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Lakers hope to reverse fortunes at U-M

Defenseman Ryan Reid

Jan. 27, 2004

SAULT STE. MARIE - A Lake Superior State hockey team looking to break a five-game winless streak will take on the Central Collegiate Hockey Association's hottest team in a two-game series in Ann Arbor.

The Lakers (6-11-5 overall, 4-9-3 CCHA) play Michigan (16-7-1 overall, 11-4-1 CCHA) at 7:35 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Yost Arena (Note time change). The game will be broadcast live on WSUE 101.3 FM and simulcast on

LSSU, which is in the midst of its toughest stretch of the season, takes on a U-M squad that has swept its last two CCHA series and is 5-0-1 in its last six league games. Michigan's five-game winning streak is the longest current run in the CCHA.

Lake Superior State has lost four games in a row, scoring just three times in those contests. The Lakers played well defensively in Saturday games against Ohio State and Providence, but failed to cash in on their scoring chances. On the positive side, they have given up an average of only 24.7 shots on goal in their last three games.

LSSU coach Frank Anzalone is focused on eliminating brief lapses during which the Lakers tend to give up goals in bunches. They gave up three goals in six minutes during the first period Saturday against Providence - a 3-1 loss, and two goals in 5:13 in the third period Friday - a 3-0 loss.

Two weeks ago at Ohio State, the Buckeyes scored three goals in 4:14 in the second period Friday - a 5-0 LSSU loss, and two goals in 2:30 in the second period Saturday - a 3-2 LSSU loss.

Last season, Michigan won all four meetings against LSSU, outscoring the Lakers 16-2 and shutting them out on 19 power-play opportunities. The Lakers can't afford any letdowns against U-M.

The Wolverines are coming into the series with the league's top-rated offense (3.46 goals per game in overall games played) and second-rated defense (2.42 goals-allowed). They are ranked third on the power play and fourth in penalty killing.

The Lakers are ranked 12th in scoring at 2.09 goals per game and seventh in goals-allowed at 2.91. They are rated 10th on the power play and 11th in penalty killing.

Michigan is led in scoring by freshman T.J. Hensick (9-18-27), Andrew Ebbett (5-14-19) and sophomore Brandon Kaleniecki (10-7-17). The U-M line of Hensick, Kaleniecki and junior Milan Gajic (7-9-16) has 10 goals and 15 assists in the Wolverines' last five games.

Michigan's Mike Woodford (0-4-4) and Mike Brown (6-3-9) will miss Friday's game after receiving game-disqualification penalties last Saturday against Western Michigan.

Wolverine goaltender Al Montoya (15-6-1) has a 2.23 goals-against average and .914 save percentage.

Lake Superior State's top scorers are junior Bo Cheesman (9-6-15), freshman Dominic Osman (8-6-14) and freshman Trent Campbell (3-9-12). Sophomore Jon Booras (2-7-9) scored the Lakers' only goal last weekend against Providence.

Junior goaltender Matt Violin (4-7-3) has a 2.91 goals-against average and .895 save percentage, while freshman Jeff Jakaitis (2-4-2) has a 2.37 gaa and .917 save percentage.

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