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Mavs hold on after dominating first-period

Dec. 6, 2002

SAULT STE. MARIE - Nebraska-Omaha picked up from where it left off after last weekend's comeback victory over Merrimack and exploded for three first-period goals en route to a 4-1 victory over Lake Superior State in a Central Collegiate Hockey Association game Friday at Taffy Abel Arena.

LSSU (3-12-0 overall, 0-11-0 CCHA) attempted a comeback of its own by pulling goalie Matt Violin during most of the last seven minutes of the game. UNO goalie Dan Ellis stood up to the extra pressure and protected the Mavericks' three-goal lead.

The only goal that Ellis gave up was a break-away goal down the left-wing side by Laker senior Jeremy Bachusz at 1:01 of the third period. LSSU cut the lead to 3-1, but UNO's Dan Hacker answered at 7:09 of the third period for his second goal of the game. He beat back-up goalie Terry Denike, who replaced starter Matt Violin for five minutes in the final stanza.

Violin returned after Denike gave up the goal to Hacker, then raced on and off the ice five times as LSSU coach Frank Anzalone tried one of his 1980s-style comebacks. During the 1984-85 season, he pulled goalie Randy Exelby seven times and the Lakers scored three goals with the extra attacker to beat Illinois-Chicago 7-6 in overtime.

Mike Lefley and David Brisson scored the Mavericks' other first-period goals. Greg Zanon, who had two goals and three assists during UNO's come-from-behind win last week, contributed two assists.

Lakers Ryan Branham and Ren Fauci assisted on Bachusz's goal.

LSSU was 0-for-2 on the power play, while UNO was 0-for-3. Ellis totaled 31 saves to improve to 5-7-2. Violin (1-9-0) totaled 30 saves, while Denike had three.

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