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Lakers suffer third straight one-goal loss

Jon Booras

Oct. 21, 2004

SAULT STE. MARIE - Fourth-ranked Michigan came back from a two-goal deficit to edge the Lake Superior State hockey team, 4-3, and hand the Lakers their third straight one-goal loss on Thursday at Taffy Abel Arena.

Special teams told the story in the Lakers' Central Collegiate Hockey Association opener. The Wolverines (3-1-1 overall, 1-0 CCHA) scored three power-play goals, including the game-winner by Milan Gajic at 5:20 of the third period.

Michigan finished 3-for-8 on the power play, while LSSU wound up 2-for-6. U-M's Brandon Kaleniecki scored the game-tying power-play goal at 18:28 of the second period as LSSU was attempting to kill off a five-minute major penalty for pulling off a face mask.

Lake Superior State jumped to a 2-0 lead on Steve McJannet's power-play goal at 7:39 and Jon Booras' even-strength goal at 8:25 of the first period. The Lakers' 2-0 lead stood until U-M's David Moss tallied a power-play goal at 1:39 of the second period.

Freshman Derek A. Smith regained LSSU's two-goal with a power-play marker at 9:59. Michigan scored the last three goals of the game.

Jeff Rainville, Smith, Kory Scoran, Bo Cheesman, Trent Campbell and Mark Adamek notched assists for LSSU.

Eric Werner and Andrew Ebbett had two assists each for Michigan.

LSSU goaltender Jeff Jakaitis totaled 32 saves before leaving the game at the end of the second period. Matt Violin totaled nine saves.

Al Montoya stopped 18 shots for Michigan, including Nathan Ward's break-away with about 1:29 remaining.

Booras beat a U-M shot during the final minute while Violin was pulled in favor of an extra attacker.

LSSU's three-goal effort was its best against the Wolverines since they won 4-3 on March 8, 2002.

The Lakers and Wolverines will meet again at 7:35 p.m. Saturday at Joe Louis Arena.

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