Category: Game Recaps

Mitens outstanding in net as Lakers win fourth straight on road, sweep UAA

Mareks Mitens (seen here from an exhibition game against the USNTDP’s Under 18 squad) prevented a furious rally by Alaska-Anchorage, enabling the Lakers to hold on for a 2-1 win and series sweep (Mike Barrett/LHB)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Anthony Nellis claimed his second consecutive game winning goal and Mareks Mitens slammed the door shut as the Lake Superior State Lakers  (10-20-4, 8-15-3 WCHA) earned their fourth straight win in a 2-1 win over Alaska-Anchorage (2-24-4, 2-19-3-3 WCHA).

Entering the final month of the season needing to essentially win out in order to qualify for the WCHA Tournament, the Lakers have risen to the task.  

Perhaps even more impressive is that they have had to do this completely on the road.

Neither team found the back of the net in the first period.  Both teams made a change in net from the previous night, as Mitens got the start in place of Nick Kossoff, while Olivier Mantha was replaced in the Alaska-Anchorage net by Brody Claeys.

The Seawolves opened the scoring when Trey deGraaf capitalized on a power play opportunity.  The third goal of the year for deGraaf resulted in the first lead of the weekend for Alaska-Anchorage.

Just moments after Jake Hand was denied by Claeys on a great 5 on 3 chance, Max Humitz tied the game with just 1.7 seconds remaining in the period.  A lengthy review of a potential offsides call did not overturn the goal, resulting in a 1-1 tie after 40 minutes.

Shortly before the midway point of the third period, Anthony Nellis cashed in for his second goal of the weekend.  A turnover led to an odd man rush, which Nellis capitalized on, earning his 12th goal of the year and his third in four games.

With just over five minutes left in regulation, Bryan Basilico appeared to put Lake Superior up 3-1.  What would have been his second goal of the season, however, was waived off after a review due to goaltender interference.

Down late, the Seawolves cranked up the pressure on Mitens, peppering the Latvian netminder with everything they could.  The freshman remained steady in net, despite point blank shots and odd deflections, as the Lakers held on for a 2-1 win.

Both teams had 23 shots on net.  In picking up his third win of the season, Mitens stopped 22 of 23 (including 10 in the third period), while Claeys made 21 saves.  

In addition to being equal on the shot counter, both teams were also equal on the power play, as the Seawolves and the Lakers each went 1 for 4 with the odd man.

The Lakers are idle next weekend and will be keeping a close eye on Ferris State.  The Bulldogs have a one point lead on Lake Superior and will play Minnesota State this weekend.  The two teams will face each other in the following week in Big Rapids before the start of the WCHA Tournament.

Nellis hits OT winner, Lakers win third straight

Anthony Nellis (seen here against Bemidji State) potted the overtime winner for the Lakers, sending them to their third straight win (Mike Barrett/LHB)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Anthony Nellis’ eleventh goal of the season propelled Lake Superior State to a 3-2 overtime win over the last place Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves in late night hockey action at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

The win was the third straight for the Lakers (9-20-4, 7-15-3 WCHA), who swept Bemidji State last weekend.

Will Riedell got the scoring started when he rifled a shot from the top of the circle past Seawolves goaltender Olivier Mantha.  For Riedell, it was his second goal of the season, and his first since November 3rd.  Coincidentally, that goal also came against Alaska-Anchorage.

Lake Superior made it 2-0 later in the period on a power play.  With Tad Kozun off for tripping, Hampus Erikkson collected a pass from Gage Torrel right in front of Mantha.  The native of Forsbacka, Sweden, knocked the puck in the net off of the crossbar.

The Seawolves (2-23-4, 2-18-3-3 WCHA) struck back before the period ended, as Jeremiah Luedtke deflected shot from the blue line by Kozun behind Lakers goaltender Nick Kossoff, closing the gap to one goal.  With 1:09 left on the clock, the Lakers went into the dressing room after one period holding a 2-1 lead.

Nether team found the back of the net in the second period.  The Seawolves, who outshot Lake Superior 12-8 in the opening session, continued their barrage on Kossoff, as they held a 24-14 advantage after 40 minutes.

Alaska-Anchorage tied the game exactly midway thru the third period, when Nicolas Erb-Ekholm fed a pass to Alec Butcher, who beat Kossoff on the short side.

