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LSSU and Alaska Fairbanks skate to a 2-2 tie



Kory Scoran

Jan. 29, 2005

FAIRBANKS, Alaska -- Despite coming out to an early 2-0 lead in the first period, the Lake Superior State hockey team tied Alaska Fairbanks 2-2 Friday night at the Carlson Center. The Nanooks scored two unanswered goals to send the game into overtime.

The Lakers (7-13-5, 6-7-4 Central Collegiate Hockey Association) took a 1-0 lead at 13:55 of the first period when blueliner Kory Scoran scored his forth goal of the year. Scoran took a huge slap shot off of the left point and whizzed the puck past Nanook goaltender Wylie Rogers. Sophomores Trent Campbell and Derek R. Smith assisted on the goal.

An Alaska Fairbanks (10-11-2, 7-10-2 CCHA) skater took his frustration out on Laker Matt Restoule by checking him head first into the Alaska-Fairbanks' bench.

Laker Steve McJannet silenced the cheering crowd by scoring his second goal of the season at 15:23 of the first period. McJannet skated with his line mates on an odd-man rush against the Nanook defense. McJannet's goal was unassisted. The Lakers ended the first period with a 2-0 lead.

Nanook Aaron Lee brought the UAF crowd back into the game at 13:28 of the second period when he scored off a rebound to bring his team within one goal of the Lakers. Lucas Burnett crashed the net forcing Jakaitis to make an initial save, but Jakaitis was unable to stop Lee's rebounded shot. Ryan Muspratt also assisted on the goal.

Alaska Fairbanks peppered Jakaitis with shots during the third period. Jakaitis, along with the Laker defense, fended off the Nanook offense for the first 19 minutes of the period. UAF called a timeout with a little more than a minute to play in the game.

The Nanooks pulled Rogers out of the net in favor of an extra attacker after the timeout. The Lakers could not fend off the six-man offense, and Kyle Greentee tied the game at 18:59. Rogers returned to his net and the game went into a five minute overtime.

The Nanooks out-shot the Lakers 23-7 in the third period.

UAF out shot LSSU 51-26. Neither team scored on the power play. Alaska Fairbanks was 0-3, and Lake State was 0-2 with the man advantage.

Jakaitis was named the Perani Cup second star of the hockey game.

Lake Superior State is now 0-1-1 on Olympic ice surfaces this season. Alaska Fairbanks and Northern Michigan are the only two teams in the CCHA to play on the larger surface.

Alaska Fairbanks and Lake Superior State will meet again Saturday at 11:05 p.m. EST in Fairbanks. The two teams remain tied for seventh place in the CCHA.



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