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Anzalone expects a better effort at WMU

Nov. 26, 2002

SAULT STE. MARIE - The Lake Superior State hockey team resumes play in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Friday and Saturday with a series at Western Michigan.

Both games begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be aired live on WSUE 101.3 FM and simulcast on Francis Anzalone, the 15-year-old son of LSSU head coach Frank Anzalone, will fill in for play-by-play announcer Bill Crawford, who will miss the series due to family obligations.

The Lakers (3-9-0 overall, 0-8-0 CCHA) had a night off last Friday, then tied the United States National Team Development Program Under-18 squad 1-1 in an exhibition game Saturday. LSSU lacked intensity in that contest and nearly lost the game. Sophomore goalie Matt Violin made at least one big save during the closing minutes of the third period and two key saves in overtime to salvage the tie for the Lakers.

"That game was a good barometer for our team," LSSU coach Frank Anzalone said. "And I am not pleased with where we are. I don't feel the work eithic is where it needs to be."

Lake Superior State has a better goals-against average than Western Michigan (3.67 vs. 3.92), but the Lakers are scoring an average of one goal per game and are 0-for-31 on the power play dating back to Nov. 2 ( and including last weekend's exhibition game). Anzalone wants nothing more than solid effort for three periods both nights.

"We have a huge mountain to climb, and we're not getting up that mountain if we're not willing to work," Anzalone said.

WMU (5-7-1 overall, 4-6-0 CCHA) defeated Niagara 7-3 in a non-conference game last Saturday. The Broncos recently split with CCHA leader Ferris State, and, like LSSU, lost two games to Northern Michigan (5-0 and 5-2). Maine, which beat the Lakers 8-1 early in the season, beat WMU 4-0 in a Friday game. But the Broncos came back to tie the Black Bears 4-4 the following night.

Their offensive is averaging four goals per game.

"Western Michigan is a very good team," Anzalone said. "They have six or seven excellent forwards. Dave Cousineau is an excellent offensive defenseman. What chance do we have to beat them if we don't put our bodies in their way?"

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