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Lakers will officially open season at Canisius

B.J. Pelkey

Oct. 14, 2003

SAULT STE. MARIE - The Lake Superior State hockey team officially opens its season on Friday and Saturday with a non-conference series at Canisius (0-1-1).

Both games begin at 7:05 p.m. and will be aired live on WSUE 101.3 FM. They will be simulcast live on The series will be played at Buffalo State Sports Arena (1,800 capacity).

The Lakers' only competition so far this season was last Saturday's 5-1 exhibition victory over Windsor. Five different LSSU players scored goals, and three goals were the result of special teams play. Sophomore Ren Fauci and freshman Trent Campbell scored power-play goals, and sophomore B.J. Pelkey had a short-handed goal as LSSU out-shot the Lancers 52-14.

LSSU coach Frank Anzalone expects much tougher games at Canisius, which tied the Lakers 2-2 and 4-4 last season when the schools met for the first time. Last weekend, Canisius lost 3-1 and tied 3-3 in a series against Holy Cross.

"Canisius is a good team, but not a great team," Anzalone said during the Laker Hockey Show on Monday at Moloney's Alley. "We will be playing a fairly good program on their home ice in a small rink. Canisius will PR this as much as they can because it's very difficult for them to get any of the four big conferences to come in there and play. The ECAC does come in. But part of the deal in getting them to come to our place last year was that we would go there."

Anzalone will be returning to the town where he played college hockey. He is a 1978 graduate of SUNY-Buffalo.

Canisius' roster includes Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., natives Ryan Corcoran, Fred Coccimiglio, David Kasch and Joey Coccimiglio.

Kasch and Laker freshman forward Dominic Osman were teammates on the Soo Indians Junior A hockey team last season. LSSU senior forward Tim Krueckl and Canisius sophomore Jaymie Harrington were teammates last season at Iona, which dropped its program.

Anzalone, who is in the third season of his second stint as the Lakers' head coach, is juggling a 28-player roster. So far, he is encouraged by the competition for positions he is seeing in practice.

Anzalone is looking for players who can fill a variety of roles.

"We are trying to be a Division I team with a real chance to win, a real chance to go on the power play and a real chance to score a goal," he said. "We can't just be a team of grinders. We have to have a little bit of everything.

"Certainly we are better, but after one Windsor game it's not like we will never look back. We hope we will do well this weekend, but we also assume this will be a very enticing and fun series for Canisius."

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