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Lakers to play host to Bowling Green

Trent Campbell

Nov. 11, 2003

SAULT STE. MARIE - Now that the Lake Superior State hockey team's road curse has been broken, the Lakers can focus on taking care of business at home.

LSSU (3-3-2 overall, 1-3-0 Central Collegiate Hockey Association) will be looking for its first CCHA home win of the season when it plays host to Bowling Green State on Friday and Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at Taffy Abel Arena.

Saturday's game is Sault Elementary Schools Night. During the week, every elementary student and faculty member from the Sault Area elementary schools will receive a coupon for a free ticket to Saturday's game. The coupons are redeemable at the Norris Center Ticket Office during regular business hours or on game day. The ticket office opens at 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

Every student who has a coupon and attends the game must be chaperoned by an adult. Students must present the coupon at the Norris Center ticket window in order to receive a free ticket at the door. Adult chaperones must purchase a ticket, but chaperones and faculty members can bring up to three children with coupons to the game.

LSSU is looking forward to introducing NCAA Division I college hockey to an audience that has possibly never seen it before. The Lakers are also eager to bring in a new generation of fans as their program begins to turn around after several losing seasons.

Last weekend's split at Nebraska-Omaha marked the end of a five-game losing streak against the Mavericks and was the Lakers' first CCHA regular-season road victory since Dec. 9, 2000.

Miami swept LSSU in a CCHA home series on Oct. 24-25, so the Lakers are still looking for their first league win at home. They are 1-2-1 on home ice this season and 2-1-1 in their last four games.

Bowling Green (3-4-2 overall, 2-3-1 CCHA) defeated Niagara 4-2 in a single non-conference game last Friday that wrapped up a six-game home stand. After getting off to a 1-4 start on the season, the Falcons tied Union, 1-1, on Oct. 25, and posted a 4-1 victory and 4-4 tie against Miami on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. The last time that the Falcons scored four goals in three straight games was November, 2000.

In a study of contrasts, BGSU did not have the trouble with Miami's power play that LSSU had. The Falcons held Miami's power play to 0-for-11 for the series and was 4-for-11 with the man-advantage. Three weeks ago, Miami was 5-for-8 on the power play at LSSU. Bowling Green is ranked first in the CCHA in penalty killing at .922.

Senior forward Mark Wires (4-3-7), Senior defenseman Kevin Bieksa (2-5-7) and freshman forward Rich Meloche (5-1-6) lead the Falcons in scoring this season. Junior goaltender Jordan Sigalet has a 2.64 goals-against average and .907 save percentage.

Last season, LSSU goaltender Matt Violin recorded his first career shutout in a 2-0 Friday win. BGSU came back to win 3-2 in overtime on Saturday.

Freshman forward Dominic Osman (5-1-6), sophomore forward Nathan Ward (2-4-6) and freshman forward Trent Campbell (2-3-5) lead the Lakers in scoring this season. Violin (1-3-2) has a 3.05 GAA and .875 save percentage. Freshman goaltender Jeff Jakaitis, who was credited with the win at UNO on Saturday, has a 1.75 GAA and .944 save percentage.

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