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Lakers, Broncos skate to 3-3 tie

Bo Cheesman

Jan. 2, 2004

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SAULT STE. MARIE - Western Michigan struck early in every period, but Lake Superior State held its own with the Central Collegiate Hockey Association's No. 2-ranked offense and skated to a 3-3 tie Friday at Taffy Abel Arena.

"Both teams played really hard," LSSU coach Frank Anzalone said of the second-half opener for both teams. "Western has a lot of good players up front with a lot of good speed. We wish we hadn't been out-shot."

LSSU goalie Matt Violin (3-5-3) posted his first 40-save effort of the season as WMU out-shot the Lakers 43-28. It was only the second time this season LSSU has given up more than 40 shots on goal.

"I thought Violin played well," Anzalone said. "He stopped about eight shots they should have scored on, and I thought one of the goals he could have had back. Matt played really well and poised. He used his glove exceptionally-well tonight."

One of Violin's key stops was a break-away attempt by Bronco Jeremy Cheyne midway through the third period.

WMU (9-8-3 overall, 5-5-2 CCHA) took a 1-0 lead on Brent Walton's goal at 1:14 of the first period. Nathan Ward answered for LSSU (5-7-5 overall, 3-7-3 CCHA) two minutes later.

The Broncos made it 2-1 when Cheyne scored at 1:44 of the second period. LSSU responded with goals by Colin Nicholson at 13:31 and Cheesman at 16:41 and claimed a 3-2 lead.

WMU's Mat Ponto tied it at 5:29 of the third.

Cheesman led the Lakers with a goal and two assists, while Barnabas Birkeland, Ryan Reid, Tim Krueckl and Ward had one assist each.

Vince Bellissimo had two assists for the Broncos.

"Our strength was the will of the Cheesman-Krueckl-Ward line," Anzalone said. "They had some shifts where they scored some key goals. They had great will and played with a lot of intensity and focus."

Both teams finished 0-for-1 on the power play. WMU goaltender Scott Foster (6-5-3) totaled 25 saves.

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