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Lakers and Colgate skate to 2-2 tie in series opener

Derek R. Smith

Oct. 14, 2005

SAULT STE. MARIE - The Lake Superior State hockey team and 16th-ranked Colgate skated to a 2-2 tie in the Lakers' official season-opener on Friday at Taffy Abel Arena.

LSSU (0-0-1) and Colgate (1-0-1) meet again Saturday at 7:05 p.m. The Lakers will celebrate Parents Weekend and honor members of the armed services who received special invitations to the game.

The game was tied 1-1 in the first period after power-play goals by LSSU's Trent Campbell at 5:14 and Colgate's Kyle Wilson at 11:40.

Laker junior forward Derek R. Smith made it 2-1 with an even-strength goal at 11:40 of the second period. Smith also assisted on the first goal of the game, and freshman Troy Schwab drew assists on both Laker goals.

Colgate's Jesse Winchester tied, 2-2, at 5:48 of the third period on a fluke clearing pass from behind the red line. The shot took an unusual bounce off the glass and fooled LSSU goalie Jeff Jakaitis. Winchester's goal came on a delayed penalty.

"I thought we played really well," LSSU coach Jim Roque said. "We played really hard. Our guys respected Colgate. We had a great effort. I didn't like a few of our decisions on the power play, but I haven't had a lot of time to work with it. The thing that hurt our power play was we were without a big shot at the top. We had Kory Scoran out because of a DQ, but we get Kory back tomorrow, which will give us more options on the power play."

Jakaitis finished with 20 saves, including four in the five-minute overtime period. Raider goalie Mark Dekanich stopped 30 of 32 shots on goal.

The Lakers finished 1-for-8 on the power play, while Colgate was 1-for-4.

Overall, I felt badly for Jeff that he got a bad bounce like that, but those seem to work out over a course of a season," Roque said. "We should be better tomorrow night with Jon Booras, Alex Dunn and Kory Scoran back in the lineup -- three seniors that I didn't play tonight since I played some younger guys. It will be a really good test for us tomorrow night."

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