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Lakers snap 13-game losing streak

LSSU Sophomore goaltender Matt Violin

Dec. 14, 2002

CANTON, N.Y. - Sophomore goaltender Matt Violin totaled a career-high 50 saves, 20 of them in the third period, and freshman forward Nathan Ward scored the tying goal with 2:56 to go in regulation as the Lake Superior State hockey team salvaged a 2-2 tie with St. Lawrence in an non-conference game Saturday.

The Lakers, now 3-14-1 overall, snapped a school-record 13-game losing streak with the tie, while the Saints moved to 4-11-2 and 2-0-1 in their last three games.

Sophomore Simon Watson opened the scoring for the Saints as he pinched in from his spot on defense and back-handed a rebound shot by T.J. Trevelyan past Violin at 14:59 of the first period. The Lakers tied it up on a power-play exactly four minutes later. Junior center Chris Peterson scored the goal, his third of the year, as he banked a shot off the shoulder of Saints goalie Mike McKenna at 18:59.

Neither team scored in an even second period, but the Saints took a 2-1 lead just two seconds after a Saints power play expired early in the third period. The Lakers tied it again when Ward broke into the Saints' zone and fired a rising shot on which McKenna got a glove, but he saw it bounce out of the glove and flip into the net at 17:04.

The Lakers had three early chances in the overtime, but McKenna turned them all away. Violin added four saves to his total during the extra period.

It was the first time this season the Lakers gave up more than 50 shots on goal. McKenna totaled 36 saves for St. Lawrence.

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