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Lakers beat Providence for the first time in school history



Josh Sim

Dec. 29, 2006

MADISON, Wis. - Led by the "Saskatchewan Line" of Troy Schwab, Josh Sim and Trent Campbell, the Lake Superior State hockey team defeated Providence for the first time in school history and advanced to the championship game of the 18th annual Badger Showdown.

The 18th-ranked Lakers (12-5-2) scored early in the first two periods and held on to beat Providence 2-1 on Friday night at the Kohl Center.

Clarkson defeated host Wisconsin 6-2 in the other semifinal on Friday. Clarkson and LSSU will play in the championship game at 5:07 p.m. EST, and U-W and Providence will meet in the consolation game at 8:07 p.m. EST.

LSSU is playing in the Badger Showdown for the second time. The Lakers lost 6-4 to Wisconsin in the championship game of the 1994 tournament.

The Lakers improved their all-time record against Providence to 1-5-0. They split a non-conference series at Clarkson in October.

Sim assisted on both Laker goals against the Friars (4-12-1). Defenseman Barnabas Birkeland scored LSSU's first goal at 5:29 of the first period on the Lakers' second shot on goal of the game. Fellow defenseman Ryan Baird drew the other assist.

Schwab tallied what proved to be the game-winner at 1:26 of the second period, giving the Lakers a 2-0 lead. Campbell had the other assist on the even-strength goal.

LSSU also threatened early in the third period, but failed to beat Providence goaltender Tyler Sims, who finished with 28 saves. Matt Taormina spoiled Laker goaltender Jeff Jakaitis' shutout by scoring with 4:26 remaining in the game.

Providence pulled Sims in favor of an extra attacker with 1:14 to go, but Jakaitis held his ground. The Central Collegiate Hockey Association's top netminder finished with 37 saves.

LSSU was 0-for-1 on the power play, while Providence finished 0-for-2.



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