Sault Ste. Marie, MI…The Lake Superior State Lakers opened their season with a flurry of goals as they buried the visiting University of Toronto Varsity Blues, 15-1, at the Taffy Abel Arena on Friday night.
Bo Cheeseman led the onslaught with a hat trick and two assist. Steve McJannett also scored a hat trick for the Lakers.
In net, Matt Violin got the start and stopped all five shots he faced. His replacement Jeff Jakaitis steered away 8 of 9 blasts.
The Lakers outshot the Varsity Blues, 49-14 for the game.
The Lakers will begin the season with a pair of non-conference games against the Colgate Raiders in Hamilton, NY next weekend.
Houghton, MI…The Michigan Tech Huskies began their season by beating the Lakehead University Thunderwolves, 4-1, on Friday and then falling, 6-2, to the US Under-18 Team on Saturday.
The Huskies came out flying in the opener against their rivals from Thunder Bay, Ontario, scoring four power-play goals en route to the victory. Colin Murphy, Brandon Schwartz, Clay Wilson, and Lars Helminen all turned on the light for Michigan Tech while Bryce Luker got the start between the pipes and stopped 27 of 28 shots.
MTU outgunned the USA on Saturday at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena, 36-33, but gave up four straight unanswered goals to close the game and take the loss.
Tyler Skworchinski and Pekka Saittakari scored for the Huskies and Cam Ellsworth stopped 27 of 33 shots.
Next up for the Huskies is a two-game, early season conference dog fight with the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs (1-0-1) at the DECC in Duluth next weekend.
Marquette, MI…The Northern Michigan Wildcats didn’t exactly spring into action as they tied the US Under-18 Team, 3- 3, in their exhibition icebreaker and then fell to York University, 1-0, at the Berry Events Center over the weekend.
Northern started the season strong on Friday as Matt Maunu, John Miller, and Matt Ciancio scored to give the home team a 3-0 lead. Team USA stormed back with three goals in the third period, two shorthanded and a power-play marker to spoil the fun and earn the tie.
Sophomore Bill Zaniboni made his first start in net and stopped 21 of 24 shots.
Eric Gooldy scored the only goal of Saturday’s exhibition for the visiting Lions. Toumas Tarkki turned aside 16 of 17 shots in the ‘Cats net. NMU was also done in by an 0-10 power-play.
The ‘Cats will begin the season in earnest next weekend when they travel to St. Cloud, MN for a pair of non-conference games against the Huskies.