By Michael David/Lake Superior State Beat Writer
The Lake Superior State Lakers failed to sweep the Western Michigan Broncos on Saturday night, losing 4-1, and playing possibly their worst game of the season on Senior Night.
It was a stark contrast to Friday night, however, as the pucks were flying in the net and LSSU topped WMU, 7-4.
Friday night, the Lakers took a 6-0 lead in the game after the first two periods.
First-period goals were scored by Nathan Perkovich, Dan Barczuk, and Josh Sim.
Kyle Haines, Zac MacVoy and Carter Lee all found the back of the net for the Lakers in the second stanza.
LSSU seemed to go to sleep in the third, as WMU scored four unanswered goals by Kyle O'Kane, Ian Slater, Greg Squires and Patrick Galivan.
The Lakers woke up late, and scored a goal by Chad Nehring to give them selves a little breathing room.
In net for the Broncos, Riley Gill made 13 saves in the loss before being relieved by Jerry Kuhn, who made 17 saves.
For the Lakers, Pat Inglis secured the win with 16 saves, but his third-period collapse forced his replacement by Brian Mahoney-Wilson, who stopped five shots.
Saturday night, the Broncos (10-17-7, 7-13-6-2 CCHA) scored two quick goals and the Lakers had two goals called off in the loss.
Inglis gave up two bad goals to Chris Clackson and Galivan on only seven shots. Mahoney-Wilson would again take the net for the Lakers in relief, making 14 saves on the night.
The Lakers had a goal called off in the first because MacVoy was in the crease after it appeared he was cross-checked into it. There was no penalty on the play.
In the third period, WMU would get a power-play goal by Clackson to go up, 3-1.
MacVoy would score a meaningless goal for the Lakers to cut the lead to two. LSSU had another goal called off in the third and again, with no explanation.
Galivan would score an empty-net goal for the Broncos.
Gill made 37 saves in goal for Western, who host Bowling Green next weekend.
The Lakers (10-16-8, 7-13-6-1 CCHA) play thier final series in Marquette next weekend against Northern Michigan.