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Lakers hold off 13th-ranked Wildcats

Matt Violin

Nov. 26, 2004

SAULT STE. MARIE - Lake Superior State senior Matt Violin had a stellar performance, stopping 37 of 38 shots, to lead the Laker hockey team to a 3-1 victory over 13th-ranked Northern Michigan on Friday at Taffy Abel Arena.

Game 2 of the home-and-home series will be at 7:35 p.m. Saturday at the Berry Events Center in Marquette.

LSSU played an exceptional game with a depleted defensive corps. The Lakers moved forwards Steve McJannet and Alex Dunn to the blue line and had freshman Justin Gutwald in the lineup for the first time this season. Defensemen Barnabas Birkeland, Mark Adamek and John Nogatch were out of the lineup for disciplinary reasons.

Nathan Ward gave LSSU a 1-0 lead at 5:04 of the first period on a power-play goal. NMU's Matt Siddall tied it 1-1 at 3:09 of the second period just after LSSU killed off a five-minute major penalty to Derek R. Smith.

Defenseman Kory Scoran tallied the game-winning goal while the Lakers had an extra attacker due to a delayed penalty at 8:13 of the second period. Matt Restoule made it 3-1 with a even-strength goal at 16:46 of the second period.

Violin stopped all 16 NMU shots in the third period.

Freshman Dan Eves contributed two assists for LSSU, while Trent Campbell, Jon Booras and Ren Fauci had one each.

NMU goalie Bill Zaniboni totaled 28 saves.

LSSU (4-6-1 overall, 4-4-1 Central Collegiate Hockey Association) finished 2-for-6 on the power play, while the Wildcats (5-4-2 overall, 3-3-1 CCHA) were 0-for-4.

The Lakers went into this weekend's series in a four-way tie for fifth-place in the CCHA standings.

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