Saccoman’s two goals propel Lakers to sweep of Ferris State

Collin Saccoman celebrates his second goal of the night, as the Lakers sweep their opening league series against Ferris State with a 4-3 Saturday night win (Mike Barrett/LHB)

Collin Saccoman had two goals and the Lake Superior State Lakers held off another late Ferris State rally as the Lakers swept the weekend series with the Bulldogs in Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) play with a 4-3 Saturday night win at the Taffy Abel Arena.

For the Lakers (4-6-0, 2-0-0 WCHA), it was their first sweep of Ferris State (2-5-0, 0-4-0 WCHA) on home ice since November 12-13, 2010.  The Lakers swept the Bulldogs with 1-0 and 4-0 scores.  Last season, Lake Superior managed its first road sweep of the Bulldogs since 1993.

Like the Friday night matchup, the first period saw no scoring.  Shots were much more even than they were on the previous night, with the Bulldogs holding a slim 13-12 margin after one period.  Laker goaltender Mareks Mitens and Ferris State netminder Carter McPhail (a former Soo Eagle) matched zeroes for over a period.

Lake Superior opened the scoring when Ferris State’s Dominic Lutz was given a 5 minute major and game misconduct for kneeing Jacob Nordqvist.  Nordqvist did not return to the game, but Saccoman earned a goal on the ensuing power play.

Ferris State struck back a mere 15 seconds later when Dallas Tulik, serving the Lutz penalty, exited the box and got in alone on Mareks Mitens.  Lake Superior reclaimed the lead late in the period, when freshman Louis Boudon notched his second goal of the season.

The third period began with another Ferris State player getting the gate, as Coale Norris was called for checking from behind, taking Saccoman down in the process.  As they did earlier, the Lakers made the Bulldogs pay, as Saccoman returned and put Lake Superior up 3-1.

The Lakers got another goal, this time from Pete Veillette, extending the lead to three goals.  Veillette’s first of the season came with under 11:00 to play.

Just as they did on Friday, however, the Bulldogs put together a rally that made things interesting.  Tulik scored his second of the night with 4:12 remaining.  Then, with McPhail pulled and Max Humitz in the box, Ferris State climbed within one goal.

Desperately pushing for overtime, the visitors threw everything they could at Mitens, but the native of Ventspils, Latvia, held strong, ensuring a 4-3 final score.

Mitens made 20 saves on 23 shots, while McPhail stopped 33 of 37 he faced.

Prior to the game, the Lakers honoured Sault Ste. Marie mayor Tony Bosbous on the ice.  Bosbous has served as mayor since 2001 and elected not to seek reelection.  His term will end on Election Day.

Ferris State will host the Lakers down at Ewigleben Ice Arena at the end of the regular season.  With the setup of the WCHA schedule, the Lakers and Bulldogs always play four games a season, including a series to conclude the year.

Lake Superior is home in two weeks time, welcoming the Michigan Tech Huskies to town.  Both Friday and Saturday games will comme-nce at 7 p.m. EST.