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Lakers nearly succeed in comeback with goalie pulled



Derek Smith

Dec. 13, 2003

Box Score

SAULT STE. MARIE - Lake Superior State outscored Alaska Fairbanks 4-3 with goalie Matt Violin pulled in favor of an extra attacker, but the Nanooks' three empty-net goals were enough to beat the Lakers 7-4 Saturday at Taffy Abel Arena.

UAF's win left LSSU with a 5-7-4 overall record heading into the three-week holiday break. The Lakers dropped to 3-7-2 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings, while the Nanooks improved to 8-8-0 overall and 6-6-0 in the CCHA with their first road win of the season.

Alaska Fairbanks dominated the first two periods to build a 3-0 lead. Cam Keith, Cory Rask and Curtis Fraser all scored in the second period for the Nanooks, while Ryan Lang made it 4-0 at 7:30 of the third. Keith and Rask scored 16 seconds apart.

LSSU coach Frank Anzalone began pulling Violin at 8:10 of the third period and eventually pulled him seven times for a total of 7:29.

Junior Bo Cheesman scored the Lakers' first goal at 8:21 to make it 4-1, but UAF's Tom Herman answered with an empty-net goal at 9:01.

Freshman Derek Smith scored back-to-back Laker goals at 12:06 and 14:21 to cut the Nanooks' lead to 5-3. His first goal was a power-play goal. UAF answered again with Curtis Fraser's empty-netter at 14:45.

LSSU freshman Dominic Osman scored at 15:02 to make it 6-4. Rask completed the scoring with his second goal of the game at 19:06.

Osman also finished with two assists, while Tim Krueckl, Colin Nicholson and Trent Campbell added one each.

LSSU starting goaltender Jeff Jakaitis totaled 12 saves and was replaced by Violin after UAF scored its first goal at 4:48 of the second period. Violin (3-5-2) also had 12 saves during a 27:43 span and took the loss.

UAF goalie Preston McKay (5-4-0) totaled 24 saves, including 13 in the third period.

The Lakers are idle until Jan. 2 when they play host to Western Michigan.



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