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Lakers to play rematch with Bulldogs in Big Rapids



BJ Pelkey

Jan. 17, 2006

SAULT STE. MARIE - Fourteenth-ranked Lake Superior State will take a 4-4-1 road record into this weekend's Central Collegiate Hockey Association series at Ferris State.

The Lakers (12-6-4 overall, 8-6-2 CCHA), who play eight of their last 12 regular-season games on the road, are coming off a bye week. Ferris State (10-8-5 overall, 5-6-4 CCHA) suffered two losses at Northern Michigan last weekend and beat Bowling Green 6-5 in a make-up game Monday in Bowling Green, Ohio. The Bulldogs, who play host to LSSU at 7:05 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at Ewigleben Ice Arena, will be wrapping up a busy nine-day stretch that includes five contests -- three on the road.

This is a key series for both teams, who skated to 4-4 and 1-1 ties in Sault Ste. Marie on Oct. 21-22. Not only are they well-matched opponents, but only four points separate the third-place Lakers and the tied-for-eighth-place Bulldogs in the standings. LSSU is currently in the hunt for its first top-four CCHA finish since 1999-00, and only fourth-place Michigan has a games-in-hand advantage over the Lakers. Thanks to the bye week, LSSU now has games in hand over first-place Miami, second-place Northern Michigan and seventh-place Bowling Green.

In Game 1 of the home series against Ferris State, LSSU senior defenseman Kory Scoran had a goal and an assist, and freshman defenseman Marty Gurnoe had two assists to lead the Lakers. The teams were a combined 5-for-12 on the power play. In Game 2, freshman forward Josh Sim scored LSSU's only goal, and the teams were a combined 0-for-11 with the man advantage.

Ferris State has continued to be up-and-down on the power play, going 0-for-11 against NMU last weekend and 4-for-8 against the Falcons on Monday.

LSSU and Ferris State are still nearly even in several special teams categories in CCHA play. The Bulldogs are third (.194) and the Lakers fifth (.183) on the power play. FSU is tied for fifth (.830) and LSSU is seventh (.830) in penalty killing. LSSU is ranked third (19.56) and FSU fourth (19.67) in average penalty minutes per game.

LSSU's defense is ranked second behind Miami in the CCHA and fifth nationally with a 1.9 goals-allowed average.



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