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Laker offense explodes against Toronto

Bo Cheesman

Oct. 8, 2004

SAULT STE. MARIE - The exhibition game won't count in the final stats, but Friday's 15-1 victory over Toronto will go a long way toward setting a positive tone for the season.

Senior forward Bo Cheesman compiled three goals and two assists, and junior forward Steve McJannet added a hat trick as the Lakers enjoyed their most-productive scoring night since Oct. 27, 1979, when they beat St. Scholastica, 15-2.

Cheesman and McJannet, who are two of LSSU's three captains, produced the Lakers' first hat tricks since Oct. 30, 1999.

That's an impressive start for a team that has averaged two goals or less per game during the last two seasons.

LSSU's offense started out fast and furious as Alex Dunn opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 5:46 of the first period. By the end of the opening stanza, the Lakers led, 5-0. After two periods, it was 10-0.

Matt Restoule and Trent Campbell scored twice, and Dunn, tri-captain Nathan Ward, Jeff Rainville, sophomore Derek Smith and Jon Booras tallied one goal each. Ren Fauci and Colin Nicholson led in assists with three each.

LSSU out-shot the Varsity Blues, 49-14, and finished 7-for-12 on the power play. Cheesman had two power-play goals and McJannet one. Booras scored a short-handed goal to give the Lakers a 7-0 lead at 4:27 of the second period.

LSSU starting goaltender Matt Violin totaled five saves before he left the game at the five-minute mark of the second period. Jeff Jakaitis had eight saves during the final 35 minutes and gave up a goal at 8:54 of the third period.

The Lakers travel to Colgate on Oct. 15-16, and play their next home game against Michigan at 7:35 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21.

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