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Lakers are anxious to begin CCHA play

Jon Booras

Oct. 20, 2003

SAULT STE. MARIE - Lake Superior State is anxious to start Central Collegiate Hockey Association play after picking up a win and a tie at Canisius last weekend, and Miami is more than ready to return to league play following its disappointing trip to Anchorage, Alaska.

The Lakers and Miami will play Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at Taffy Abel Arena. Friday's game will start later to allow more time for the LSSU Alumni Awards Dinner, which is part of the Great Lakes State Weekend festivities. Both games air live on WSUE 101.3 FM and are simulcast live on

LSSU (1-0-1) is behind the rest of the league in games played and is one of only two CCHA teams that hasn't played a league opponent. Alaska Fairbanks (1-3-0) also begins CCHA play this weekend at home against Ferris State.

Miami (1-4-1) split with Michigan two weeks ago, but has not fared well out of the league. The RedHawks are struggling to take advantage of their scoring chances. They are 0-4-1 in games in which they have out-shot their opponent.

Last weekend, Miami lost in a shootout after tying Massachusetts-Lowell 4-4 in the first game of the Frontier Classic. The following night, Air Force avenged last year's 12-1 loss to the RedHawks with a 2-0 victory in the consolation game. Over the weekend, CCHA teams were 5-5-2 against non-league opponents. They are 8-11-2 in non-league contests for the year.

LSSU came from behind both nights to tie Canisius 1-1 Friday and win 3-2 in overtime on Saturday. During the final minute of regulation play on Friday and Saturday, LSSU coach Frank Anzalone pulled the goalie in favor of an extra attacker, and his team scored game-tying goals. Sophomore forward Nathan Ward led the Lakers with an assist on Friday and a goal on Saturday, and sophomore forward Jon Booras drew two assists in Saturday's win.

More important, the Lakers out-shot Canisius 70-39 for the series. Last year's season-high shot total for a series was 61 against St. Lawrence.

During the first intermission of Saturday's game, the newest LSSU Sports Hall of Fame inductees will be introduced. Inductees include NAIA All-America goaltender Pat Timms and the LSSU 1973-74 NAIA National Champion hockey team.

The Lakers also welcome Miami assistant coach Jeff Blashill, who is a Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., native. Blashill's father, James, is the LSSU dean of the College of Arts, Letters and Social Sciences. Jeff Blashill and Laker assistant coach Tim Christian were teammates at Ferris State.

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