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Lakers skate to another 4-2 finish at U-M



Dan Eves

Feb. 16, 2008

ANN ARBOR - USCHO.com writer Paula Weston predicted every game in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association this weekend to finish with a 4-2 score. When it came to the Lake Superior State v. Michigan series, she was right on the money.

No. 1-ranked Michigan defeated LSSU 4-2 Saturday in a game that had a finish oddly similar to Friday's 4-2 decision. For the second straight night, the Lakers cut U-M's lead to 3-2 with approximately five minutes remaining in the third period only to be buried by an empty-net goal during the final minute of regulation.

Michigan (25-3-4 overall, 18-2-4 CCHA) led 2-0 at the end of the first period after Louie Caprousso scored a power-play goal at 14:44 and Matt Rust added an even-strength goal 31 seconds later.

LSSU's Dan Eves muscled his way to the net and trimmed the lead to 2-1 with a power-play goal at 10:05 of the second period. Zac MacVoy and Will Acton drew the assists.

Caporusso scored the key goal of the game at 19:36 of the second period after snagging a fluky pass from teammate Travis Turnbull that hit the glass high behind the net on the left side. The puck bounced sideways to Caporusso on the right side of the net. LSSU's defenseman fell when trying to change directions due to the odd bounce, allowing Caporusso to skate in on Laker goaltender Pat Inglis untouched.

LSSU (6-18-6 overall, 4-15-5 CCHA) cut the two-goal deficit in half when Rick Schofield scored at 14:23 of the third period. Steven Kaunisto and Eves had the assists.

MacVoy created an outstanding scoring opportunity with 3:13 remaining in the game during a Laker power play, but U-M goaltender Bryan Hogan came up with the big save during his fourth appearance of the season. Michigan went on the power play with 2:07 to go, and Inglis was pulled in favor of an extra attacker with 29 seconds remaining. Turnbull put the game out of reach with an empty-net power-play goal at 19:44.

Inglis totaled 20 saves, while Hogan had 21. LSSU was 1-for-7 on the power play, and Michigan finished 2-for-4.

The Lakers play host to Alaska on Feb. 22-23. They will celebrate Senior Night and pay tribute to the late Diane Floyd on Feb. 23.



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