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Perkovich, Eves and Schofield bring Lakers back from 2-0 deficit

Dan Eves

Feb. 28, 2008

SAULT STE. MARIE - Lake Superior State not only wowed the crowd by battling back from a 2-0 deficit to beat Northern Michigan 3-2 on Thursday, but left its fans with a six-game home unbeaten streak as a fond memory of the 2007-08 season.

LSSU (9-18-6 overall, 7-15-5 Central Collegiate Hockey Association) has a season-best three-game winning streak heading into its final regular-season game at 7:35 p.m. Saturday at the Berry Events Center in Marquette. The Lakers are currently in sole possession of 10th place in the CCHA standings. They are two points ahead of 11th-place Ohio State, who has a single game remaining against Miami.

The Wildcats (15-17-3 overall, 12-13-2 CCHA) entered the series in a four-way tie for fifth place and have already secured home ice for the first round of the CCHA Playoffs. At this point, there is a possibility that this weekend's series will be a preview of a playoff match-up between the same two teams.

Regardless of what the future holds, the Lakers proved to be a much different team from when they lost 4-2 and 3-1 to the Wildcats in November. Despite falling behind 2-0 on second-period goals by NMU's Matt Siddall and Mark Olver, LSSU controlled play during the majority of the game. The Lakers' only down side was finishing 0-for-6 on the power play.

Nathan Perkovich cut NMU's lead in half by tallying his 15th goal of the season at 18:46 of the second period -- 16 seconds after the Lakers killed off a penalty. John Scrymgeour and Jason Blain drew the assists.

MacVoy and Eves

The line of Rick Schofield, Dan Eves and Zac MacVoy was responsible for the Lakers' next two goals. Eves tied it at 2:08 of the third period, and Schofield scored the game-winner at 15:54.

It was Schofield's second game-winning goal in three games and the fourth straight game in which he has scored a goal. Eves now has 4-8--12 in his last 11 games, while MacVoy has 5-8--13.

Seniors Eves, Blain and Justin Gutwald circled the Taffy Abel Arena ice following their final home game.

LSSU goaltender Brian Mahoney-Wilson totaled 22 saves, while NMU goalie Brian Stewart had 23. The Wildcats pulled Stewart in favor of an extra attacker during the final 1:07 of regulation.

NMU, which is 5-2-0 in its last seven games, finished 1-for-3 on the power play.

LSSU was 5-2-2 during the month of February.

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