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Lakers suffer another last-minute loss

Nov. 1, 2002

Lake Superior State battled for three periods and had its first Central Collegiate Hockey Association game in its grasp, but gave up two goals 27 seconds apart to fall 3-2 to Northern Michigan Friday at Taffy Abel Arena.

Last season the Wildcats thrashed the Lakers four times. LSSU (3-4-0 overall, 0-3-0 CCHA) never trailed in Friday's opener of a home-and-home series until NMU's Mike Stutzel scored the game-winning goal on a power play at 18:49 of the final period.

There are no moral victories tonight. The Lakers suffered the same fate last Friday at Michigan State when the Spartans scored the game-winner with 2.7 seconds remaining. They will enter Saturday's rematch in Marquette frustrated and angry.

Jon Booras gave LSSU a 1-0 lead at 5:23 of the first period. NMU's Chris Gobert, a former Soo Indians Junior A player, tied it at 13:28 of the second period.

Bo Cheesman regained the Laker lead with a goal at 17:47 the second period. LSSU controlled the puck throughout most of the third period, but Stutzel tipped in a Gobert shot at 18:49 to win it. NMU's power play resulted from a hooking penalty to Ryan Reid at 18:38.

NMU goaltender Craig Kowalski totaled 20 saves, while LSSU's Matt Violin stopped 29 shots. Both teams were 1-for-4 on the power play.

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