With neither goaltender surrendering a goal thru the remainder of regulation, the teams went to overtime for the second time this season.  Just like last time, the Lakers were victorious, as J.T. Henke dug a puck out of the corner and slid it through two Seawolf defenders to a streaking Nellis, who buried the puck for a 3-2 win.

In goal, Kossoff picked up his seventh win of the year by making 31 saves on 33 shots.  Across the ice, Mantha had 22 saves on 25 opportunities.

The win helped move Lake Superior to 24 points in league play, four behind Ferris State, who currently holds the final playoff spot.  The Bulldogs are idle this week and play Minnesota State next weekend before the final games of the regular season against the Lakers.

By taking the loss, the Seawolves were mathematically eliminated from the WCHA playoff race.  Alaska-Anchorage currently has 12 points on the season, and cannot pass Ferris State’s 28 points with their remaining schedule.

The two squads will conclude their series tonight.  Faceoff is set for 11:07 p.m. Eastern.

 

Mitens earns 1st shutout, Lakers earn 1st sweep of season

Mareks Mitens earned the first shutout of his Laker career in a 2-0 win over Bemidji State. Coupled with a shutout the previous night, it was the first time since 2010 that the Lakers blanked an opponent twice in one weekend (Mike Barrett/LHB).

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Looking for their first sweep of the season, the Lake Superior State Lakers made a rather unconventional move in net.

A night after Nick Kossoff picked up the first shutout for the Lakers in nearly two seasons, Freshman Mareks Mitens got the nod from head coach Damon Whitten.

The native of Ventspils, Latvia, showed he was equal to the task, stopping all 36 shots, as the Lakers (8-20-4, 6-15-3 WCHA) posted back to back 2-0 shutouts of Bemidji State in a series sweep.

With the win, the Lakers are hoping to propel themselves back into playoff positioning.  Coming into the game, they trailed the Alaska Nanooks by 8 points, as the Nanooks, like the Lakers, won the night before.

The opening period had the Beavers (14-10-6, 11-7-4-2 WCHA) swarming, outshooting the Lakers 13-3.  Mitens was sharp throughout, as the game remained scoreless after 20 minutes.

Max Humitz got Lake Superior on the board with a goal on a delayed penalty to BSU’s Adam Brody.  Humitz redirected a puck past Beavers goaltender Michael Bitzer for a 1-0 lead.

Picking up assists on Humitz’s goal were Collin Saccoman and Yuki Miura.  For Miura, it was his first point as a Laker.

Down a goal going into the final stanza, Bemidji State continued peppering Mitens with shots.  The freshman continued turning away shot after shot.

The Beavers appeared to tie the game when Aaron Miller drilled a puck past Mitens.  Upon further review, however, it was ruled that Mitens had been interfered with on the play, thus negating the goal.

Like last night, Bemidji State took an untimely penalty late, as Myles Fitzgerald was called for tripping with just 2:15 to play.  Rolling the dice, coach Tom Serratore pulled Bitzer, evening up the skaters.

After a couple of long shots missed the net and iced the puck, Diego Cuglietta iced the game away with an empty netter at the 19:38 mark, sealing the Lakers’ fate.

The last time Lake Superior had back to back shutouts was in the 2012-13 season.  Kevin Murdock shut out Northern Michigan in the final game of the regular, followed by Kevin Kapalka shutting out Bowling Green in the first game of the CCHA Conference Tournament.

To find the last time the Lakers were not scored upon in a series, one must go back to November of 2010.  Kevin Kapalka had back to back blanking of Ferris State on 12th and 13th of that month.

Kossoff, defense, stymies Bemidji State on road

Nick Kossoff (pictured here against Ferris State) earned the fourth shutout of his Laker career in a 2-0 win over Bemidji State (Mike Barrett/LHB).

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Playing their final six games of the season on the road, the Lake Superior State Lakers would need to find a way to win on the road in order to have any shot at a WCHA playoff berth.

Following last week’s games against Bowling Green, Lakers head coach Damon Whitten said “we’re going to get in the playoffs, and to do it, we need to become road warriors.”

Whitten’s club took a step in the right direction, as the Lakers (7-20-4, 5-15-3 WCHA) blanked Bemidji State (14-9-6, 11-6-4 WCHA) 2-0 on Friday night.

