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Wildcats shut out Lakers at Taffy Abel Arena

Dominic Osman

Dec. 5, 2003

Box Score

SAULT STE. MARIE - Sault Ste. Marie native Alex Sawruk skated in uncontested and scored his first goal of the season at 4:37 of the second period to end a scoreless deadlock. His goal set the tone for Northern Michigan's 3-0 victory over Lake Superior State in Friday's Central Collegiate Hockey Association game at Taffy Abel Arena.

Sawruk is a senior forward for the Wildcats, who rebounded from last weekend's two losses at Notre Dame and improved to 6-7-0 overall and 5-6-0 in the CCHA. LSSU, which was idle last weekend, dropped to 4-5-4 overall and 2-5-2 in league play.

The Lakers played in front of 2,656 spectators -- their biggest home crowd of the season. The "Believe" Campaign bettered its goal of 600 as LSSU set a student attendance record of 708 fans.

The Wildcats put the game away with third-period goals by Darin Olver at the 10-second mark and Andrew Contois at 17:15.

Olver also assisted on Contois' goal and was the Wildcats' only player with multiple points. Contois transferred to NMU from LSSU last season.

NMU goaltender Craig Kowalski (6-7-0) totaled 34 saves and LSSU out-shot the Wildcats 34-20. LSSU freshman goaltender Jeff Jakaitis (2-1-2) had 17 saves in his first career loss.

NMU was 0-for-4 on the power play, while LSSU was 0-for-5.

The Lakers and Wildcats play again Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Berry Events Center in Marquette. It will be the Lakers' first game of the season on an Olympic-sized ice sheet.

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