by Mike Burrill / LSSU Beat Writer
The Lake Superior State Lakers earned a hard-fought split with a talented Clarkson Golden Knights team over the weekend.
Friday night, the Lakers fell to Clarkson by the score of 4-0. Sophomore Pat Inglis was in net, making 21 saves on the night. LSSU was 0-for-5 on the power play, while the Knights went 2-for-7.
Saturday night, the Lakers were able to turn things around and finally got the power play going.
Toward the end of the first period, Nathan Perkovich scored Lake State's first power-play goal of the season with assists going to defenseman Simon Gysbers and captain Troy Schwab.
LSSU would take that momentum into the second period, when freshman Chad Nehring scored minutes after the puck dropped on a nice feed from Josh Sim. The Lakers continued the assault when Steven Kaunisto's shot from the point found the net on a feed from Dan Eaves. Eaves would then get a power play goal of his own to end the second period. Nehring and Kaunisto drew assists.
In the third period, Nehring would wrap up his multiple point game with another power-play goal set up by Eaves and Nik Sellers.
The best story of the weekend comes from between the pipes. Freshman netminder Brian Mahoney-Wilson would earn his first career win in his first start on the back of 32 saves. The San Jose Sharks draft pick shutout Clarkson for 55:23 of the game, before leaving with an undisclosed injury. Inglis would enter the game in relief, giving up the Knights lone goal of the night in the closing minute.
Lake Superior State (1-2-1) plays at No. 12 Notre Dame on Thursday and Friday.