By Tom Balog / LSSU Beat Writer
The Lake Superior State Lakers played well in two straight games, but fell victim to the dreaded shootout at the 59th annual RPI Holiday Classic in Troy, N.Y.
The Lakers tied Union 0-0 through 60 minutes and overtime before losing 1-0 in a shootout Friday night.
Defenseman Steven Kaunisto and forwards Domenic Monardo and Rick Schofield couldn’t find the back of the net for LSSU in the shootout.
The Dutchmen’s second shooter, Mario Valery-Trabucco, beat LSSU netminder Brian Mahoney-Wilson for the lone goal in the shootout.
Mahoney-Wilson saved a total of 30 shots on the game.
Union's Keith Kinkaid also stopped 30 shots.
The Lakers came back from a two-goal deficit in Saturday’s third place game against Bentley, but faltered again in the shootout to finish in fourth place.
Anders Olson and Brandon Bahnemann both scored first period markers to put the Falcons up 2-0 after 20 minutes of play.
Junior blueliner Dillin Stonehouse scored his first of the season with the extra attacker on the ice, just 26 seconds into the second period to put the Lakers on the board.
Just over two minutes later, Chad Nehring's team-high ninth goal of the year on the power-play knotted up the score at 2-2.
The two squads skated through the remainder of regulation all tied up and the Lakers headed to their second straight shootout.
Bentley’s Marc Menzione and Dustin Cloutier both scored on their attempts while LSSU’s Brian Cooper and Nehring came up empty.
Mahoney-Wilson stopped 20 shots for LSSU and Bentley goaltender Kyle Rank was forced to save 49 shots.
Union defeated host RPI, 5-4 in overtime, during Saturday's championship game.
Lake Superior State (6- 7- 3, 3-6-1 CCHA) will be on the road at Bowling Green next weekend.