The Lake Superior State Lakers offense exploded over the weekend, routing the University of Windsor, 7-0, on Saturday night and the U.S. National Under-18 Team, 7-3, on Sunday afternoon in a pair of exhibition games.
LSSU got their offense going Saturday while keeping Windsor to only nine shots on goal. The Laker attack was led by freshman Fred Cassiani with two goals and an assist and Brad Cooper with four assists.
Will Acton got things going for Lake State with a power-play goal in the first period. The Lakers would go up 2-0 in the second when freshman defensman Kyle Haines found the back of the net. Cassiani would then break things open scoring two goals in 20 seconds to give his team the 4-0 lead. Acton would keep things going for the Lakers, scoring another power-play goal to end the period.
Junior Nathan Perkovich kept the Lakers power play hot, lighting the lamp to start off the third period. Defensman Steven Oleksy would finish the Laker scoring with an even-strength goal in the final minutes of the game. In net, junior goaltender Mitch Edmonson made his first collegiate start and had an easy night with the nine saves.
On Sunday afternoon, the Lakers would pick up where they left off, going 4-for-9 on the power play in beating the NTDP for the first time in school history. Acton scored two goals, Rick Schofield had a goal and two assists and Zac MacVoy added four helpers to lead the Laker attack.
Also finding the net were Josh Sim, Matt Cowie, Perkovich and Cooper getting his first goal as a Laker. Time in net was split by Pat Inglis, who gave up one goal and made 11 saves, and Brian Mahoney-Wilson, who gave up two goals and made eight saves.
The Lakers resume CCHA play this weekend when they visit the scrappy Ferris State Bulldogs.
Above photo: Laker players wait to ring the victory bell after their win over the talented Under-18s. Photo by Mike Burrill.