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Lakers make the most of 18 shots on goal

Dominic Osman

Feb. 20, 2004

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MARQUETTE - Northern Michigan out-shot Lake Superior State 35-18, but the Lakers made the most of their scoring chances in Friday's 5-2 Central Collegiate Hockey Association win at the Berry Events Center.

The Lakers (7-16-6 overall, 5-14-4 CCHA) won at Marquette for the first time since Jan. 3, 2000, and put themselves back in the hunt for the Father Cappo Cup, which is decided by total goals during the annual series. NMU (16-13-2 overall, 11-12-0 CCHA), which swept the early-season home-and-home series with back-to-back 3-0 wins, holds a 7-5 edge on the Cappo Cup scoreboard going into Saturday's game at Taffy Abel Arena.

More importantly, LSSU moved out of 12th place in the CCHA standings. The Lakers now have 14 points, while Nebraska-Omaha has 12 following Friday's 3-0 loss at Michigan State.

LSSU totaled only six shots on goal in the first period, but jumped to a 3-0 lead during the first 10 minutes of the game. Thirty-six seconds after the opening faceoff, Nathan Ward made it 1-0. Dominic Osman scored at 6:46, and Bo Cheesman put the Lakers up 3-0 with a power-play goal at 10:01.

NMU's Rob Lehtinen cut the lead to 3-1 at 14:24 of the opening period. Osman regained the three-goal cushion with a power-play goal at 15:32 of the second period. Derek Smith made it 5-1 at 17:50 of the middle stanza.

Osman also drew an assist to finish with three points, while defenseman Kory Scoran totaled three helpers. Cheesman, Barnabas Birkeland, Mike Adamek and Jeffrey Rainville had one assist each.

Winning goaltender Jeff Jakaitis (3-6-3) totalled 33 saves, including 14 in the third period. NMU netminder Craig Kowalski (16-13-2) had 11 saves through 37:50. He was replaced late in the second period by Tuomas Tarkki, who stopped two shots.

LSSU was 2-for-8 on the power play, while the Wildcats were 0-for-6.

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