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Lakers take Game 1 of series vs. UAF

Steve McJannet

Dec. 2, 2005

SAULT STE. MARIE - Captain Steve McJannet scored two goals on Friday to lead the Lake Superior State hockey team to a 4-2 victory over Alaska Fairbanks in Game 1 of this weekend's Central Collegiate Hockey Association series.

The Lakers (7-5-3 overall, 4-4-2 CCHA) moved one point ahead of UAF (6-5-2 overall, 4-4-1 CCHA) in the league standings. The teams play again at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Taffy Abel Arena and are fighting to stay among the CCHA's top six.

LSSU led 3-0 on two power-play goals and a short-handed marker before the Nanooks got on the board. Dominic Osman ignited the Lakers with a power-play goal at 17:14 of the first period. Trent Campbell made it 2-0 with a power-play goal at 8:30 of the second period.

McJannet stole the puck in the neutral zone and scored an unassisted short-handed marker to make it 3-0 at 15:16 of the second period. UAF's Kyle Jones answered at 16:57, but McJannet regained LSSU's three-goal lead with an even-strength goal at 7:11 of the third period.

UAF's Darcy Campbell trimmed the margin to 4-2 by scoring a 6-on-4 power-play goal for the Nanooks with 35 seconds remaining. The Nanooks pulled goalie Wylie Rogers (3-4-0) in favor on an extra attacher with 1:15 to go.

Barnabas Birkeland, Matt Restoule, Nathan Ward, Troy Schwab and Derek R. Smith drew assists for the Lakers. McJannet, Colin Nicholson, Birkeland and Osman were dominant for LSSU throughout the night.

Winning goalie Jeff Jakaitis totaled 21 saves, including 10 in the second period, and improved to 6-5-3. Rogers totaled 28 saves for the Nanooks, who were out-shot 32-23.

LSSU finished 2-for-8 on the power play, while UAF was 1-for-6. In addition to scoring the short-handed goal, the Lakers killed off a 5-on-3 penalty in the first period.

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