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Lakers return home, blast Falcons

Dominic Osman

Jan. 27, 2006

SAULT STE. MARIE - The Lake Superior State hockey team returned to Taffy Abel Arena and got back on the winning track Friday, beating Bowling Green 6-1 in Game 1 of a Central Collegiate Hockey Association series.

LSSU (13-7-5 overall, 9-7-3 CCHA), which was coming off a frustrating one-point weekend at Ferris State, outshot BGSU only 30-28, but the slight shot advantage didn't reflect how much the Lakers controlled the game. They were 1-for-2 on the power play and killed off all seven Bowling Green penalties.

"We played really hard," LSSU coach Jim Roque said. "We went after Bowling Green from the very beginning. Even though we won 6-1, (Jeff) Jakaitis still had to make some really good saves. Bowling Green made some good plays. Our league is so balanced right now. I know it will be a much different game tomorrow."

Dominic Osman scored at 3:45 of the first period to give the Lakers an early lead, and Colin Nicholson scored a power-play goal less than two minutes later to make it 2-0.

LSSU extended its lead to 4-0 on second-period goals by Nathan Ward and Troy Schwab.

Schwab also scored at 9:15 of the third period, and Derek R. Smith rounded out the scoring at 17:37.

Osman and Derek A. Smith contributed two assists each, and Jon Booras, Matt Wheeler, Josh Sim, Mike Adamek, Steve McJannet, Ward and Colin Nicholson had one assist each.

LSSU goaltender Jeff Jakaitis stopped 27 of 28 shots to earn the win. BGSU's Brandon Svendsen spoiled his shutout at 14:13 of the third period.

Falcon goalie Jon Horrell totaled 24 saves.

LSSU and Bowling Green (12-15-1 overall, 8-12-1 CCHA) will play Game 2 of the series at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday.

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