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Nanooks end Lakers' string of ties

Freshman forward Nathan Ward

Jan. 19, 2003

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Alaska Fairbanks took advantage of Laker goalie Matt Violin's fatigue and scored three unanswered goals in the second period, then held on for a 5-2 Central Collegiate Hockey Association victory on Saturday.

Violin, who stopped a school record 60 shots in Friday's 2-2 tie, replaced starting goalie Terry Denike at 16:17 of the first period on Saturday. Denike left the scoreless game after UAF's Ryan Campbell took a charging penalty.

Cory Rask gave Alaska Fairbanks (9-9-4 overall, 6-8-4 CCHA) a 1-0 lead at 1:52 of the second period. Russell Spence and Blaine Bablitz added goals at 5:20 and 18:47, respectively.

"It crossed my mind that (Violin) might be a little tired," Bablitz told the Alaska News Miner. "We wanted to continue to pepper him and crash the net." Colin Nicholson finally got the Lakers on the board when he scored his second goal of the season at 3:58. UAF's Kelly Czuy made it 5-1 at 15:55, and LSSU's Nathan Ward wrapped up the scoring with a power-play goal at 17:47.

Jeremy Bachusz and Derek Seal drew the assists on Nicholson's goal. Mike Adamek and Steve McJannet had the assists on Ward's goal. The McJannet-Ward-Adamek line totaled three goals for the weekend.

Denike had nine saves, and Violin (2-13-3) finished with 28 in taking the loss. UAF goalie Keith Bartusch stopped 26 shots in his first career start.

LSSU was 1-for-2 on the power play, while UAF was 0-for-1.

The Lakers (4-15-4 overall, 1-13-1 CCHA) play host to Michigan at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday at Taffy Abel Arena. The teams meet again Saturday at 7:35 p.m. at Joe Louis Arena.

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