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Lakers complete series sweep against Warriors



Troy Schwab

Nov. 18, 2006

SAULT STE. MARIE - After splitting the last two league series, the Lake Superior State hockey team defeated Wayne State 4-2 Saturday to secure its second non-conference sweep of the season.

In the first period, Laker Nathan Perkovich pushed his own rebound past WSU netminder Brett Bothwell for a power-play goal at 8:26.

Wayne State tied it 1-1 at 19:30. Jeff Caister's long pass from the Warrior's zone gave Jared Katz the chance to set up Derek Bachynski, who shoveled the puck just inside the crossbar.

Dominic Osman kicked the puck out of a fray at the boards, allowing Trent Campbell to dump it to teammate Nik Sellers. Sellers skated hard from the middle of the zone to put it by Bothwell for a 2-1 LSSU lead at 3:05 of the second period.

Wayne State evened the score in the third period when former Soo Indian Derek Punches' passed from the blue line, setting up a shot by Taylor Donohoe. LSSU goalie Pat Inglis blocked the initial shot, but Nate Higgins scored on the deflection at 5:07.

Perkovich helped the Lakers score the game-winner when he bee-lined a pass from behind the net to Troy Schwab, who netted it from just outside the crease at 17:17. Marty Gurnoe also drew an assist on the goal.

The Warriors pulled Bothwell at 19:08 to gain an extra attacker. Wayne kept the puck near LSSU's goal for almost 40 seconds. Inglis cleared the puck from the crease to the blue line where Schwab picked it up and fed to Campbell, who scored on the empty net with nine seconds left in the game.

Lake Superior State improved to 8-4-0 overall, while Wayne State dropped to 2-9-0 overall.

Inglis made 19 saves in the Laker victory. Bothwell finished with 22 saves as LSSU out-shot the Warriors, 26-21. LSSU finished 1-for-7 on the power play, while WSU was 0-for-4.

Next week the Lakers will go to Alaska to face off against the Nanooks at Carlson Center.



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