Lake Superior State won the battle of the U.P. this past weekend as the Lakers took a pair from Northern Michigan in a home-and-home series.
Friday night, LSSU goalie Jeff Jakaitis (pictured right) pitched his school-record tenth career shutout in a 2-0 win at Taffy Abel Arena. Jakaitis, who tied the record with his ninth shutout on Nov. 17, totaled 31 saves as he held an opponent scoreless for the third time this season. He broke the career record set by former Laker Blaine Lacher, who played at LSSU from 1991-1994.
Dominic Osman and Steven Kaunisto scored for Lake Superior.
Bill Zaniboni made 21 saves for the Wildcats.
In Marquette Saturday night, LSSU made it a sweep with a 5-2 win.
More importantly, LSSU ended its power-play scoring drought. After going 0-for-9 with the man-advantage in Friday's 2-0 victory and coming up empty on five tries through the first two periods on Saturday, the Lakers scored three power-play goals on four chances in the third period.
Trent Campbell scored twice and Derek A. Smith, Derek R. Smith and Pat Aubry added goals for LSSU. Jeff Rainville and Troy Schwab each recorded two assists.
Darin Olver and Matt Maunu tallied for NMU.
LSSU freshman goaltender Pat Inglis made 37 saves to earn the win. His effort included 18 saves in the scoreless second period. Zaniboni finished with 16 saves for Northern Michigan.
Lake Superior State (10-5-1, 5-4-1 CCHA) travels to Ferris State this weekend for two games, while the Wildcats (7-8-2, 4-5-1 CCHA) host Michigan State for a pair.