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Lakers battle No. 1 Michigan to the wire

Simon Gysbers

Feb. 15, 2008

ANN ARBOR - The Lake Superior State hockey team is using this weekend's series against No. 1-ranked Michigan to gauge how far it has come since losing 5-1 and 6-2 to the Wolverines in mid November.

For the most part, the Lakers will like what they discovered. They just couldn't stop the Central Collegiate Hockey Association's top two scorers, Kevin Porter and Chad Kolarik.

Kolarik scored all four Michigan goals to lead the Wolverines to a 4-2 victory over the Lakers Friday at Yost Arena. He improved his season point total to 24-19--43, while Porter contributed three assists to increase his season total to 25-23--48.

Otherwise, the Lakers (6-17-6 overall, 4-14-5 CCHA) played an even game with the Wolverines (24-3-4 overall, 17-2-4 CCHA). LSSU's only downfall was giving U-M seven power-play changes, but the Wolverines only capitalized once. LSSU finished 0-for-3 with the man advantage.

Defenseman Simon Gysbers scored at 2:20 of the first period to give Lake Superior State a 1-0 lead. Jason Blain drew the only assist.

Kolarik's first goal was a power-play marker at 17:46 of the opening period. U-M went ahead 2-1 at 16:01 of the second period, and Kolarik made it 3-1 at 6:02 of the third.

Laker Nathan Perkovich scored his 14th goal of the season to trim the lead to 3-2 at 14:57. Troy Schwab had the only assist.

Michigan was whistled for an interference penalty with 1:50 remaining in the game, and LSSU pulled goaltender Brian Mahoney-Wilson in favor of an extra attacker. Kolarik beat the Lakers' two-man advantage and tallied an empty-net short-handed goal at 19:22.

Mahoney-Wilson finished with 30 saves, including 18 in the third period. U-M goaltender Billy Sauer totaled 25 saves.

Michigan and Lake Superior State meet again at 7:35 p.m. Saturday in a game that will be televised live by FSN-Detroit as part of Hockey Day in Michigan festivities.

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