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Lakers fall to Clarkson in Badger Showdown championship game

Josh Sim

Dec. 30, 2006

MADISON, Wis. - The nation's top-ranked power-play team scored two goals with the man advantage to beat 18th-ranked Lake Superior State 3-2 in the championship game of the 18th annual Badger Showdown.

No. 15 Clarkson (13-5-1) extended its winning streak to seven games with the win. The Golden Knights also improved to 2-1 this season against the Lakers (12-6-2). LSSU and Clarkson split a non-conference series in Potsdam, N.Y., in October.

The loss snapped the Lakers' five-game unbeaten streak.

Clarkson entered the game with a nation-best 25.4 percent success rate on the power play. Shawn Weller and Nick Dodge scored power-play goals at 17:26 of the first period and :59 of the second period, respectively, to give the Golden Knights a 2-0 lead. LSSU came back to tie it, 2-2, but Shawn Guthrie tallied the game-winner at 14:34 of the third period.

Clarkson was 2-for-4 on the power play, while LSSU finished 0-for-5. Dodge, who was named the tournament's most-valuable player, had a goal and an assist in the game, and finished 4-2--6 for the weekend.

LSSU sophomore Josh Sim was almost as hot, scoring both Laker goals against Clarkson and finishing with two goals and two assists for the weekend. The Lakers earned the runner-up trophy for the second time in as many Badger Showdown appearances. They placed second to host Wisconsin in 1994.

Sim and Laker senior defenseman Barnabas Birkeland were named to the all-tournament team along with Dodge, Wisconsin's Jake Dowell and Clarkson's Tyrell Mason and David Leggio.

Barnabas Birkeland

Sim's first goal was a short-handed marker at 2:59 of the second period that trimmed Clarkson's lead to 2-1. Troy Schwab and Birkeland drew assists.

Sim scored his second goal at 10:35 of the third period on assists from Trent Campbell and Steven Kaunisto.

LSSU goaltender Jeff Jakaitis totaled 25 saves, while Clarkson netminder David Leggio finished with 27 saves.

LSSU resumes Central Collegiate Hockey Association action at home Jan. 5-6 when the Lakers play host to Nebraska-Omaha.

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