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Lakers finish first half against ECAC foe

Dominic Osman

Dec. 14, 2004

SAULT STE. MARIE - Less than a week after returning from a 15-hour bus trip to Omaha, Neb., the Lake Superior State hockey team will be hitting the road again for two non-conference games in Canton, N.Y.

The Lakers (6-9-1 overall, 5-6-1 Central Collegiate Hockey Association) close out the first half of the season against Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference opponent St. Lawrence (7-9-1 overall, 3-4-0 ECAC). They play the Saints at 7 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday at Appleton Arena.

St. Lawrence is LSSU's second ECAC opponent of the season. The Lakers opened the season with two losses at 12th-ranked Colgate. CCHA teams are 5-8-1 against the ECAC in 2004-05.

LSSU is coming off a split with Nebraska-Omaha, which enabled the Lakers to finish the first half of the season tied for sixth place in the CCHA standings. Western Michigan, which is heading to Bemidji State for a non-conference series, is the only other CCHA team playing this weekend.

St. Lawrence is 3-1 against the CCHA this season. The Saints defeated Michigan State 3-1 and lost to third-ranked Michigan 5-2 on the road on Oct. 15-16. They swept a home series against Miami, 6-4 and 4-3, on Oct. 29-30.

Last season, LSSU posted a 2-2 overtime tie and 4-2 victory over the Saints in Sault Ste. Marie. Sophomore forward Dominic Osman, who had two goals and an assist in the Laker victory in November, 2003,, will not have a shot at a repeat performance in Canton. He will miss the remainder of the season to recover from last week's emergency back surgery.

Last Thursday, prior to the Lakers' pre-game skate in Omaha, Osman was taken to a hospital with severe back pain. Later that day, he was air-lifted to a hospital in Detroit, his hometown. Preliminary reports indicate that the surgery to repair two herniated discs was successful, and Osman is expected to resume his academic schedule at LSSU next semester.

St. Lawrence, which is in the midst of a three-game losing streak, is led by T.J. Trevelyan (9-9--18), John Zeiler (4-11--15) and Mike Madill (2-7--10).

LSSU's scoring leader is junior forward Jon Booras (6-5--11), while junior forward/defenseman Alex Dunn (4-3--7) led the Lakers at UNO with two goals and two assists. Booras and Dunn both scored a short-handed goal against the Mavericks last weekend. They were the Lakers' first two short-handed goals of the season.

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