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Lakers beat Miami on the road

Nathan Ward

Feb. 11, 2005

OXFORD, Ohio - Nathan Ward was inches short of notching Lake Superior State's first hat trick since 1999, but the junior forward led the Lakers to a 3-2 victory over Miami in Friday's Central Collegiate Hockey Association game played in front of a FSN Detroit television audience.

Ward scored LSSU's first two goals and assisted on the game-winner as the Lakers (8-15-6 overall, 7-9-6 CCHA) jumped to a 3-0 lead and held on for the victory. He and linemate Trent Campbell were clicking throughout the night, and they almost connected on a 2-on-1 in the third period, but Ward's hat trick attempt deflected off of Miami back-up goalie Charlie Effinger.

Ward scored at 6:34 of the first period and 9:23 of the second during a Laker power play. Campbell assisted on both goals. Ryan Reid drew an assist on the first goal, and Derek R. Smith assisted on the second.

Ward back-handed a pass to Kory Scoran, who tallied the game-winning goal on a shot from the point at 15:03 of the second period. Smith picked up his second assist on the marker.

Miami (13-14-4 overall, 9-11-3 CCHA) fought back with goals from Brad Robbins and Matt Christie, trimming LSSU's lead to 3-2 with 16 minutes remaining in the game. The RedHawks dominated the early half of the final stanza, but the Lakers controlled the puck during most of the last eight minutes of the game.

LSSU senior goaltender Matt Violin totaled 31 saves to improve to 3-1-3 for the season. Miami starting goalie Brandon Crawford-West gave up three goals and totaled 17 saves through two periods. Effinger stopped all eight shots he faced in the third.

LSSU was 1-for-2 on the power play, while Miami finished 0-for-4.

LSSU and Miami face off again Saturday at 7:35 p.m. at Goggin Arena. LSSU improved to 3-8-3 on the road. The Lakers and RedHawks both have 19 points in the CCHA standings.

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