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Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Roller Coaster week for Lakers



By Michael David/LSSU Beat Writer

The hockey week for the Lake Superior State Lakers started on Tuesday night, with an exhibition game against Laurentian University. The Lakers took it to the visiting Voyagers, with a 9-2 victory. Thirteen different Lakers recorded at least one point in the game, and were led by Eric Drapluk with one goal and three assists. Bryce Schmitt scored two goals, while Pete Spratte, Ian Miller, Alex Globke, and Chris Ciotti each had a goal and assist, respectively. Freshmen Nathan Harris and Gus Correalle each contributed a goal. In net, Kevin Kapalka started the game, keeping the visitors scoreless in his 30:07. He was replaced by Kevin Murdock, who allowed the two goals in the last minutes of the game. The Lakers were 2-5 with the extra man, while Laurentian was held off 0-2.

On Friday night the 12th ranked Lakers took the road to Madison, WI to face the Big Ten's Wisconsin Badgers. LSSU picked up where they left off on Tuesday, scoring their three goals in the first five minutes of the first period. Globke lit the lamp just 33 seconds into the game, followed by a power-play goal by Dan Radke, and Colin Campbell. The Lakers gave up one goal toward the end of the firs period, and the Badgers tied the game in the third period, including a late goal with the goalie pulled. After the scoreless overtime, the game went into a shootout. Lake State won that by the score of 3-2. Campbell, Andrew Perrault, and Stephen Perfetto scored the shootout goals. Kapalka stopped 41 shots for LSSU, who was 1-3 on the power play.

In Saturday's game, the Lakers were on the other side of a route, at the hands of the Badgers. The 8-1 drubbing is the LSSU's first loss of the season. Defenseman Kevin Czuczman scored the lone goal for Lake State in the second period. Kevin Murdock made 36 saves for the Lakers in net. Lake State was also 0-3 on the power play, while Wisconsin was 1-5.

The Lakers (4-1-1) will play their first WCHA league game next weekend at Taffy Abel Arena, as they host the Alaska Nanooks for Pink in the Rink, and Great Lake State Weekend.

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