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Monday, October 29, 2012

Lakers, Spartans split on Homecoming Weekend

By Michael David/LSSU Beat Writer

A busy weekend in Sault Ste. Marie began with the first ever Lake Superior State homecoming parade and pep-rally Friday night. 

The Lakers would then go on beat the Michigan State Spartans 3-2. MSU would win the rubber-match on Saturday by holding off the Lakers 4-2.

Friday night both teams played solid defense to keep the game scoreless after one period of play. In the second, the Lakers would get on the board with a power-play goal by Ben Power. Zack Sternberg and Dan Radke would get the assists. Lake State then extended their lead when Nick McParland scored a nice goal assisted by defenseman Kevin Czuczman. The Spartans would cut the lead in half with a power-play goal of their own by Tanner Sorenson. Lee Reimer and Brent Darnell were credited with the assists.

The Lakers lost also lost their goalie, Kevin Kapalka, on the scoring play, who left the game with an apparent shoulder injury. He was replaced by junior net minder Kevin Murdock.

The Lakers would add one more before the second period came to an end. Exactly one second before. The Lakers solid fore-checking wouldn't allow the Spartans to clear the puck, which ultimately ended up on the stick of Chris Ciotti, who was able to back-hand it into the net. Sternberg and Buddy Robinson assisted on the last-second goal.

Michigan State would close the gap in the third period, when Anthony Hayes scored to make it 3-2. His goals was assisted by R.J. Boyd and Chris Forfar. The Spartans were unable to find the equalizer, and Lake State held on for the win. Kapalka made 17 saves for his effort, and Murdock stopped 5 and picked up the victory.

MSU was 1-5 on the power-play, while LSSU was 2-4.  

Will Yanakeff made 26 saves in net for the Spartans.

Saturday night Michigan State steady stream of blue in the penalty box to secure the 4-2 win. They got on the board early in the first, scoring with the extra man with a goal by John Draeger, and assited by Sorenson and Travis Walsh.

MSU extended their lead in the second, with another power-play goal by Sorenson. Reimer and Matt Berry earned the assists. LSSU finally got on the board to cut the lead to 2-1 when Ciotti scored another late-period goal, assisted by Robinson.

The Spartans kept their power-play attack hot, when Berry scored early third period goal assited by Greg Wolfe and Matt DeBlouw. MSU's fourth goal, the only one scored without the extra man, was scored by Hayes. Draeger and Justin Hoomainn got the assists. The Lakers scored late in the third to cut the lead in half, but were unable to pop in a couple of more. Steven Perfetto scored the Laker goal assisted by Sternberg and Power.

Murdock stayed in net for the Lakers, making 33 saves in the loss. Jake Hildebrand made 28 saves in the Spartan net.

LSSU was 0-4 on the power play, and MSU was 3-6.

The Lakers (3-3-0, 1-1-0 CCHA) travel up to Alaska to take on the Nanooks next weekend. The Spartans (2-3-1, 1-1-0 CCHA) have a home-and-home series with Bowling Green.

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