Notre Dame University was able to end Lake Superior State University’s unbeaten streak at seven, after beating the Lakers on Sunday in a series dominated by referee Mark Wilkins calling 27 penalties during the weekend. Saturday night, LSSU junior goaltender Jeff Jakaitis earned his third shutout win of the season, while the Lakers where able to go 3-for 8 on the power play, and score four goals on the night to beat ND, 4-0.
LSSU's Derek A. Smith scored his second goal of the season during a 5-on-3 power-play advantage to give the Lakers a 1-0 lead. Barnabas Birkeland and Troy Schwab assisted on the goal. Colin Nicholson added a power-play goal to give the Lakers a 2-0 lead. Kory Scoran and captain Steve McJannet assisted on Nicholson's fourth goal of the season, which came at 10:30 of the opening period.
Alex Dunn increased his team's lead to three by scoring 30 seconds into the second period as Nathan Ward drew the lone assist. Senior forward Mike Adamek scored the Lakers' only even-strength goal of the game at 12:01 of the third period, giving LSSU a 4-0 lead. Schwab and Josh Sim assisted on the goal.
Sunday afternoon, LSSU fell behind early when Notre Dame's Tim Wallace scored 41 seconds into the game. Wallace gave the Irish a two-goal lead by scoring his second goal of the game on a power play at 14:35. Notre Dame took advantage of a power play opportunity halfway through the second period to build a three-goal advantage with Noah Babin scoring.
Junior forward Trent Campbell scored the Lakers' first goal of the game at 14:09 of the second period. Ward and McJannet drew the assists. At 2:46 of the third period, Mike Walsh increased Notre Dame's lead to 4-1, scoring his team's third power-play goal. Adamek scored his second goal of the weekend, and third goal in four games, at 10:02 of the third period, trimming ND's lead to 4-2. Birkeland and Schwab assisted on the goal.
The Lakers had an empty net again with 2:53 to go. Ward scored his third goal of the year, with Jakaitis on the bench in favor of an extra attacker, to bring them within a goal of the Irish. Scoran and McJannet had the assists.
The Lakers again pulled Jakaitis, but failed to tie the score during the game's closing minute.
Lake Superior State plays three exhibition games next week in three days - at Lakehead Wednesday, vs. Calgary Thursday and vs. St. Francis Xavier Friday night.