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Sunday, February 01, 2009

LSSU outclasses Spartans in the Sault

By Michael David/Lake Superior State Beat Writer

The Lake Superior State Lakers swept the Michigan State Spartans over the weekend, shutting them out Friday night, 2-0, and pulling out a 4-2 win on Saturday.

Friday night, Laker netminder Pat Inglis earned his first career shutout, blanking the Spartans on the back of 20 saves.

Tyson Hobbins put the Lakers up 1-0 in the first, with assists going to Fred Cassiani and Troy Schwab.

In the second period, Nathan Perkovich gave Lake State some insurance with a shorthanded marker when a shot from outside of the blue line careened off Jeff Lerg's glove and into the net. Matt Cowie earned the only assist on Perkovich's shortie.

Lerg made 30 saves in net for the Spartans.

On Saturday night, the Lakers had to battle back from a two goal deficit.

Kurt Kivisto netted a shorthanded goal of his own to put the Spartans up 1-0 in the first. Matt Schepke then added a power-play goal to put Michigan State in the driver's seat, 2-0. The Lakers came back with a power-play goal of their own only 20 seconds later when Steven Kaunisto found the back of the net with a shot from the point.

The Lakers took control of the game in the second period, with Brad Cooper and Will Acton both scoring goals on the rebound to give their team the 3-2 lead. Lerg seemed to have little help in front of him, as the aggressive Lakers jumped on the loose pucks.

Lake State put the game away in the third, when Perkovich scored on a five minute power-play to put the Lakers up 4-2. Perkovich also had two assists in the game, while Rick Schofield added three helpers of his own.

Inglis made 36 saves for the Lakers, while Lerg stopped 35 shots.

The Lakers head down to Ann Arbor next weekend for a CCHA match up with the Michigan Wolverines.

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