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Violin sets a school record for single-game saves



Sophomore goaltender Matt Violin

Jan. 18, 2003

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Lake Superior State sophomore Matt Violin totaled a school record 60 saves to salvage a 2-2 tie against Alaska Fairbanks in Friday's Central Collegiate Hockey Association game.

LSSU coach Frank Anzalone expected an onslaught from Alaska Fairbanks (8-9-4 overall, 5-8-4 CCHA), which was swept last weekend by Michigan State. The Nanooks delivered.

Alaska Fairbanks held the Lakers (4-15-4 overall, 1-13-1 CCHA) to single-digit shot totals in every period and out-shot the Lakers 4-0 in overtime.

"I saw the shots on goal after the first period and I didn't believe them," Anzalone told the Fairbanks Daily News Miner. "The first half of the game felt good, the other half of the game Alaska showed why they are recognized as a team that could be in the top six (in the CCHA)."

Violin (2-12-3), whose previous career high was 50 saves against St. Lawrence on Dec. 14, totaled 19 saves in the first period, 16 in the second, 23 in the third and four in overtime. He broke the previous single-game school record of 54 saves set by Pat Tims in 1974.

AUF was 2-for-5 on the power play, while LSSU finished 0-for-2.

LSSU led twice during the game. Freshman Steve McJannet scored his first career goal at 19:14 of the first period to give the Lakers a 1-0 lead. Cam Keith answered for the Nanooks with a power-play goal at 1:14 of the second period.

Laker freshman Nathan Ward made it 2-1 with an unassisted goal at 10:24 of the second period period. UAF tied it with another power-play goal by Felipe Larranaga at 18:02.

Larranaga also assisted on Keith's goal. Laker Mike Adamek drew the assist on McJannet's goal.

The majority of the shots, especially early in the game, came from the perimeter with no Nanooks in front of the net.

"They have a lot of big bodies, and I think they did a good job in front of the net," UAF coach Guy Gadowsky said.

UAF goalie Lance Mayes (3-2-3) totaled 23 saves.

LSSU is 0-0-3 in its last three games and 1-1-4 in its last six outings. The Lakers have recorded back-to-back ties on several occasions, but previously have never skated to three straight ties during the program's 37-year history.

The teams play tonight at 11:05 est. The game will be broadcast live via a feed on WSUE 101.3 FM and simulcast on lssulakers.com.



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