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Friday's LSSU-Miami game to be televised on FSN Detroit



Jon Booras

Feb. 8, 2005

SAULT STE. MARIE - FSN Detroit will televise Friday's Central Collegiate Hockey Association game between Lake Superior State and Miami beginning at 7:35 p.m. in Oxford, Ohio.

The Lakers (7-15-6 overall, 6-9-5 CCHA) and RedHawks (12-14-4 overall, 8-11-3 CCHA) will also play at 7:35 p.m. on Saturday at Goggin Arena. Live radio broadcasts of both games will air on Rock 101 FM and be simulcast on www.lssulakers.com.

LSSU will be trying to regain momentum after last week's hard-fought, but disappointing home losses to CCHA contender Ohio State. A hot Miami team is returning home after winning three of four games on the road, including a split last weekend at Western Michigan. The RedHawks, who placed second in last year's CCHA regular-season standings, have bolted from 11th place to a three-way tie for sixth place in the league.

The Lakers put forth what was arguably their best effort of the season last weekend against Ohio State. They matched the seventh-ranked Buckeyes physically. They scored three power-play goals to end an 11-game scoring drought with the man-advantage. They held the CCHA's best power play team to 2-for-7 for the weekend. They out-shot OSU in Friday's 3-1 loss and held the Buckeyes to 43 shots on goal for the series. They had several good scoring chances.

But they just couldn't score enough goals to win.

"There are not enough guys, who were recruited to be goal scorers, who are putting forth the effort to get a goal here and there," LSSU coach Frank Anzalone said. "If they can't put one away clean, then they need to find a way to bust one in there."

Anzalone agonizes over every loss, but especially the close ones.

"Unfortunately, this is the toughest time of year to get goals and points," he continued. "Yes, I do think the players are realizing that they have to do more. We're one good save or one good goal away from getting a split with Ohio State. That's good. But in year four of our program, that's not quite good enough."

Miami ended LSSU's 2003-04 season during the first round of the CCHA Playoffs with 4-0 and 2-1 victories, with the latter win coming in overtime.

After winning their first four games in 2004-05, the RedHawks went 1-8-1 during their next 10 games. They were up and down until their latest streak, which ended at four games Saturday after Western Michigan scored on two of its first three shots and hung on for a 3-2 victory. Despite the loss, Miami freshman Nathan Davis scored his fourth shorthanded goal of the season and became the national leader in that category.

This weekend's series will be a showdown between two of the league's best goaltenders: Miami sophomore Brandon Crawford-West (2.40, .917), who was 13-0-2 in his home rink last season, and LSSU sophomore Jeff Jakaitis (2.65, .920). Laker senior Matt Violin (2.33, .931) could also get a starting nod.

Miami has several potent goal scorers, led by senior forward Todd Grant (13-14--27) and sophomore forward Matt Christie (10-15--25). Junior defenseman Andy Green (5-20--25), sophomore forward Marty Guerin (11-11-22) and Davis (11-7--18) are also among the RedHawks' leaders. Christie and Guerin were both named to the CCHA All-Rookie Team in 2003-04.

LSSU's top scorers are junior forward Jon Booras (8-7--15), sophomore forward Matt Restoule (6-7--13), versatile juniors Steve McJannet (2-8--10) and Nathan Ward (6-3--9), and sophomore forward Jeff Rainville (5-4--9).

UAF photo courtesy of Paul McCarty.



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