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Michigan stays unbeaten at Yost

Nov. 15, 2002

ANN ARBOR - Lake Superior State was the last team to beat Michigan's hockey team at Yost Arena, and that was last March during the first round of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Playoffs.

The Lakers kept Friday's game close, but couldn't repeat the upset and lost 4-1. They dropped to 3-8-0 overall and 0-7-0 in the CCHA. Michigan, which extended its home winning streak to nine games and its CCHA regular-season unbeaten streak to 13 games, improved to 7-1-1 overall and 4-0-1 in the league.

John Shouneyia scored two goals and had an assist for Michigan, which built a 3-0 lead through the first two periods. The lead stood until LSSU's Jon Booras scored an unassisted short-handed goal at 1:13 of the third period. Booras, a freshman, leads the Lakers in goals scored with four.

Moments after Booras scored, Laker Aaron Davis missed the open net on a two-on-one break-away. Michigan then reclaimed the three-goal lead when Milan Gajic scored at 7:10.

"We just didn't score on some very good chances," LSSU coach Frank Anzalone said. "We are a grinding team and we need to cash in on all our chances. We are not a team that throws the puck around like Michigan."

LSSU goalie Matt Violin (1-6) totaled 25 saves as U-M outshot LSSU 29-28.

"He was just outstanding when he had to be," Anzalone said. "He kept us in the game."

Michigan goalie Al Montoya (7-1-1) had 27 saves. The Lakers out-shot Michigan 10-5 in the second period and 11-7 in the third.

Eric Nystrom had the Wolverines' other goal. Jeff Tambellini and Andy Burnes contributed two assists each.

"The difference in tonight's game is that we were able to put our chances in at the right time," U-M coach Red Berenson told "They had their chances. They had a good portion of the game in our zone, and we were lucky that it never cost us. We were able to kill off a four-on-three penalty. That was huge."

LSSU was 0-for-4 on the power play, while Michigan was 2-for-4.

"We got timely goals," Berenson said. "That this was not a 4-1 game is my point. They're a good team. They played hard and the puck could have easily gone in at the other end."

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