By Tom Balog / LSSU Beat Writer
After a strong start to the season, the Lake Superior State Lakers have been a wreck over the last few weekends.
LSSU roared into the year with a solid 4-1 record, but trying to figure out a 0-4-1 record in their last five games as they prepared to take on the No. 11 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks.
Unfortunately the Lakers continued the winless streak in Friday’s opener, falling 4-0 to the Mavs at the Qwest Center.
Rich Purslow led the Mavs with a pair of goals and Brandon Richardson and Joey Martin also scored.
Brian Mahoney-Wilson made 27 saves in the losing effort and Jeremie Dupont stopped 24 shots on the other end for the shutout.
Friday’s drubbing marked the Lakers’ sixth straight CCHA loss, including a heartbreaking shootout loss at Western Michigan last weekend. It was also the Lakers first shutout loss since Feb. 14, 2009, against Miami.
The Lakers finally broke out of their funk and earned their first road victory since October 11 with a 3-1 on Saturday night.
Rick Schofield (pictured) scored just 59 seconds into the game and Will Acton and Domenic Monardo also lit the lamp to post LSSU to a 3-0 lead by the 19:01 mark of the second period.
Terry Broadhurst broke up Mahoney-Wilson’s shutout bid at 2:13 of the third period, but the junior netminder finished the night with 30 saves.
Dupont steered away 23 for UNO.
After a four-game road trip, the Lakers (5-6-1, 2-5-1 CCHA) will return home to host Alaska in a pair of games this weekend.
Picture courtesy LSSU Athletics