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Lakers and Bulldogs skate to 4-4 tie in CCHA opener

Kory Scoran

Oct. 21, 2005

SAULT STE. MARIE - Lake Superior State came back from a two-goal deficit to take a one-goal lead, but Ferris State out-scored the Lakers 2-1 in the third period as the teams skated to a 4-4 tie during the first night of Central Collegiate Hockey Association play Friday at Taffy Abel Arena.

FSU's Matt Stefanishion and Matt Verdone scored in the first period to give the Bulldogs (1-1-1 overall, 0-0-1 CCHA) a 2-0 lead.

LSSU's Kory Scoran changed the momentum with a power-play goal with eight seconds remaining in the opening period. He later assisted on Dominic Osman's power-play goal at 5:16 of the second period, tying the game 2-2. Alex Dunn, who was filling in on defense in place of injured blueliner Ren Fauci, gave the Lakers a 3-2 lead at 17:24.

Ferris State opened the third period with a five-minute power-play due to Nathan Ward's checking-from-behind major penalty. Sault Ste. Marie native Jim Jorgensen scored a power-play goal for Ferris State to tie it, 3-3.

LSSU (1-0-2 overall, 0-0-1 CCHA), which finished 3-for-5 on the power play for the night, took a 4-3 lead on Trent Campbell's power-play goal at 8:28 of the third period. But the Bulldogs came back again, this time knotting the score at 4-4 on an even-strength goal by Brendan Connolly.

The Lakers, who out-shot FSU 28-23, ended the third period with a power play and had three shots on goal during the overtime period. The game ended, however, with Derek R. Smith picking up a checking-from-behind major with 2:55 to go and the Lakers playing short-handed.

Jeff Jakaitis totaled 19 saves for LSSU, while Mitch O'Keefe had 24 saves for the Bulldogs.

Ferris State finished 2-for-7 with the man-advantage.

The Lakers and Bulldogs play again at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Abel Arena. The 1988 NCAA champion hockey team, and national champion wrestlers Jim Fallis and Jason Bingaman will be introduced during the game after being inducted into the LSSU Sports Hall of Fame.

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