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Laker hockey team travels to Notre Dame

Senior Jeremy Bachusz

Feb. 19, 2003

SAULT STE. MARIE - Lake Superior State and Notre Dame are both feeling good heading into this weekend's Central Collegiate Hockey Association showdown in South Bend, Ind.

The Lakers (5-21-4 overall, 2-19-1 CCHA) are coming off a 4-2 victory over Northern Michigan that snapped a 10-game winless streak, while the Irish (11-13-6 overall, 9-10-3 CCHA) ended a nine-game winless slide by sweeping Bowling Green on the road with two 3-2 wins.

Now LSSU will try to get over another hurdle - a victory on the road. The Lakers are 0-11-2 on the road this season and 0-4-1 in their last five games at the Joyce Center. Last season they lost all four games to the Irish and were outscored 21-3.

Notre Dame, on the other hand, has struggled with a very difficult home schedule. The Irish are 4-7-3 at home and 7-6-2 on the road. They swept BGSU in December, but lost two to Ferris State, split with Miami and suffered a loss and a tie each to Michigan State and Ohio State.

LSSU coach Frank Anzalone is seeing progress in his young team. The Lakers had chances to win both games last weekend, and played vintage Anzalone style for three periods on Saturday. They got the goaltending they needed from sophomore Matt Violin, cashed in on their scoring opportunities and played a physical game from start to finish.

After the victory over NMU, Anzalone said that the turnaround started two weeks ago when LSSU played CCHA leader Ferris State.

"Ferris' best player beat us with plays we wish we could get back, but I think we grew from that weekend as far as how hard we worked and how close we came even though the score didn't work out that way," he said. "(On Friday night) we worked our buns off. Again, we only got 12 shots, but they only got 28 and we lost by a goal (2-1). So each week we are trying to get a little bit better."

The Lakers were finally "rewarded" for their effort on Saturday. Senior Jeremy Bachusz scored two goals and sophomore Derek Seal added two assists as LSSU generated the most offense since a 4-4 tie with Canisius on Jan. 11.

Notre Dame also has a hot goaltender in sophomore Morgan Cey, who was named CCHA Defensive Player of the Week after stopping 63 of 67 shots against Bowling Green. Cey has a 3.03 goals-against average and .910 save percentage.

Cey is ranked third in the league in saves with 817 in 27 games, while Violin (3.58 gaa, .907 save percentage) is fourth with 700 saves in 24 games.

Junior forward Rob Globke leads the Irish in scoring with 18 goals and 12 assists, followed by senior forwards John Wroblewski (14-14-28) and Connor Dunlop (3-21-24), and sophomore forward Yan Stastny (13-8-21).

Bachusz has eight goals and eight assists to lead the Lakers, while Jon Booras (7-4-11), Bo Cheesman (5-6-11) and Chris Peterson (5-6-11) follow.

A week after scoring an impressive goal against Ferris State, the rookie Booras tallied his first game-winning goal against NMU.

Bachusz's two goals were his first since he scored two goals against Michigan State on Jan. 3.

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