SAULT STE. MARIE – The Lake Superior State University Lakers held their annual Blue versus Gold inter-squad scrimmage on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the Taffy Abel Arena. This long-standing tradition allows fans to get a glimpse of the upcoming season by showcasing the talents of each member of this year’s Laker squad. Unlike traditional hockey games, the Blue vs Gold game consists of two twenty minute periods with a five minute overtime and shootout regardless of the score at the end of regulation play.
The Gold team, coached by Mike York, made a strong showing in the first period with two goals, both scored by Josh Nenadal (#26) against goalie Cooper Lukenda (#1). The Gold team managed to control play for the majority of the period, pelting Lukenda with shots, while goalie Roman Bengert (#31) spent much of the period alone at his end of the ice.
The second period brought a fierce comeback by the Blue team, coached by Damon Whitten. Over the course of the twenty minute period, the Blue team scored three goals, by Brayden Gelsinger (#11), Jake Hand (#15) and Diego Cuglietta (#8). Brendan McKay (#10) of the gold team also managed to net his first goal of the season, bringing the final score of regulation play to 3-3. During this period, goalie Mareks Mittens (#30) let in three goals while Nick Kossoff (#33) allowed the single goal by McKay.
The five minute overtime period allowed the Blue team to pull ahead, as three additional goals by Gage Torrel (#29), Will Riedell (#3) and Brayden Gelsinger (#11) were scored on goaltender Mareks Mittens (#30) while Nick Kossoff (#30) allowed none. Following the end of the overtime period, the Blue team was able to tally one final goal by Jake Hand (#15) while the Gold team clinched the win with two additional goals by JT Henke (#7) and Anthony Nellis (#19).
The next game by the Lakers will be played tomorrow, October 1st, 2017 at 3:07pm in the Taffy Abel Arena. This game against Laurentian University will be the official start to Laker Hockey season.
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