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Lakers reverse fortunes after Friday night debacle



Ryan Reid

Jan. 22, 2005

EAST LANSING - Lake Superior State battled back from its worst loss in more than three years and skated to a 2-2 tie with Michigan State in Saturday's Central Collegiate Hockey Association game at Munn Ice Arena.

The Lakers (7-13-4 overall, 6-7-3 CCHA) totally collapsed in Friday's 8-0 loss, which was their worst since losing 9-1 to Northern Michigan in November, 2001. They appeared to be a different team on Saturday, but struggled through a penalty-ridden first period.

Michigan State (13-11-2 overall, 8-9-1 CCHA) was 1-for-4 on the power play in the opening stanza, taking a 1-0 lead on Ash Goldie's power-play goal at 4:07.

LSSU broke an eight-period scoreless streak when Matt Restoule tied the score, 1-1, at 2:41 of the second period. Jon Booras and Dan Eves assisted on the goal.

Michigan State regained the lead, 2-1, when David Booth scored at 5:36. Booth also assisted on Michigan State's first goal.

Laker sophomore Trent Campbell tied it again at 18:36 of the second period with his second goal of the season. Jeff Rainville and Ren Fauci drew assists.

The third period and overtime included several exciting moments. Restoule had a chance to score following a Spartan turnover, but shot the puck over the goal. MSU's Jim Slater shot at an open net during the final minute, but the shot was blocked by Laker defenseman Ryan Reid.

Early in the overtime period, an MSU shot hit the crossbar. LSSU was forced to kill off a penalty the began 44 second into the extra stanza. Derek R. Smith was whistled for contact to the head following a scrum in the corner. Both goalies had four saves in overtime.

Jeff Jakaitis (5-12-2) totaled 31 saves, including 12 in the third period, for LSSU. Spartan goaltender Dominic Vicari had 27 saves.

MSU finished 1-for-7 on the power play, while LSSU was 0-for-3.

Michigan State and LSSU went into the series tied for sixth place in the CCHA with 14 points each.

Coach Frank Anzalone was very happy with the way his team performed.

"Tonight our guys played hard and maybe deserved even more than a tie," Azalone said. "But we have to be respectful that we are in Munn Arena, and the one point right now is very valuable to us. We are happy with that, but I am even more happy with the way that we played. We were able to compete with a team that has a lot of talent. We had two or three of the best chances at the end to win. It was really good to see our team play so hard."

Some of the Lakers' most valuable assets in the game were their defensemen along with a few big-hearted forwards.

"I thought Ryan Reid, Alex Dunn, Kory Scoran, and Ren Fauci played all world out there," Anzalone said. "The other three defensemen chipped in wherever they could. Mark Adamek played really good, especially in the first part of the game. They played with their hearts. Matt Restoule was one of the best players on the ice tonight. He wanted to play; now we just need him to play that way every single night. But tonight, it was a great, great effort by those few people."

Laker goaltender Jeff Jakaitis was named the Perani Cup First Star of the Game. Anzalone was very happy with his performance.

"Jakaitis has a really big heart," Anzalone said. "Big heart players can compete with anybody. They might not always win, but they will always be there. Guys with no heart, they can't compete, unless they are on a great team and then you can hide them. But, on a team like us, you can't hide guys with little hearts. Jeff Jakaitis is a really big heart. Win, lose, or draw he was going in there tonight. He is a good man."

The Lakers travel to Alaska Fairbanks for a Jan. 28-29 series.



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