Lake Superior came out strong in the first period, holding a 12-7 edge in shots on net.  J.T. Henke opened the scoring when he notched his 9th goal of the season.  Assisted by Bryan Basilico and Kyle Chatham, the Trenton, Michigan native put the puck behind Beavers goaltender Michael Bitzer for a 1-0 lead.

In the second period, Bemidji State began clamping down on the Laker offense, limiting them to just four shots.  The Beavers, while getting eight shots of their own, were still being stymied by the Lake State blueliners.

An odd man rush helped Anthony Nellis widen the Lakers lead to 2-0 with his 10th of the season.

The final period saw the Beavers begin to successfully generate more shots on net than before.  Despite seeing more rubber, Lakers netminder Nick Kossoff could not be beat.

Pulling Bitzer for an extra skater, Bemidji looked to get back in the game with under three minutes to play.  Lake State’s Gage Torrel, who assisted on the Nellis goal, got the puck and attempted to ice the game away; Dillon Eichstadt took him down from behind.

While Eichstadt’s actions likely saved a goal, it essentially negated the action of pulling Bitzer.  Forced to kill a minor penalty late in the game, the Beavers could not get any good chances on Kossoff, as the Lakers prevailed on the road by a 2-0 final score.

By stopping all 28 shots, Kossoff picked up his first shutout of the season, and the fourth of his career.  His last shutout came on December 30, 2015 againt Brown in the Catamount Cup. 

In addition, it was the first shutout for a Laker goaltender since Gordie Defiel shutout Minnesota State in Game 2 of the 2016 WCHA Quarterfinals.

Across the ice, Bitzer came up with 18 saves on 20 shots.

Neither team took advantage of their power play opportunites, as the Lakers were 0 for 4, while Bemidji was 0 for 1.  A slashing penalty to Jake Hand was the only power play the Beavers were afforded.

 

Falcons escape Lake Superior with 3-2 win, series sweep

J.T. Henke takes a faceoff against BG’s Max Johnson. While Henke and the other seniors were playing in their final home game, Henke’s linemate Yuki Miura was playing in his first. (Brittany Litchard/LHB)

SAULT STE. MARIE – Two waved off goals were the story of senior night, as Lake Superior battled back from 3-0 down to within a goal, but could not get the tiebreaker, as the fifteenth-ranked Falcons swept the Lakers with a 3-2 win on Senior Night.

“We would’ve loved to send the seniors out a chance to ring the Victory Bell, but we’re really proud of that group,” said Lakers head coach Damon Whitten.  “There are so many things they’ve done on and off the ice to really help move Laker hockey forward in this community and on this campus.”

The Lakers dug themselves into a deep hole in the first period, as a 2-0 deficit was made worse when defenseman Will Riedell was tossed for checking from behind.  The Falcons potted a third goal (the second of the night for Jason Spezia), sending the Lakers back to the locker room trailing 3-0 after 20 minutes.

“We had a tough start obviously, when you go down two goals early, you’re chasing the game all night long.”

Lake Superior appeared to get on the board when Diego Cuglietta beat Ryan Bednard.  Unfortunately for the Lakers, a lengthy review concluded that the puck did not cross the goal line.

Despite the adversity the team faced, the team did not gtive up, and a blistering shot from Hampus Erikkson got the Lakers on the board.

Lake Superior managed to close the gap further when Gage Torrel pumped a shorthanded tally past Bednard, making the score 3-2.

“I thought we had a really good push back with a strong second period,” remarked Whitten.  “We had them on the ropes in the third period, but we couldn’t catch a break, hitting posts and hitting double posts.”

Midway thru the third period, the Lakers appeared to have the tying goal, as Jake Hand got in all along on Bendard and put the puck behind him.  The puck hit the crossbar, bounced straight down and did not cross the line, per review.

Members of the Laker Legion display oversized headshots of the Laker seniors. From Left: Ryan Renz, J.T. Henke, Aiden Wright and Kyle Chatham (Brittany Litchard/LHB)

Down but not out, the Lakers continuted to play hard, but goal number three never came, as the Falcons held on for a 3-2 win and a series sweep.

Making his Laker debut was Yuki Miura.  The forward had to make it through the NCAA clearinghouse and overcome an injury in order to finally make it in the lineup.  While Miura did not wind up on the stat sheet, his speed and quickness were certainly on display.

