportunitieson the night and converted two of them.  The â€Â˜Cats were shutout on six powerplay chances.  NMU had almost double the shots of LSSU as the â€Â˜Cats had 35shots on the night to 18 for LSSU.

The two teams will play the secondgame of the home-and-home affair on Saturday night at Taffy Abel Arena in SaultSte. Marie, Mich.

 

 

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Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director
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