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Laker hockey team opens with exhibition win

Nathan Ward

Oct. 11, 2003

SAULT STE. MARIE - Lake Superior State scored two power-play goals and a short-handed goal to overpower the University of Windsor 5-1 in an exhibition hockey game Saturday at Taffy Abel Arena.

Five different players scored goals for the Lakers, who had hoped to open the season with a more potent offense after averaging only 1.6 goals per game last season. Sophomore forward Nathan Ward led the way with the game-winning goal at 3:21 of the second period and an assist on freshman Trent Campbell's goal that made it 3-1 at 4:03 of the third.

Sophomore Ren Fauci opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 10:39 of the first period. Freshman Derek Smith added a power-play goal for a 4-1 Laker lead at 10:53 of the third period, and sophomore B.J. Pelkey tallied a short-handed goal to round out the scoring at 14:24 of the final stanza. LSSU was 2-for-5 on the power play, while Windsor was 1-for-6.

"I don't think Windsor challenged our penalty killing a lot with their puck control, but our penalty kill was aggressive when we needed it to be, and most of the time we were successful," LSSU coach Frank Anzalone said of his special teams play. "Most of the time we did OK (on our power play). We were bailing out well. We got good shots. We created some scoring chances."

Laker freshman Dominic Osman was credited with two assists for the night, while sophomore Jon Booras, junior Ryan Reid, senior Ryan Branham, senior Tim Krueckl and sophomore Mark Adamek had one each.

LSSU out-shot Windsor 52-14. Junior goaltender Matt Violin totaled 13 saves to pick up the win for LSSU, while Windsor senior Scott Murray took the loss with 47 saves. Windsor fell to 0-5 overall, 0-4 against Central Collegiate Hockey Association teams.

"When we had the chance to shoot, we were getting some shots off," Anzalone said of the Lakers' impressive 52-shot total. "We have puck handlers and grinders. That's a sign that we have a little more skill and better work ethic.

Seven of the nine Laker newcomers were in the lineup.

"We are trying to find a combination of guys who give us a chance to be physical, score a goal and be good defensively," Anzalone said. "We can't put all the same guys in the line-up. We can't put in all of the hustlers. We also need the guys with some skill...We had to grunt through a couple of times, but we also had some skill moments. I like some of the things we are doing in our rebuilding. I thought we came out in the third period and wanted to play even better."

The Lakers officially open their season with a non-conference series Oct. 17-18 at Canisius.

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