“I thought he was a great shot in the arm,” remarked Whitten, on Miura.  “He’s one of those guys who is quick and fast.  Some guys can be quick in some areas, but not be fast.  Yuki’s both, and I think he showed that.  His stick and puck skills are really good, he makes good passes.  He had a great debut, and if he continues to play like he did, he will be a fixture in our lineup.”

In goal, Bednard stopped 17 of 19 in picking up the win.  In relief of Mareks Mitens (who made 6 saves on 8 shots before being pulled), Nick Kossoff stopped 27 of 28, taking the loss.

Prior to the game, the Lakers honoured their four seniors, as J.T. Henke, Kyle Chatham, Ryan Renz and Aiden Wright respectively took their lap around the ice.  Although the pregame ceremony was a departure from the traditional postgame ceremony, each of the four were in the starting lineup for coach Whitten, which has been the case since he took the reigns in 2014.

Senior Night was forced to be held much earlier than usual due to the remainder of the Lakers’ schedule being on the road.  Typically, there is at least one home series in February; the league schedule did not pan out in an ideal way for many teams this season.

Whitten commented that the play of his seniors will be pivotal down the stretch, noting that the team will have to be road warriors from this point out.

#15 Falcons down Lakers 5-3

Freshman defenseman Lukas Käelble clears the puck into the zone. Käelble scored the first goal of his collegiate career in a 5-3 loss to Bowling Green (Mike Barrett/LHB)

SAULT STE. MARIE – A three goal second period lifted the Bowling Green State Falcons over Lake Superior in the first game of their weekend set at the Taffy Abel Arena.

The two squads faced off in November, where the Falcons (15-8-6. 12-4-5 WCHA) claimed 5 of 6 points from the Lakers at the Slater Family Ice Arena in Bowling Green.

The Lakers (6-19-4, 4-14-3 WCHA) got on the board first when Anthony Nellis picked up his ninth goal of the season.  Just 24 seconds later, however, Bowling Green tied the game on a goal from Alec Rauhauser.  

Lake Superior came right back down the ice and reclaimed the lead on a goal from Brayden Gelsinger.  His goal was the third goal in a 56 second span.

“We had a good start, getting the first goal,” said Lakers head coach Damon Whitten.  “They responded and we answered right back.  I’ve mentioned before that we can’t afford to give up five goals and expect to win.”  

The Falcons’ Max Johnson tied the game on a power play before the first period drew to a close.  

Bowling Green dominated the shots in the second period, posting  a 13-2 differential.   Goals from Lukas Craggs, Brandon Kruse and Tyler Spezia eventually led to Lakers goaltender Nick Kossoff being relieved after the second period for Mareks Mitens.

The final period saw almost a complete reversal of the shots, as the Lakers dominated with 17 shot on net to just one for the Falcons.  Lukas Käelble notched the first goal of his career, closing the Lakers within two.  

Unfortunately for Lake Superior, Falcons goaltender Ryan Bednard was sharp throughout, making 24 saves to pick up the win.

“I thought we pushed back,” said Whitten.  “We kind of sagged after their third goal, but a couple of guys kept going to give us some life.  We had a tremendous third period, where we really poured it on, but we couldn’t get that next one to really give ourselves a chance.”

Both teams managed 27 shots on net.  In picking up the win, Bendard made 24 saves.  Kossoff was tagged for 5 goals on 26 shots before Mitens came in.  The native of Ventspils, Latvia stopped the only shot he faced.

 

Wildcats retain Cappo Cup

MARQUETTE – A third period goal by Philip Beaulieu stood as the difference, as the Lakers suffered a 3-2 loss and a sweep at the hands of their Upper Peninsula rivals, the Northern Michigan Wildcats.

With the loss, the Lakers could not win back the Father Cappo Cup, as Northern Michigan took the season series with a 3-1 record.

Lake Superior (6-18-4, 4-13-3 WCHA) started out on the right foot, as Max Humitz opened the scoring under two minutes into the game.  Humitz nearly sent the Friday game to overtime, but a big save by Atte Tolvanen ensured that game ended in regulation.

The Wildcats (14-10-3, 12-5-2-2 WCHA) tied it up later that period on the power play when Beaulieu put the puck behind Lakers goaltender Nick Kossoff.  Beaulieu’s goal came while LSSU’s Steven Ruggiero was in the box for high sticking.

A golden opportunity presented itself when the Lakers were awarded a 5 minute power play late in the first period.  James Vermeulen received a game misconduct for checking from behind.  Coupled with a minor penalty to Adam Roeder moments earlier, Lake Superior had a 5 on 3 for 1:27.  The Lakers, however, could not convert, as the ‘Cats penalty kill unit gave them fits.

