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Lakers fail to repeat Game 1 heroics




March 14, 2003

BIG RAPIDS--The Lake Superior State hockey team lost 6-1 to No. 1 seed Ferris State during Game 1 of the Central Collegiate Hockey League Playoffs on Friday night at Ewigleben Ice Arena.

Trevor Large scored the Bulldogs' first goal at 11:22 of the first period. The Lakers kept the Bulldogs lead at 1-0 until Derek Nesbitt scored a power-play goal at 9:45 of the second period. They pulled ahead 3-0 at 14:04 of the second period on Jeff Legue's goal.

Laker freshman Jon Booras took advantage of a 5-on-3 power play to score the Lakers' only goal at 19:00 of the second period. Junior Chris Peterson and assistant captain Bo Cheesman drew the assists.

During the third period, Ferris State scored three more times to end the game at 6-1. Bulldog senior Chris Kunitz scored the last goal of the game on a power play at 19:29.

"Ferris did not make a lot of offensive plays," said Lake Superior State coach Frank Anzalone. "They scored power-play goals and overturned on our mistakes. We made four mistakes in the game, and unfortunately we got burned on three of them. The guys played hard and they played smart."

The Bulldogs were 3-for-6 on the power play while the Lakers were 1-for-8. LSSU limited the fast-skating Bulldogs to 38 shots. Lake Superior State finished the game with 32 shots on goal.

"We had a very big plan in place tonight - not only to defend, but we wanted to get some offense," Anzalone said. "We got over 30 shots, which wasn't bad. We were in the game, and we just need to push."

Lake Superior State and Ferris State will meet again Saturday night to play Game 2 of a best-of-three series to determine who will move on to the CCHA's Super Six March 21-23 at Joe Louis Arena.

Anzalone wants to keep the same game plan for Saturday.

"I don't think we can change a whole lot," he said. "We need to try and make one less mistake, one less bad play, and play hard and smart."



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