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Lakers edge Nanooks 2-1 in overtime

Will Acton

Feb. 22, 2008

SAULT STE. MARIE - After falling behind 1-0 in the second period Friday against Alaska, the Lake Superior State hockey team turned up the pressure in the third period and pulled out a 2-1 come-from-behind victory in overtime.

Freshman Will Acton scored the game-tying goal at 14:36 of the third period during LSSU's fifth power play of the game, and fellow freshman Rick Schofield drilled a shot from the slot to win the game at 2:42 of the extra session.

Rick Schofield

LSSU (7-18-6 overall, 5-15-5 Central Collegiate Hockey Association) improved its home record during the second half of the season to 4-2-1. The Lakers and Nanooks (8-18-5 overall, 8-15-4 CCHA) meet again at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Taffy Abel Arena. LSSU seniors Justin Gutwald, Jason Blain and Dan Eves will be honored after the game.

Alaska's standout goalie Wylie Rogers, who has a 2.58 goals-against average, totaled 40 saves to salvage a 1-1 tie against ninth-ranked Notre Dame last Saturday. He had 39 saves Friday against the Lakers, including 17 in the third period.

UAF's Ryan Hohl knocked in a rebound to give the Nanooks a 1-0 lead at 8:00 of the second period. Both teams totaled 11 shots on goal in that period after the Lakers out-shot Alaska 11-6 during the scoreless first period.

Steven Kaunisto and Josh Sim led the line rush drew the assists on Acton's goal. Eves fed a pass to Zac MacVoy, who dug the puck out of the corner and threaded a pass to Schofield, who was open in the slot for the game-winner. His goal was the only shot taken in overtime.

LSSU goaltender Brian Mahoney-Wilson finished with 25 saves. The Lakers held Alaska to 0-for-2 on the power play, while finishing 1-for-5.

Forty-one shots on goal was a season-high for Lake Superior State.

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