Monday, October 08, 2012
Lakers squeak past Ryerson
The Lake Superior State Lakers kicked off the 2012-13 campaign with a 2-1 exhibition win over the Ryerson University Rams. The first period ended in a 0-0 tie, with both net minders making some great saves and pucks getting stuck on the goal line and being pounded off the posts.
The Lakers finally broke into the score column when Chris Ciotti snuck a shot on the far side to light the lamp. Defenseman Zach Sternberg was credited with the only assist. The Rams would tie the game on a power play game about two minutes later to make it 1-1.
After killing off some penalties in the third period, Dan Radke banged in a rebound at the 12:21 mark to take the 2-1 lead. Captain Dominic Monardo and freshman Austin McKay earned the assists. The Lakers were able to hold off the Rams the rest of the way, even after the goalie was pulled.
In net, Kevin Kapalka went the distance making 26 saves on the night including a break-away stop. The Lakers will host the tough Michigan Tech Huskies next Thrusday night at the Taffy Abel Arena. Both LSSU and MTU will be skating in the WCHA next season.