Just 26 seconds into the second period, Troy Loggins scored unassisted to put the WIldcats up 2-1.  The lead did not last long, as Brayden Gelsinger tipped a shot from Tyler Anderson behind Tolvanen, which the game at two goals apiece after a lengthy review.

After tying the game, the Lakers continued putting pressure on Tolvanen; the Wildcats netminder was unfazed, even as Lake Superior worked more at crashing the net.

At 8:19 of the third period, Northern Michigan hit the one that mattered, as Beaulieu notched his second goal of the night.  While the Lakers tried to rally, Tolvanen made the saved he needed to, preserving the 3-2 final score.

By retaining the Cappo Cup, Northern Michigan has won 4 of the last 5.  The Lakers have only one the cup once (2015-16) since both teams joined the WCHA.

Lake State returns home next weekend for the final home set of the 2017-18 season.  Before the game on Saturday, the four seniors (Aiden Wright, Kyle Chatham, J.T. Henke and Ryan Renz) will be honoured on the ice.  Fans looking to attend senior night are reminded to show up early (around 6:45 p.m.)

Third period effort falls short in 3-2 loss

MARQUETTE – In need of points, the Lake Superior State Lakers came up empty-handed in a Friday night loss to the Wildcats of Northern Michigan.

Lake Superior got on the board first when Diego Cuglietta netted goal number six on the year, scoring an unassisted goal under five minutes into the game.  The Lakers came out hard, outplaying the host Wildcats through the first half of the opening period.  A penalty to Alex Ambrosio seemed to spark the ‘Cats, as they began to get the better of the play.

Just 55 seconds into the second period, the Lakers’ lead was gone, as Adam Rockwood picked up his 3rd goal of the year.  An even strength goal, Rookwood’s tally came right after the expiration of an Anthony Nellis penalty.  Rockwood got assists from Demico Hannoun and Robbie Payne, the latter of whom is a candidate for the 2018 Hobey Baker Award.

Darien Craighead kept the momentum going for Northern Michigan with a goal 1:15 later, giving the Wildcats their first lead of the night.  Craighead added a power play tally later in the period for his 15th of the season.

Down but not out, the Lakers closed within one when J.T. Henke found the back of the net.  Despite the shots standing at 27-14 in favour of the hosts after 40 minutes, Lake Superior trailed by only one goal entering the final session.

To start the third period, the Laker offense came out firing shot after shot at ‘Cats goaltender Atte Tolvanen.  Tolvanan, who came close to breaking the NCAA shutout record last season (held by former Laker Blaine Lacher), stood tall, keeping the Lakers in check.  At the other end, Nick Kossoff kept the Wildcats from climbing any higher, turning away each attempt to widen the scoring gap.

With Kossoff on the bench and the Lakers’ net empty, Lake Superior tried to send the game to overtime.  Tolvanen, however, showed why he is one of the top goalies in the WCHA by coming up big for his team when they needed him, preserving the 3-2 score.

For the Lakers, Kossoff faced 34 shots, stopping 31.  Tolvanen finished the night with 27 saves on 29 attempts.

With the loss, the Lakers now trail the Wildcats 2-1 in the standings for the Father Cappo Cup, and hold a 2 goal advantage.  The rivalry for the cup started in 1992, and has been contested annually since 1995.  The ‘Cats won the cup last season on a tiebreaker, as both teams finished 1-1-2, but NMU outscored LSSU 10-9.

On the plus side, the teams directly ahead and below the Lakers in the standings all lost, as Alaska-Anchorage fell to Bowling Green, Ferris State lost to Bemidji State and Alaska was defeated by Michigan Tech.  While Lake Superior could not take advantage of the situation, they did not fall further out of the playoff race either.

The series will complete Saturday, January 20th at the Berry Events Centre in Marquette.  Face off is at 7:07 p.m.

Offense comes alive, Lakers split with Bulldogs

Diego Cuglietta (8) puts a shot on Ferris State goalie Justin Kapelmaster. Moments later, Kyle Chatham put the puck over the glove for the game winner (Mike Barrett/LHB)

SAULT STE. MARIE – Following their fourth consecutive Friday night shutout, the Lake Superior State Lakers chased the goaltender who shut them out in a 5-3 win.

