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Lakers top Wildcats



Jeremy Bachusz

Feb. 15, 2003

SAULT STE. MARIE - Lake Superior State led in the third period for the third time in four meetings with Northern Michigan, but didn't let the Wildcats slip away this time.

LSSU never relinquished its lead in a 4-2 win over NMU Saturday at Taffy Abel Arena. Senior Jeremy Bachusz scored his second goal of the game at 18:11 of the third period to give the Lakers a two-goal cushion as the Lakers bounced back from Friday's 2-1 loss.

LSSU (5-21-4 overall, 2-19-1 Central Collegiate Hockey Association) snapped a six-game losing streak and 10-game winless streak with its second league victory of the season. The Lakers scored more than two goals for the first time since a 4-4 tie with Canisius on Jan. 11.

"Tonight our goal was to work as hard as we could and do the same things we have been doing in our system, but go even harder than ever," said an elated LSSU coach Frank Anzalone, who stirred up as much noise as he could from the crowd after the victory horn sounded. He wanted his players to relish their win a bit longer.

"I thought it was really right that we got rewarded because we truly did work as hard as we possibly could," Anzalone said.

Lake Superior State not only played one of its most physical games of the season, but battled back after giving up an early goal. NMU's Dirk Southern scored 59 seconds into the game to give the Wildcats (15-13-2 overall, 11-10-1 CCHA) a 1-0 lead. Bachusz answered with his first goal at 2:32.

Northern's Peter Michelutti broke the 1-1 tie with a goal at 2:09 of the second period, but LSSU's Chris Peterson answered 33 seconds later.

Jon Booras scored the game-winner at 4:06 of the third period.

"Each time Northern scored we got a goal back," Anzalone said. "The goal we scored at the top of the third period, when most teams have scored against us, was a real key point."

All six goals were even-strength. NMU has gone five games without a power-play goal, while LSSU has been scoreless in six with the man-advantage.

LSSU goalie Matt Violin (3-17-3) played his best game since his school-record 60-save performance at Alaska Fairbanks on Jan. 18. He totaled 35 saves, while NMU goalie Craig Kowalski (13-12-2) stopped 25 shots.

Derek Seal picked up two assists for the Lakers, while Kyle Anderson, Bo Cheesman and Mike Adamek had one each.

LSSU finished 1-3 against NMU during the regular season. The Lakers travel to Notre Dame on Feb. 21-22.



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