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Lakers to Spartans to the wire

Oct. 25, 2002

EAST LANSING - Lake Superior State hockey coach Frank Anzalone told sophomore goaltender Matt Violin that he was staying in the game whether the Lakers gave up one goal or 12 goals.

Violin was pulled in the first period of Thursday's 7-0 loss to Michigan State after giving up two goals. Anzalone started him again on Friday, and he came through with one big save after another as LSSU fought back from a 2-0 deficit before losing 3-2 to the Spartans.

"Matt Violin played an excellent game," Anzalone said. "He had to play a great game. He wanted to play and great game, and he did. He gave us pride, a chance to compete."

MSU (4-2 overall, 3-1 Central Collegiate Hockey Association) took a 1-0 lead at 19:17 of the first period on a shot by Brad Fast from the slot. The Spartans out-shot LSSU 16-6 in the second period, but Violin got better as the game went on. He showed increased confidence after a high glove save at 11:26.

Violin fought off an MSU flurry of shots during the opening minute of the third period. It was still 1-0 until Spartan Lee Falardeau scored a short-handed goal at 7:49.

LSSU tied the game on back-to-back goals by freshman Jon Booras at 17:55 and 19:04. Chris Peterson and Aaron David assisted on both goals. The second goal was a 5-on-4 goal with Violin out of the net.

An elated LSSU team quickly deflated when MSU's Brock Radunske tipped the puck past Violin from the glove-side corner with 2.7 seconds remaining.

"It was euphoria for them, depression for us," Anzalone said. "But we finished the weekend on a good note."

LSSU played three solid periods of hockey after letting down in the third period Thursday.

"It's not solid without Matt," Anzalone noted. "Matt's effort makes it all seem OK. Matt gave us credibility."

Violin totaled 37 saves, while MSU goalie Matt Migliaccio stopped 16 shots.

MSU coach Rick Comley said the Spartans played a better game tonight than they did in Thursday's blowout.

"We took a bad penalty at the end and that really turned the game around," he said.

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