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Lakers pull off first CCHA sweep since December 2000

Trent Campbell

Nov. 5, 2005

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- The Lake Superior State hockey team completed its sweep of Western Michigan Saturday night by winning 3-1 at Lawson Ice Arena. The Lakers picked up their first sweep since they won two games over Mercyhurst Oct. 18-19, 2002.

The last time LSSU swept a Central Collegiate Hockey Association series was against Notre Dame Dec. 1-2, 2000.

Saturday's game started much differently than Friday's 10-0 blowout as the Lakers (3-2-3 overall, 2-2-2 CCHA) and Broncos (2-4-0 overall, 2-2-0 CCHA) skated to a scoreless first period.

WMU's Jeff Pierce gave his team its first lead of the weekend when he scored on the first shot of the second period. Paul Szczechura fed the puck to Pierce from across the bottom of the circle.

Less than a minute later the Lakers thought they had tied the game when Miller got the puck past Daniel Bellissimo on a pass from Steve McJannet, but the goal was disallowed.

Laker freshman Troy Schwab eventually tied the game 1-1 at 12:06 of the second period when he picked up a rebound shot from Matt Restoule on the power play. Trent Campbell also picked up an assist on the goal.

The Lakers took their first lead of the hockey game at 12:18 of the third period when Dominic Osman buried the puck past Bellissimo. Nathan Ward and Jeff Rainville assisted on the even strength goal.

Laker junior Colin Nicholson strengthened his team's lead with another goal at 17:11 of the third period. Matt Restoule and Ren Fauci drew assists.

The Broncos pulled their goalie with less than one minute remaining but were unable to score on the Lakers.

WMU out shot the Lakers 32-30. The Lakers were 1-for-7 on the power play and Western Michigan was 0-for-4. Winning goalie Jeff Jakaitis totaled 31 saves and improved his record to 3-2-3. He only gave up one goal for the series.

The Lakers will return home to play Miami Nov. 11-12 at Taffy Abel Arena. The puck will drop Friday at 7:35 p.m.

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