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Lakers beat WMU Saturday for three-point weekend

Tim Krueckl

Jan. 3, 2004

Box Score

SAULT STE. MARIE - The Lake Superior State hockey team polished off one of its best defensive weekends of the season with a 2-1 victory over Western Michigan on Saturday at Taffy Abel Arena.

The win gave LSSU (6-7-5 overall, 4-7-3 Central Collegiate Hockey Association) three points for the series and vaulted the Lakers from a tie for 10th to a tie for ninth in the league standings.

"Our hearts were in the right place (in this game), and at the end we got lucky with a couple good bounces our way," LSSU coach Frank Anzalone said. "We are happy to finally win a game at home and end the weekend with three points."

All of the scoring in Saturday's game occurred in the second period, but the game was exciting from start to finish. Kory Scoran gave LSSU a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 4:52 of the middle stanza. Tim Krueckl and Ryan Reid assisted on the play.

Krueckl made it 2-0 with an even-strength goal at 14:41. Nathan Ward drew the only assist.

Western Michigan (9-9-3 overall, 5-6-2 CCHA) trimmed the lead to 2-1 with one second remaining in the period.

Neither team scored in the third period. LSSU fended off the Broncos when they pulled goalie Scott Foster in favor of an extra attacker with 1:07 remaining.

LSSU, which is the least-penalized team in the CCHA, was 1-for-2 on the power play, while WMU was 0-for-1. The Lakers allowed the Broncos only two power-play opportunities for the weekend.

"The key to the whole weekend was our discipline and not being in the box," Anzalone said. "By not taking penalties, we at least didn't have to kill against a good Western Michigan power play. We only had to do that once tonight and once last night. That's something the players should be proud of. It is hard in this league to not take penalties. We have been doing that all year, so that is a real positive."

Junior goaltender Matt Violin (4-5-3) followed Friday's 40-save performance with 35 saves on Saturday. He stopped 14 of 15 shots in the second period. He is 2-1-1 in his last four games.

"Matt had a rough start (this season)," Anzalone said. "He was butterflying on everything. Matt isn't as quick as (Jeff) Jakaitis, so he can't go down as often. His position play this weekend was good. Matt is a big 5-foot-11-inch guy, and when he plays big we have a better chance."

Foster (6-6-3) totaled 15 saves for WMU.

The Lakers play host to the U.S. National Team Development Program Under-18 squad in an exhibition game this Friday at 7:05 p.m.

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