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Lakers sweep Wildcats after 5-2 win in Marquette

Trent Campbell

Dec. 2, 2006

MARQUETTE - Lake Superior State made the most of its few scoring chances in the third period of Saturday's Central Collegiate Hockey Association game at Northern Michigan and held on to beat the Wildcats 5-2.

The Lakers (10-5-1 overall, 5-4-1 CCHA) swept the home-and-home series after entering the weekend with a seven-game losing streak against NMU. In both contests, NMU (7-8-2 overall, 4-5-1 CCHA) out-shot LSSU handily, but the Lakers' defense held up on key situations.

More importantly, LSSU ended its power-play scoring drought. After going 0-for-9 with the man-advantage in Friday's 2-0 victory and coming up empty on five tries through the first two periods on Saturday, the Lakers scored three power-play goals on four chances in the third period.

Senior Trent Campbell scored an even-strength goal at 13:09 of the first period to give LSSU a 1-0 lead. The Lakers extended their lead to 3-0 on third-period power-play goals by Campbell and Derek A. Smith at 1:37 and 3:28, respectively.

NMU's Darin Olver and Matt Maunu trimmed the lead to 3-2 with goals at 6:26 and 12:59, respectively.

Despite the Wildcats' constant pressure, LSSU quickly reclaimed control of the game when Laker Derek R. Smith made it a 4-2 contest with an even-strength goal at 13:12.

Pat Aubry wrapped up the scoring with an empty-net goal at 19:13. NMU out-shot LSSU 12-7 in the third period and 39-21 for the game.

Troy Schwab drew assists on both of Campbell's goals, and Jeff Rainville had the only assists on LSSU's fourth and fifth goals. Derek A. Smith and Derek R. Smith finished with a goal and an assist each for the night. Ryan Baird and Barnabas Birkeland picked up one assist each.

LSSU freshman goaltender Pat Inglis (4-1-0) totaled 37 saves to earn the win. His effort included 18 saves in the scoreless second period. NMU goaltender Bill Zaniboni (6-8-2) totaled 16 saves.

LSSU finished 3-for-9 on the power play, while NMU was 1-for-8.

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