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Lakers win Game 1 of CCHA second-round playoff series



Trent Campbell

March 9, 2007

OXFORD, Ohio - Jeff Rainville and Derek A. Smith scored during the first 10 minutes of the third period to bring the Lake Superior State hockey team back from a 1-0 deficit on Friday at ninth-ranked Miami.

Goaltender Jeff Jakaitis and the Laker defense held strong during the final 10 minutes of the period as LSSU held on for a 2-1 win in Game 1 of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association second-round playoff series.

LSSU (20-17-3) improved to 2-3-0 for the season against Miami (23-12-4) and bettered its CCHA Playoffs record against the RedHawks to 5-2. The Lakers' two playoff losses to Miami occurred two years ago during the first round.

RedHawk Kevin Roeder scored his first goal of the season at 18:27 of the second period to break a scoreless tie.

Rainville tied it, 1-1, at 3:22 of the third period as Barnabas Birkeland and Trent Campbell drew assists. Smith tallied the game-winner at 9:57 with help from Campbell and Dan Eves, who made an outstanding set-up play.

Miami out-shot LSSU 38-28 for the game, including 16-6 in the second period and 10-8 in the third. Jakaitis totaled 37 saves, while Miami goaltender Jeff Zatkoff finished with 26. The RedHawks were 0-for-2 on the power play, while LSSU finished 0-for-1.

Game 2 of the best-of-three series will begin at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Steve Cady Arena in Oxford.



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