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Nebraska-Omaha brings the Lakers' season to an end

Jon Booras

March 12, 2005

OMAHA, Neb.--The University of Nebraska-Omaha brought the Lake Superior State hockey team's season to an end Saturday night when Scott Parse scored the game-winning goal at 10:24 into the overtime period. The Mavericks beat the Lakers 4-3.

Lake Superior State (9-22-7, 8-16-6 Central Collegiate Hockey Association) came onto the ice with a great start. Laker Colin Nicholson gave his team the lead at 7:38 of the first period. BJ Pelkey assisted on the goal after intercepting the puck from Maverick Rob Chappell.

Less than one minute later, sophomore Jeff Rainville lengthened his team's lead to two. Ren Fauci made a pass to Jon Booras who set Rainville up for his goal. Rainville made a wrist shot from the top of the left circle sending the puck soaring past Maverick goaltender Chris Holt.

Once again, the Nebraska-Omaha (19-15-4, 15-11-4 CCHA) power play proved deadly when Brandon Scero put his team on the board with less than two minutes remaining in the first period. Mick Lawrence and Bryan Marshall assisted on the goal.

The Lakers' lead in the second period was short lived when at 1:18 into the period, Chappell scored on Laker goaltender Jeff Jakaitis. Alex Nikiforuk earned the assist.

For the third time of the weekend, UNO proved why it is one of the top teams in the CCHA on the power play. Two minutes into the third period, Laker Alex Dunn was sent to the penalty box on a hooking call. Scero took advantage for the second time to give his team its first lead of the night. Bill Thomas and Lawrence assisted on the goal.

Less than two minutes later, Booras scored his tenth goal of the season to tie the game at three. Booras is the only Laker to end the season with goals in double digits. Sophomore Derek R. Smith assisted on the goal.

The two teams ended regulation play tied at three goals apiece. In CCHA tournament play, the game continues until a team scores, ending the tie.

The Lakers came out hard in the overtime period showing the Mavericks that they were not ready to end their season. Despite some glorious scoring chances, the Lakers were not able to get the puck past goaltender Holt.

Parse ended the Lakers' hopes of taking the series into a third game when he scored his nineteenth goal of the year at 10:24 into the overtime period. Mike Eikman and Thomas notched the assists.

The Mavericks out-shot the Lakers 43-30.

Jakaitis made 39 saves earning him second star of the game honors. Holt stopped 27 of the Lakers shots.

Saturday night's game marked the Laker career conclusion for forward Bo Cheesman, defenseman Ryan Reid, and goaltender Matt Violin. Cheesman appeared in 144 games and ended his career with 49 points including 26 goals and 23 assists. Reid took his position at the blue line in 133 games totaling two goals and 21 assists. Violin took his spot in between the pipes 82 times for the Lakers. He had a 3.35 goals against average and a .904 save percentage.

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