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Hockey awards are presented at 22nd annual Blue Liners Banquet

Jeff Jakaitis

April 20, 2004

SAULT STE. MARIE - Lake Superior State freshman goaltender Jeff Jakaitis was named most valuable player and freshman of the year at the 22nd annual Soo Blue Liners Banquet held Saturday at the Cisler Center.

Jakaitis, who is from Rochester, Minn., burst on the college hockey scene with 41 saves in his first career victory, a 4-2 win over St. Lawrence on Nov. 1. He was 2-0 before recording his first career shutout, a 0-0 tie with Bowling Green on Nov. 15. It was LSSU's first scoreless tie in school history, but not its last. The Lakers and Falcons also skated to a 0-0 deadlock on Feb. 14 as Jakaitis totaled 31 saves.

Jakaitis (5-9-4) eventually notched his first shutout victory by totaling 23 saves in a 3-0 victory over Notre Dame on March 5. His overall goals-against average of 2.13 ranked ninth nationally, while his overall save percentage of .933 ranked third nationally. He was No. 1 in the CCHA in both categories in overall games played.

The rookie netminder is the fourth goaltender in five years to earn MVP honors at LSSU.

Junior Bo Cheesman (Peoria, Ill.), received the John L. Carr Most-Valuable Forward Award, while sophomore Ren Fauci (Randolph, N.J.) was named most-valuable defenseman. Cheesman performed consistently for the Lakers at both ends of the ice. He was second on the team in scoring in 2003-04 after more than doubling his goal totals from each of the last two seasons. He finished with a team-high 11 goals and seven assists. Fauci totaled seven assists and led Laker defensemen in plus/minus with a plus-three rating.

Most-improved player awards went to freshman forward Matt Restoule (Val Caron, Ont.) and sophomore forward Mike Adamek (Hollister, Cal.). Both players fought hard to break into the lineup. Adamek was hindered by an emergency appendectomy in November, but contributed three goals and four assists in 15 games. He also had a team-leading plus-6 rating. Restoule notched two assists in 20 games.

Sophomore goaltender Will Ciccone (Timmins, Ont.), a mechanical engineering major, received the Scholar-Athlete Award. Senior forward Tim Krueckl (Claresholm, Alb.), won the Gay Blade Award, which goes annually to the player who contributes the most humor to the team. Krueckl, who transferred to LSSU from Iona last fall, played only one season with the Lakers.

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