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Michigan crushes the Lakers' hopes of a weekend sweep

Kory Scoran

Feb. 11, 2006

ANN ARBOR -- The University of Michigan beat the Lake State hockey team 4-2 on Saturday night at Yost Arena to give the two teams a weekend split.

Michigan (17-11-3, 12-8-3 Central Collegiate Hockey Association) changed its jerseys from white to its home gold, hoping to give its team luck after a 3-2 overtime loss to the Lakers on Friday night. The new jerseys seemed to do the trick early on in the first period.

Brandon Kaleniecki started his team's four-goal scoring surge at 3:49 of the first period when he scored a off a big rebound by sliding the puck past Laker goaltender Jeff Jakaitis. Andrew Ebbett picked up an assist on the goal.

Déjà vu seemed to hit the Lakers (15-8-8, 11-8-4 CCHA) halfway through the period when Kaleniecki scored his second goal of the night at 11:42. Ebbett once again assisted on the goal.

Ebbett picked up his third point of the night when he gave his team a three goal lead at 14:28 of the first period. Kaleniecki and Jason Dest assisted on the goal.

Tyler Swystun stunned the Laker team when he scored to give the Wolverines a four-goal lead.

The Lakers, playing in front of a FSN Detroit television audience for the first time this season, refused to let the Wolverines walk away with the period. Defenseman Mark Adamek stole the puck from a U-of-M forward in the defensive zone and made a long pass to Jeff Rainville. Rainville slid an across-ice pass to Steve McJannet, who found a rushing Kory Scoran.

Scoran flipped a wrist shot past Wolverine goaltender Noah Ruden for his fifth goal of the season. He trimmed U-M's lead to 4-1 at 18:29 of the opening period.

With 57 seconds remaining in the period, the Lakers found more luck on a similar play. They once again rushed out of the defensive zone, enabling Nathan Ward to skate straight up center ice. Ward passed to Derek R. Smith, who quickly passed the puck to sophomore Dan Eves. Eves found a wide open left side of the net and flipped in a backhanded wrist shot to put the Lakers within two goals of the Wolverines.

That was the end of the scoring for two teams that combined for nine first-period goals during a hard-fought series.

Lake Superior pulled Jakaitis with a little under two minutes left in the game. The Lakers were unable to score with the extra attacker, and Jakaitis finished with 20 saves.

The Lakers were 0-for-2 on the power play, while the Wolverines were 0-for-4. Michigan out-shot the Lakers, 24-20.

The Lakers return home Friday, Feb. 17, when they will face Northern Michigan. The puck will drop at 7:35 p.m. The Lakers will travel to Marquette to play the Wildcats next Saturday night. The Upper Peninsula home-and-home series will be featured on CCHA Digest.

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