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Spartans are among the teams trying to catch LSSU



Ren Fauci

Jan. 18, 2005

SAULT STE. MARIE - Lake Superior State finds itself in the unfamiliar spot of being chased in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.

The Lakers (7-12-3 overall, 6-6-2 CCHA) travel to Michigan State on Friday and Saturday, then make the long trek to Alaska Fairbanks the following week. Both teams are trying to catch LSSU in the CCHA race for home ice in the first round of the league playoffs.

LSSU and MSU (12-11-1 overall, 7-9-0 CCHA) are tied for sixth place in the CCHA with 14 points, but the Spartans have the equivalent of two more losses than the Lakers, and the Lakers have two games in hand on the Spartans. Meanwhile, UAF (6-11-1 overall, 5-10-1 CCHA) is one of four teams tied with 11 points each.

The Lakers and Spartans play at 7:05 p.m. both nights at Munn Arena. Both games will be broadcast live on Rock 101 FM and simulcast on www.lssulakers.com.

After getting off to an uncharacteristically slow start to the season, Michigan State ended the first half with three straight wins, including a championship at the Great Lakes Invitational. The Spartans started off the second half of the season with a split at Miami and a home-and-home split with Western Michigan. In fact, since being swept by Michigan on Nov. 18-20, they have recorded consecutive conference splits against Notre Dame, Bowling Green, Miami and WMU. They dropped the first game of every series, except against the RedHawks.

The Lakers have enjoyed two three-point weekends in league play (vs. Ferris State and Notre Dame), but have had their share of splits - with Bowling Green, Alaska Fairbanks, Northern Michigan and Nebraska-Omaha. Their non-conference woes continued last weekend as they tied 3-3 and lost 5-0 at home to Alabama-Huntsville. The small, but speedy Chargers out-skated LSSU, which fell to 1-6-1 against non-league opponents.

LSSU and MSU are closely-matched in nearly every statistically category and are considered the two most-disciplined teams in the league. The Lakers lead the CCHA in average penalty minutes per game at 13.93, while Michigan State is second at 16.81.



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