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Nebraska-Omaha slides a goal past the Lakers to win 4-3

Trent Campbell

March 12, 2005

OMAHA, Nebraska--Nebraska-Omaha handed the Lake Superior State hockey team one of its most devastating losses of the season Friday night when it defeated the Lakers 4-3. Maverick Joe Grimaldi scored the game-winning goal with six seconds left in the game after being tied for almost a full period.

After a 15 hour road trip, the Lake Superior State (9-21-7, 8-15-6 Central Collegiate Hockey Association) Lakers came out slow in the first period against Nebraska-Omaha (18-15-4, 14-11-4 CCHA ). The Mavericks ruined the Lakers hopes of leaving the ice tied after one period when Bill Thomas scored his nineteenth goal of the year at 18:46 of the first period, which was 20 seconds into a UNO power play. Thomas's power-play goal was assisted by Mick Lawrence and Bryan Marshall.

Ten seconds later Laker goaltender Jeff Jakaitis mishandled clearing the puck allowing UNO's Dan Hacker to score the Mavericks' second goal of the game. Joe Grimaldi earned an assist.

At 15:11 of the second period Brandon Scero lengthened the Mavericks' lead to three when he scored a goal assisted by Bryan Marshall and Jason Krischuk.

The Lakers refused to let the Mavericks' three goal lead get them down. Only 22 seconds after Scero's goal, UNO's Rob Chappell went to the penalty box for a holding penalty. At 15:42 of the second period, Nathan Ward won the face-off getting the puck to sophomore Trent Campbell. Campbell buried the puck behind UNO goalie Chris Holt to score his third power play goal in the last two games.

Less than one minute later, Nebraska-Omaha was given a two minute penalty for having too many men on the ice. Blueliner Ren Fauci took advantage of his team being on the power play by blasting the puck past goaltender Holt.

The Lakers came out fast in the third period full of new momentum after two unanswered goals to end the second period. Early in the period, defenseman Mark Adamek cleared the puck into the Mavericks' zone to be picked up by Steve McJannet. McJannet let loose a shot on Holt, and Colin Nicholson took another shot off the rebound to clear the puck past Holt and into the net.

Late in the third period, the Mavericks thought they had the game-winning goal when they thought they slipped the puck past Laker goaltender Jeff Jakaitis. However, despite the goal judge turning on the light to signal a goal, referee Stephen McInchak immediately waved off the goal.

With six seconds left before the teams headed into overtime, Grimaldi ruined the Lakers' impressive comeback when he took a shot that hit Jakaitis's glove and rolled in the net behind him. Scott Parse recorded an assist on the goal.

Jakaitis tallied 31 saves for the Lakers and was named the second star of the game. Holt recorded 16 saves for the Mavericks.

The Lakers were 2-4 on the power play and the Mavericks were 1-3. The Lakers have scored at least one power-play goal in each of the last four games. Campbell has registered at least one point in each of the last five weekend series.

The Lakers and the Mavericks will meet again tomorrow night at 8:05 p.m. ET in Omaha, Nebraska.

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