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Lakers garner first CCHA win



Senior forward Jeremy Bachusz

Jan. 3, 2003

SAULT STE. MARIE - The Lake Superior State hockey team ended its Central Collegiate Hockey Association losing skid by exploding for its biggest offensive output since Nov. 26, 1999, and beating Michigan State 7-1 Friday at Taffy Abel Arena.

The Lakers (4-14-1 overall, 1-12-0 CCHA) recorded their first victory over MSU since February, 2000. Michigan State fell to 8-9-1 overall, 4-6-0 CCHA.

"We had some puck luck, but we also played our system during the first 13-14 minutes of the first period," said LSSU coach Frank Anzalone, whose team went into the game averaging .092 goals per game in CCHA play. "The puck luck was our reward, and that is really why we were able to get ahead of them and stay ahead of them."

Michigan State's John-Michael Liles scored the first goal of the game at 9:06, but LSSU's Jon Booras answered at 10:24. Booras has scored three of his five goals this season against MSU.

The Lakers never looked back at that point as Kyle Anderson scored his first goal of the season at 17:12 to make it 2-1. Jeremy Bachusz, Chris Peterson and Bo Cheesman added goals in the second period, and Bachusz and Nathan Ward scored in the third.

Bachusz finished with two goals and an assist, while Ryan Reid and Mike Adamek had two assists each.

"I think we worked pretty hard 70 percent of the game, and we challenged them all of the time," Anzalone said. "We were a little lucky, but we created that luck by being in control of our effort."

LSSU goalie Matt Violin totaled 32 saves and improved to 2-11-1. Justin Tobe (2-4-0) started the game, was pulled in the second period and re-entered in the third. He gave up four goals and totaled 14 saves, while Matt Migliaccio allowed three goals and had 10 saves.

LSSU and MSU play a rematch Saturday at 7:05 p.m.

"I told the team it needs to try to get better again tomorrow, to try to play another great game of our system," Anzalone said. "Whether we win or lose it, as long as we're in the game we have a chance to get better."



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