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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Lakers split with Seawolves


By Michael David/LSSU Beat Writer

The Lake Superior State Lakers didn't gain any ground in the WCHA standing, after splitting a home series with the Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves over the weekend.

Lake State got off to a good start to the series, with a 5-3 win on Friday. The Seawolves drew first blood, Colin Campbell tied the game at one in the first period while the Lakers were on the power-play.

The Lakers really started finding the back of the net in the second period, with goals by Ian Miller, Zach Sternberg, and Andrew Dommett. UAA netted another goal before Dan Radke notched a power-play marker in the closing minutes of the period.

The Seawolves added one more goal in the third, but Lake State and goalie Kevin Murdock held them the rest of the way. Murdock made 23 saved on the night. Freshman Alex Globke continued his success, racking up three assists on the night.

On Saturday night, the Seawolves turned the tables on the Lakers. They started the game by running  Murdock in net several times, and netted the first periods' lone goal.

UAA took the 2-0 lead in the second while Murdock was being interfered with, but the Lakers bounced back with a goal by Bryce Schmitt. The Seawolves where awarded their third goal by the officials, who watched the puck bounce over Murdock and not actually go into the net, because the net was well off it's moorings, but over the line, and must have decided it was close enough!

Tempers flared in the second period, as many infractions by the Seawolves went uncalled, especially goalie interference. This not only led to the Lakers losing their best defenseman in Kevin Czcuzcman, but actual power-plays for UAA! Alaska-Anchorage used the controversial situation to seize control of the game, 5-1.

The Lakers tried a comeback in the third period, with Stephen Perfetto tickling the twine just 34 seconds in the stanza. That would end the scoring, however, even after the Lakers pulled Murdock at the 3:47 mark. Murdock made 34 saves in the loss.

Lake State travels to Marquette next weekend, to take on U.P. rival Northern Michigan Wildcats.

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