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Lakers win 5-1 to salvage split with No. 8 Clarkson

Brian Mahoney-Wilson

Oct. 27, 2007

SAULT STE. MARIE - Lake Superior State and Clarkson skated to a series split for the second straight year.

After posting a lop-sided 5-1 win and 7-1 loss in Potsdam, N.Y., last season, the Lakers avenged Friday's night's 4-0 home loss with a 5-1 win on Saturday.

Freshman Chad Nehring contributed a goal and two assists, and rookie goalie Brian Mahoney-Wilson notched his first career shutout to lead the Lakers (1-2-1) to their first win of the season. LSSU snapped eighth-ranked Clarkson's four-game win streak.

Lake Superior State was 0-for-14 on the power play until Nathan Perkovich ended the scoring drought with a power-play goal at 18:39 of the first period. Simon Gysbers and Troy Schwab assisted on the play that put the Lakers on the board first for the first time this season.

Nehring made it 2-0 with an even-strength goal 24 seconds into the second period as Josh Sim drew the only assist. Dan Eves connected with Steven Kaunisto to build a 3-0 LSSU lead at 3:54.

LSSU completed its scoring with back-to-back power-play goals by Eves at 17:54 of the second period and Nehring at 14:32 of the third. Nehring and Kaunisto drew assists on Eves' goal, and Eves and Nik Sellers had assists on Nehring's second goal.

Mahoney-Wilson totaled 10 saves in the first period, nine in the second and 13 in the third without giving up a goal, but had to leave the game with 4:37 remaining after getting knocked into the net and suffering what appeared to be a leg cramp. Pat Inglis took over in relief and gave up a goal to Clarkson's David Cayer at 19:12.

LSSU finished 3-for-8 on the power play and held Clarkson to 0-for-3. The Lakers turned the tide in their special teams play after allowing the Golden Knights to go 2-for-7 on the power play and tallying a short-handed marker the previous evening.

Both teams totaled 36 shots on goal. CU goaltender Tim Potter took the loss in his first official start.

LSSU plays at No. 12 Notre Dame on Thursday, Nov. 1, and Friday, Nov. 2.

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