LSSU came out with an offensive explosion Friday night against BGSU. Junior goaltender Jeff Jakaitis was his regular stellar self recording 27 saves on 28 shots.
The Lakers came out flying, in front of a crowd of 2285, including a strong contingent in the student section. Junior forward Dominic Osman scored his eighth goal of the season, on a rebound, less than 5 minutes into the game. LSSU was able to add another goal at minutes later just over ten seconds into their first power play of the contest, with Colin Nicholson scoring his sixth goal of the season.
Senior forward Nathan Ward banged in the goal on the doorstep five minutes into the second period to make it a 3-0 Laker lead. After killing off two penalties, freshman Troy Schwab scored his sixth of the season to give the Lakers a 4-0 lead.
Schwab was able to add his second goal of the game midway through the third period burying a breakaway past Bowling Green goaltender Jon Horrell. Bowling Green’s Brandon Svendsen was able to breakup Jakaitis attempt for his fifth shutout of the season by scoring a goal with just over eight minutes left in the third period. Derek R. Smith was able to slip a back hand shot past BGSU goaltender Horrell on the odd man rush to give the Lakers a 6-1 lead.
Saturday night Laker forward Colin Nicholson opened the scoring for LSSU, notching his seventh goal of the season midway through the first period.
Bowling Green was able to tie the game at 1-1 when Derek Whitmore scored on the power play for the Falcons at midway through the second period. Trent Campbell was able to regain the lead for the Lakers scoring on a 5-on-3 opportunity for the Lakers at minutes later. On the ensuing 5-on-4 Bowling Green’s Brandon Svendsen was able to take the puck on a breakaway and bury it behind Jeff Jakaitis, to tie the game at 2-2.
Lake State’s Jon Booras was able to break the tie with what would become the game winning goal at three minutes into the third period. Nicholson was able to add a second goal of the game a little over a minute later (4:35) to give the Lakers an insurance goal.
The series sweep puts LSSU in sole possession of second place in the CCHA with 23 points, with Michigan State (22 points), Northern Michigan (22 points), and Michigan (22 points) knocking at their door. LSSU has one game in-hand against MSU, two to NMU, and U of M has two games in-hand against LSSU. Lake Superior plays these teams twice each following a series next weekend in Omaha.
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