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Lakers lose 3-2 in an overtime heartbreaker to Western Michigan



Ren Fauci

Feb. 26, 2005

KALAMAZOO, Mich.--The Lake Superior State hockey team lost a 3-2 overtime heartbreaker to the Western Michigan Broncos Saturday night at Lawson Arena. The Broncos came back to score three unanswered goals to win the game and destroy the Lakers' 2-0 lead.

LSSU (9-18-7, 8-12-6 Central Collegiate Hockey Association) and WMU (12-18-2, 7-17-2 CCHA) skated to a scoreless first period despite four power-play opportunities between the two teams. In spite of a few golden chances, the Lakers were unable to convert during a two-man advantage halfway through the first period.

Blueliner Ren Fauci showed the Lakers defensive strength for the second night in a row when he gave his team the 1-0 lead at 3:35 of the second period. Fauci's third goal of the season was scored on the power play. Nathan Ward and Derek R. Smith assisted on Fauci's slap-shot goal.

Freshman Dan Eves lengthened the Lakers' lead to two when he scored at 5:35 of the third period. Linemate Matt Restoule assisted on the even-strength goal.

Bronco Vince Bellissimo put his team on the board for the first time of the night when he scored at 8:39 of the third period. Kevin Labatte and Ryan Mahrle assisted on the goal.

Bellissimo scored his second goal of the night less than four minutes later to tie the game, 2-2. Labatte picked up his second assist of the night. Brent Walton also assisted on the goal.

The two teams headed into a five-minute sudden-death overtime period, which last less than 30 seconds. Bellissimo ended the Lakers' hopes of ending the weekend with more than two points when he completed his hat trick 12 seconds into the over time period. Bellissimo's goal was unassisted.

Laker goaltender Jeff Jakaitis made 45 saves, and Bronco goalie Daniel Bellissimo stopped 24 of the Lakers' shots.

The Lakers' ended their power-play goal draught scoring one goal on four chances. The Broncos were 0-3.

The Lakers head to Northern Michigan Friday night for the first game of a home-and-home series. Face-off is at 7:35 p.m. at the Berry Events Center in Marquette, Mich. Saturday night the Lakers' return home for senior night. The Lakers will honor seniors Bo Cheesman, Ryan Reid, and Matt Violin. The puck will drop at 7:05 p.m. in Taffy Abel Arena. Stay tuned for a potential time change due to the GLIAC Women's Basketball Tournament.



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