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Lakers tie Mavs 1-1 to pick up first CCHA point

Pat Inglis

Dec. 7, 2007

OMAHA, Neb. - The Lake Superior State hockey team snapped an eight-game losing streak and picked up its first point in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings by tying Nebraska-Omaha 1-1 in overtime Friday at the Qwest Center.

The Lakers overcame the loss of leading goal scorer Nathan Perkovich, who was one of three players battling the flu. They got a stellar game out of sophomore goaltender Pat Inglis, who fought through a rocky start this season and put forth a solid performance last Saturday against Michigan State.

Inglis was the difference-maker Friday.

Inglis (1-5-2), who entered the game with a 4.43 goals-against average, totaled 36 saves for the night, including 13 in the first period and 13 in the second. He stopped a point-blank shot by the Mavs' Chris Wilson with 1:15 remaining in the extra period. Inglis was named the game's first star.

Defenseman Steven Kaunisto scored LSSU's lone goal on a shot from the slot at 5:21 of the second period during a Laker power play. Troy Schwab won the faceoff to set up the play, and Josh Sim drew the other assist.

UNO (5-7-2 overall, 4-7-2 CCHA) tied it, 1-1, on a Tomas Klempa power-play goal 51 seconds into the third period. LSSU (2-11-2 overall, 0-8-1 CCHA) killed off a Schwab penalty during the final three minutes of the second period, then played short-handed again when Steve Oleksy took a penalty at :24 of the third.

UNO goaltender Jared Kaufmann totaled 14 saves, including a big save on another Kaunisto shot with 40 seconds left in overtime. Both teams were 1-for-4 on the power play for the game.

LSSU and UNO play Game 2 of the series at 8:05 p.m. ET on Saturday in Omaha.

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