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Derek A. Smith, Jeff Jakaitis earn CCHA Player of the Week honors

Jeff Jakaitis

Dec. 11, 2006

FARMINGTON HILLS - Lake Superior State senior Jeff Jakaitis and junior Derek A. Smith received Central Collegiate Hockey Association Player of the Week honors after leading the Lakers to a 1-1 overtime tie and a 4-1 victory at Ferris State last weekend.

Jakaitis, who was named CCHA Goaltender of the Week, stopped 91-of-93 shots on goal to set a new school record for most saves in a series. He tied his career high for most saves in a game by stopping 49-of-50 shots on Friday. His 91 series saves breaks the previous record of 88 set by Matt Violin on Jan. 17-18, 2003, at Alaska.

The Rochester, Minn., native is ranked second nationally in save percentage (.956) and goals-against average (1.57). He is currently ranked third on LSSU's career saves list with 2,795 and needs 15 saves to move into second place behind all-time leader Pat Tims (1973-77).

Derek A. Smith

Smith, a Belleville, Ont., native, contributed two goals and one assist last weekend and was named CCHA Defenseman of the Week. He tallied the Lakers' only goal on Friday and added a short-handed goal on Saturday. He currently leads the Lakers in scoring with 5-12--17 and is ranked 10th nationally in average points per game by defensemen.

Notre Dame's Eric Condra was named CCHA Offensive Player of the Week, and Miami's Jarod Palmer received CCHA Rookie of the Week honors.

The Lakers (11-5-2) play host to the U.S. NTDP Under-18 squad in an exhibition game at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Taffy Abel Arena.

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