The Lakers (6-16-4, 4-11-3 WCHA) scored three first period goals against Darren Smith, who was pulled after one period of play in favour of Justin Kapelmaster.

Gage Torrel got the scoring started for Lake Superior when his shot got past Smith, who was screened by Hampus Erikkson.  Jake Hand and Anthony Nellis joined the fun, helping the Lakers to open up a 3-0 lead.

In the second period, with Kapelmaster keeping the Lakers off the board, including a penalty shot by Alex Ambrosio, the Bulldogs forged a comeback, as Trevor Recktenwald cut the Lake Superior lead to two after 40 minutes of play.  Initially reviewed to see if the play was onside, the goal stood when the replay failed to overturn the call on the ice.

Early in the third, Ferris State (10-15-1, 7-10-1 WCHA) pulled within one when Ryker Killins got the puck through a pileup in front of Nick Kossoff.  Like Recktenwald’s goal, this one had to go to the booth for review, but also came back good.

Under a minute later, the game was tied on Justin Tackett’s first goal of the year.  A long shot from Mitch Maloney was deflected by Tackett past Kossoff for a 3-3 score.

“They clawed their way back into it and suddenly you’re looking at 3-3 late in the game,” said Lakers head coach Damon Whitten, on the Ferris State comeback.  “It’s a real credit to our team and our leaders.  It’s been challenging, but our guys have stuck together, believing in each other and staying positive.“

With under 9:00 left to play, Diego Cuglietta came streaking into the zone and took a shot on net.  Kapelmaster made the save, but a rebound escaped to the side, which Cuglietta slid back to the blueline.  Kyle Chatham teed up the puck and shot it thru a crowd of players and found the back of the net, putting the Lakers back on top.

“We started well, getting up 3-0, but then they battled back and we weren’t getting the bounces,” said Chatham.  “We showed good character by not slouching too much.  I got the puck at the point and the next thing I knew it was in the net.”

Ferris State had its chances, but Kossoff kept the puck out of the net the rest of the way.  With the goalie pulled, Brayden Gelsinger notched his sixth goal of the season with an empty netter for a 5-3 final.

In goal, Kossoff made 20 saves on 23 shots.  Across the ice, Smith stopped 8 of 11 before Kapelmaster came in, who made 16 saves on 17 shots. 

The Lakers hit the road next weekend for Marquette.  Northern Michigan (13-10-3, 11-5-2-2 WCHA), who swept Bowling Green this past weekend, has been the biggest surprise in the WCHA this year under new head coach Grant Potulny.  

Smith, Bulldogs shutout Lake Superior

A scrum erupts in front of the Ferris State net, but Lake Superior was unable to get this puck (or any other) past Darren Smith (Mike Barrett/LHB)

SAULT STE. MARIE – For the fourth consecutive Friday game, the Lake Superior State hockey team could not find the back of the net, as Darren Smith and the Bulldogs of Ferris State downed the Lakers 4-0.

Entering the game, the Lakers were seven points behind Ferris State, who held the final playoff spot.  

The Bulldogs got on the board when Coale Norris and Marshall Moise got into the Lakers’ zone on a 2 on 1.  Moise fed a pass to Norris, who put the puck into a wide open net, as Moise had gotten Lake Superior goaltender Mareks Mitens out of position.

Ferris State scored two more goals in the second period, as Corey Mackin and Nate Kallen converted on opportunities, eventually chasing Mitens from the net.

Replacing him was junior Nick Kossoff.  Kossoff, who has 4 of the Lakers’ 5 wins on the year, allowed a power play goal by Ryker Killins in the third period.

Although much of the play was even, the Bulldogs managed to make the most of their opportunities.  

In goal, Smith stopped all 27 shots.  Across the ice, Mitens made 13 saves before being relieved by Kossoff, who made 11 stops.

By picking up the win, Ferris State snapped a five game losing streak.  The Lakers, meanwhile, are now 0-6-1 in their last 7 league games.  They sit eight points behind Alaska, who is in action against Minnesota State in a late game.

For the Lakers, the chances of making the WCHA Tournament continue to shrink, as they have been unable to gain any ground on teams ahead of them in the standings.  Making matters worse were the results from the late games, where Alabama-Huntsville and Alaska won their games, widening the gap.

The teams are back in action tonight for the conclusion of their series.  Puck drop is at 7:07.