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Lakers break out of scoring doldrums with 10-0 victory over Broncos

Trent Campbell

Nov. 4, 2005

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Lake Superior State junior goaltender Jeff Jakaitis earned his first shutout victory of the hockey season Friday night when the Lakers pummeled Western Michigan, 10-0, in an unusually quiet Lawson Arena.

The Lakers not only took out their goal-scoring frustrations on the Broncos, but picked up their first Central Collegiate Hockey Association victory of the season. They improved to 2-2-3 overall and 1-2-2 in the CCHA. WMU, which swept Ohio State at home last weekend, fell to 2-3-0 overall and 2-1-0 in the CCHA.

Sophomore forward Jeff Rainville got the Lakers off to a good start when he scored one minute into the game. Nathan Ward and freshman Marty Gurnoe assisted on the goal.

Rainville strengthened the Lakers' lead to two when he scored on the power play off a pass from Barnabas Birkeland.

The Lakers' penalty-killing unit proved deadly against the Broncos during the second period. Trent Campbell and Rainville broke away from the Broncos to charge Western Michigan's net. Campbell scored a shorthanded goal on Bronco goalie Daniel Bellissimo to make it 3-0. Rainville picked up his third point of the game by contributing an assist.

Freshman Troy Schwab lengthened the lead to four when he scored his first collegiate goal on the power play at 13:07 of the second period. Colin Nicholson and Campbell assisted on the goal.

The Lakers were given a 5-on-3 power play with less than two minutes left in the second period when Broncos Matt Clackson and Chris Frank were both given two 2:00 penalties following their scuffle behind the Bronco net with LSSU captain Steve McJannet and Nicholson. McJannet and Nicholson received one minor penalty each.

Schwab scored his second goal of the game in the third period when he tipped the puck into the Bronco net off Matt Wheeler's wrist shot from the point. Campbell also assisted on the goal.

Campbell scored his second goal of the game to make it 6-0. Matt Restoule and Schwab drew the assists.

The Lakers' seventh goal of the game was scored by Dan Eves. Derek R. Smith and Schwab assisted on the goal.

Dominic Osman gave the Lakers an 8-0 lead at 6:34 of the third period as Rainville and Smith were credited with assists.

Alex Dunn scored his second goal of the season on the power play at 9:35 of the final period. Nicholson and McJannet assisted on the goal.

Wheeler was ejected from the game 10:28 into the third period when he was given a five-minute spearing penalty and a game disqualification. The Lakers fended off the major penalty, leaving the Broncos 0-for-5 on the power play.

Eves gave the Lakers their 10th goal at 18:11. Smith and Dunn assisted on the goal. The last time the Lakers scored 10 or more goals was Feb. 11, 1994, when they beat Michigan state 11-1.

Jakaitis notched his first shutout since a 3-0 victory over Notre Dame on March 5, 2004.

LSSU and WMU play again Saturday at 7:35 p.m. at Lawson Arena.

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