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Providence to play at LSSU for the first time



Steve McJannet

Jan. 20, 2004

SAULT STE. MARIE - Lake Superior State is 0-3 in its all-time series against Providence, but the Lakers are hoping for a different outcome when they play host to the Friars for the first time in school history.

LSSU and Providence will play a non-conference series at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Taffy Abel Arena. Both games will be broadcast live on WSUE 101.3 FM and simulcast on www.lssulakers.com. The Norris Center Ticket Office will take Canadian money at par for Saturday's game.

When Providence defeated LSSU 9-1 in 1975, 7-2 in 1998 and 5-1 in 2000, all three games were played in Providence, R.I.

The Lakers hope to turn the tables in Taffy Abel Arena, where former Laker assistant and associate head coach Paul Pooley will be making his first visit since taking over the Friars' program 10 years ago. Pooley was a member of former LSSU coach Jeff Jackson's staff for three seasons, and helped the Lakers reach the NCAA Tournament championship game all three years. LSSU won two national titles during that run - in 1992 and 1994.

Providence associate head coach David Berard is also a former Laker assistant. He was a member of former LSSU head coach Scott Borek's staff in 1996-97 and 1997-98. Berard has been with Pooley for seven seasons during two different stints.

The Friars are 8-7-6 overall following last weekend's 1-1 and 3-3 ties with Northeastern. They are 2-6-5 in Hockey East. LSSU and Providence have had no common opponents, to date, but the Friars are 1-1-1 against eighth-ranked New Hampshire and played third-ranked Maine to a 3-2 loss. They are 2-7-2 against top-10 teams this season and play second-ranked Boston College tonight.

Central Collegiate Hockey Association teams are 6-3-2 against Hockey East opponents this in 2003-04.

Lake Superior State (6-9-5 overall, 4-9-3 CCHA) is coming off a disappointing 5-0 loss on Friday and a hard-fought 3-2 loss on Saturday at Ohio State. The Lakers came from behind to take a 2-1 lead midway through the second period on Saturday, but the Buckeyes scored two goals in a 2:30 span and held on for the victory.

The newly-formed line of freshman Dominic Osman, senior Chris Peterson and junior Bo Cheesman accounted for both Laker goals at OSU. It was Peterson's fourth appearance in a game this season.

Cheesman (9-6-15) currently leads the Lakers in goals scored and points, while Osman (8-6-14) is a close second. Freshman Trent Campbell (3-9-12) is third in scoring.

Providence is led in scoring by junior center Chris Chaput (6-17-23), senior center Peter Zingoni (10-12-22) and sophomore left wing Torry Gajda (10-10-20).

The Friars average 3.3 goals per game compared to LSSU's 2.2 and have scored five short-handed goals this season.

The Friars' top goaltenders are sophomore Bobby Goepfert (7-3-2) with a 3.36 goals-against average and .899 save percentage, and junior David Cacciola (1-4-4) with a 1.85 gaa and .940 save percentage.



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