Lakers Jump Out To Quick Lead And Hold On For The Win
MARQUETTE, Mich.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Lake Superior State University Lakers came into Marquette anddefeated the Northern Michigan University Wildcats in a hockey game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For theLakers it was their first win in Marquette since March 3, 2000.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ LSSU was 0-9-1 in their past 10 games entering the contest on Friday night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ By scoring threefirst period goals the Lakers cruised to a 5-2 win over the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on Fridaynight at the Berry Events Center.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the loss the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats drop to 16-13-2overall on the season and 11-12-0 in the CCHA.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Nathan Ward scored thegoal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Nathan Oystrick and Tuomas Tarkki assisted on the goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For Tarkki itwas his first career assist.
Craig Kowalski started in goal forthe ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats and lasted a little over 37 minutes.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He had 11 saves on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tarkki played almost 21 minutes and registered two saves.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Jeff Jakaitis forLSSU had 33 saves on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakers had eight power play opportunitieson the night and converted two of them.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were shutout on six powerplay chances.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had almost double the shots of LSSU as the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜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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