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Mavericks' late goal leads to 3-3 tie



Jeff Jakaitis

Feb. 19, 2005

SAULT STE. MARIE - The Lake Superior State hockey team's home-ice frustrations continued Saturday as Nebraska-Omaha came back from a 3-1 deficit to earn a 3-3 tie and take three of four points for the weekend series.

LSSU (8-17-7 overall, 7-11-6 Central Collegiate Hockey Association), which has not won a home game since Jan. 8, suffered a similar fate against Ohio State during its most-recent Saturday home game on Feb. 5. That time, however, the Lakers lost 3-2 in overtime.

LSSU has participated in a CCHA-leading 11 overtime contests and matched its single-season school record for tie games, which was set last year.

The Lakers played outstanding positional hockey for two periods and took a 3-1 lead on goals by Alex Dunn, B.J. Pelkey and Nathan Ward.

Ward's goal, at 14:18 of the second period, was scored during a Laker power play. LSSU finished 1-for-3 with the man-advantage.

Pelkey, Colin Nicholson, Steve McJannet, Bo Cheesman and Matt Restoule were credited with assists.

LSSU goaltender Jeff Jakaitis, who totaled 34 saves in the game, stopped two UNO break-aways to protect the Lakers' lead. The Mavs out-shot the Lakers 17-5 in the third period.

UNO (16-12-4 overall, 12-10-4 CCHA) cut the lead to 3-2 on Brent Kisio's goal at 10:08 of the third period. The Mavericks tied it with nine seconds remaining in regulation on a rebound goal by Bryan Marshall. They controlled the puck during the last 1:06 of the third period after pulling goaltender Chris Holt in favor of an extra attacker.

Ward had two prime scoring chances in overtime as the Lakers regained puck control, but Holt stopped all three shots on goal. He finished with 26 saves, including 13 in the second period.

UNO had no shots on goal in overtime.

UNO was 0-for-4 on the power play after scoring three power-play goals in Friday's 5-2 victory.

The Lakers play at Western Michigan on Feb. 25-26.



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