By Bob Miller/Lake Superior State Beat Writer
Upset-minded Lake Superior State was so close to earning a big season-opening win over eighth ranked Minnesota-Duluth in the first round of the Superior Cup Friday night, but the Lakers simply couldn't hold on, relinquishing a one-goal lead five separate times in their 6-6 tie with the Bulldogs.
The second round of the annual two-game showdown of Great Lakes hockey programs was less kind to the Lakers. Michigan Tech jumped to a 3-1 first period lead and never looked back, dumping Lake Superior, 6-2 in the Saturday tourney finale.
Rick Schofield and Domenic Monardo were the main Laker offensive contributors Friday against Minnesota-Duluth. Schofield posted a pair of goals and two more assists, while Monardo, a freshman, added a goal and two assists of his own.
The Lakers used the power play to good advantage, scoring four of their six goals with the man advantage.
Schofield and Monardo also set up Matt Cowie's late goal Saturday night against Michigan Tech, after Zach Trotman got the Lakers on the scoresheet first only seven minutes into the game.
Senior Brian Mahoney-Wilson and freshman Kevin Kapalka split the goaltending duties for the Lakers. Mahoney-Wilson turned aside 32 Minnesota-Duluth forays in Friday night's opener and Kapalka stopped 19 Michigan Tech shots on Saturday.
Lake Superior gets their first taste of regular season CCHA action this coming weekend when they travel south to battle Notre Dame in a two-game road set.