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Lakers lose Cappo Cup, but pick up three points for the weekend



Tim Krueckl

Feb. 21, 2004

Box Score

SAULT STE. MARIE - The Lake Superior State hockey team set a school record for single-season ties with Saturday's 2-2 deadlock against Northern Michigan.

LSSU (7-16-7 overall, 5-14-5 Central Collegiate Hockey Association) broke a record that was set multiple times, with the last being in 1994-95. The Lakers also picked up their 15th point in the CCHA standings and closed within four points of 10th-place Bowling Green and Ferris State. The Lakers travel to FSU next weekend.

"The momentum of our game is getting better," LSSU coach Frank Anzalone said. "We are finishing our checks and handling the puck better. Jeff Jakaitis made five brilliant saves tonight and made six last night. He out-played (Craig) Kowalski last night, but Kowalski played his usual great game tonight. We are getting better at becoming competitive."

Northern Michigan (16-13-3 overall, 11-12-1 CCHA) went ahead 1-0 on Rob Lehtinen's goal at 6:22 of the first period and took a 2-0 lead when Andrew Contois scored at 19:55 of the third period. Sault Ste. Marie native Alex Sawruk, playing his final collegiate hockey game in Taffy Abel Arena, assisted on Contois' goal.

LSSU, which had outstanding scoring chances throughout the game, finally got on the board when Alex Dunn scored on a delayed penalty at 11:23 of the final stanza. Nathan Ward and Ren Fauci drew assists.

The Lakers also had an extra attacker when Tim Krueckl scored the game-tying goal at 19:30. Trent Campbell assisted on the goal. Jakaitis came out of the net six seconds earlier.

"We had a big cycle shift where Alex Dunn scored," Anzalone said. "We don't make every play perfect, but we got some good effort out of our guys. It was great to see Krueckl get the tying goal. He battled really well all weekend. He played well in overtime."

LSSU out-shot the Wildcats 37-35 after being out-shot 35-18 in Friday's 5-2 victory. The Lakers were 0-for-4 on the power play, while NMU was 0-for-1.

Jakaitis (3-6-4) totaled 33 saves, including 12 in the second period. Kowalski (16-13-3) stopped 35 shots, including 18 in the first period.



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