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Lakers' season ends with OT loss at Bowling Green

Pat Inglis

March 9, 2008

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Lake Superior State's hockey season came to an end Sunday with a 4-3 overtime loss at Bowling Green State. The victory gave the Falcons a two games to one edge in the best-of-three Central Collegiate Hockey Association playoff series and a chance to play No. 2 seed Miami in the second round.

LSSU (10-20-7 overall), a dominant second-period team throughout the series, took a 3-1 lead in Game 3 after Troy Schwab and Nathan Perkovich scored 2 1/2 minutes apart early in the middle stanza.

BGSU (18-19-0 overall) cut the lead to 3-2 when Derek Whitmore scored a power-play goal at 12:02 of the second period. The Falcons tied it, 3-3, on Todd McIlrath's even-strength goal at 17:00 of the third period.

Jacob Cepis tallied the game-winner at 1:34 of the extra period as Bowling Green improved to 4-0-0 in overtime games. Kevin Schmidt assisted on the goals by both McIlrath and Cepis.

The first two periods were a penalty-ridden affair. LSSU was 2-for-7 and BGSU 2-for-6 on the power play after 40 minutes. Both teams finished 2-for-7 with the man advantage as only one penalty was called in the third.

LSSU goaltender Pat Inglis was tested from start to finish and totaled a career-high 49 saves. He had 15 saves in the first period, 16 in the second and 18 in the third as BGSU out-shot LSSU, 53-32.

Bowling Green goaltender Jimmy Spratt, who took over in the third period of Saturday's five-goal LSSU win, had 29 saves in the winning cause.

Will Acton scored Lake Superior State's first goal at 1:05 of the first period. Simon Gysbers and Matt Cowie were credited with assists. BGSU's Tomas Petruska answered with a power-play goal at 6:03, and the game was tied 1-1 heading into the second period.

Steven Kaunisto had assists on both Laker power-play goals in the second period. Acton and Schwab also picked up assists. Schwab's goal was scored at 6:15 and Perkovich's at 8:45. Perkovich finished the season with a team-leading 17 goals, tying the previous best by a Laker in more than a decade (Terry Marchant, 1997-98).

Notes: This week's Laker Hockey Show has been moved to 6 p.m. on Wednesday...There were scoring changes from Saturday's game. LSSU's third goal was scored by Simon Gysbers on assists from Schwab and Zac MacVoy. LSSU's fourth goal was scored by Dan Eves on assists from Rick Schofield and Gysbers. And, Steve Oleksy also received an assist on Acton's short-handed goal...Schofield received honorable mention for CCHA Rookie of the Month honors in February.

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