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Lakers blast Nanooks 7-2 at Abel Arena

Tim Krueckl

Dec. 12, 2003

Box Score

SAULT STE. MARIE - A week after going scoreless in back-to-back games, the Lake Superior State hockey team enjoyed an offensive bonanza, skating to a 7-2 victory over Alaska Fairbanks on Friday at Taffy Abel Arena.

The Lakers (5-6-4 overall, 3-6-2 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association) scored the most goals since their 7-1 home victory over Michigan State in January, 2003.

Sophomore Colin Nicholson and senior Tim Krueckl scored two goals each for LSSU. Krueckl also had two assists to finish with four points for the night.

The Nanooks (7-8-0 overall, 6-5-0 CCHA) retaliated by scoring less than a minute after LSSU's third and fourth goals, then gave up three straight unanswered goals during the final 27:53.

"We played really well the first half of the game," LSSU coach Frank Anzalone said. "The second half of the game they really exploded up front. We weren't countering it well. But, we continued to score some goals and were opportunistic."

Sophomore Alex Dunn, freshman Derek Smith and junior Bo Cheesman also scored goals for LSSU. John Booras, Ryan Reid and Trent Campbell had two assists each in addition to Krueckl. Smith, Dominic Osman, Ren Fauci and Matt Restoule added single assists.

Kelly Czuy and Ryan Campbell scored second-period goals for UAF.

Winning goalie Matt Violin (3-4-2) totaled 37 saves for the Lakers. Last year, he set a school record for single-game saves with 60 in a 2-2 tie at Alaska Fairbanks.

"Matt Violin did a good job," Anzalone said of Violin's first start since Nov. 21. "His rebound control was better at the end of the game than the beginning."

UAF goaltender Preston McKay (4-4-0) totaled 10 saves before being pulled in favor of Keith Bartusch at 12:07 of the second period. Bartusch gave up two goals and stopped eight shots.

LSSU was 2-for-3 on the power play, while Alaska Fairbanks finished 0-for-0.

"The power play handled the puck well," Anzalone said. "Fairbanks is a really good penalty-killing and forechecking team. The key to our power play was that we won those draws and never had to break out. Their goalie made some saves, but gave up some rebounds and we were able to crash that."

With the victory, LSSU surpassed last year's season point total in the CCHA standings. The Lakers now have eight points and stand in 10th place.

The Lakers and Nanooks play again at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Taffy Abel Arena. It will be LSSU's final game before a three-week holiday hiatus.

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