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Lakers, Bulldogs skate to 1-1 deadlock

Troy Schwab

Dec. 8, 2006

BIG RAPIDS - One week after breaking Lake Superior State's career shutout record, LSSU senior goaltender Jeff Jakaitis tied his career high for single-game saves by stopping 49 of 50 shots on goal in Friday's 1-1 overtime tie at Ferris State.

LSSU (10-5-2 overall, 5-4-2 Central Collegiate Hockey Association) and Ferris State (4-10-2 overall, 2-8-2 CCHA) skated to a draw for the fifth time in seven meetings dating back to Nov. 19, 2004. Last season, the Lakers and Bulldogs tied three out of four games.

Jakaitis (6-4-2) posted his first 49-save effort when the Lakers tied Alaska 2-2 on Jan. 28, 2005. He faced more than 40 shots four times last season with his high being a 42-save performance in a 2-2 tie at Ferris State on Jan. 20, 2006.

During the Lakers' 2006-07 season opener against Ohio State on Oct. 13, Jakaitis set his previous season high with 43 saves in a 1-0 loss.

Ferris State's Brendon Connolly gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead with an even-strength goal at 11:22 of the first period. Lake Superior State is 10-0-1 when scoring first, but 0-5-1 when giving up the game's first goal.

LSSU's Derek A. Smith, who went into the game ranked 14th nationally in points by defensemen, tied it 1-1 with an even-strength goal at 9:35 of the second period. Josh Sim and Troy Schwab drew assists.

LSSU finished 0-for-4 on the power play, while Ferris State was 0-for-2. The Bulldogs out-shot the Lakers, 50-30. FSU netminder Mitch O'Keefe (4-10-2) totaled 29 saves.

The teams play Game 2 of the series at 5:05 p.m. Saturday at Ewigleben Ice Arena.

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