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Lakers get back on winning track with victory over OSU

Troy Schwab

Jan. 26, 2007

SAULT STE. MARIE - The Saskatchewan Line of Trent Campbell, Josh Sim and Troy Schwab reunited Friday after a brief one-series breakup and scored three goals to lead the Lake Superior State hockey team to a 4-2 victory over Ohio State.

The Lakers (14-10-3 overall, 8-8-3 Central Collegiate Hockey Association) snapped a four-game losing streak and took a 2-1 lead in this season's cluster series against the Buckeyes (9-11-5 overall, 7-8-4 CCHA).

Ohio State went into the series with a one-point lead over LSSU in the CCHA standings. Now the Lakers have the one-point edge heading into Saturday's 7:05 p.m. showdown at Taffy Abel Arena.

Lake Superior State rallied back from a 1-0 deficit and built a 3-1 command.

Buckeye Tom Fritsche scored the first of his two goals at 16:55 of the second period. Laker Jeff Rainville tied it, 1-1, at 16:55 as Dominic Osman and Derek R. Smith drew assists.

Campbell and Schwab took advantage of Buckeye turnovers in OSU's zone and scored at 00:20 and 9:46 of the third period, respectively. Schwab had the only assist on Campbell's goal. Schwab made it 3-1 with his fourth goal of the season, which was unassisted.

Fritsche cut the lead to 3-2 at 12:46. Ohio State pulled goaltender Joseph Palmer in favor of an extra attacker with 1:03 to go. Sim won a race to a loose puck, tallied an empty-net goal with 42 seconds remaining and secured the win.

LSSU scored four goals on only 22 shots. Laker netminder Jeff Jakaitis stopped 33 of 35 shots on goal, including 14 of 15 shots in the third period.

Ohio State finished 1-for-1 on the power play, while LSSU was 0-for-2.

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