Lakers face two Saulites with LaurentianWednesday, October 30, 2013 by: Brad Coccimiglio
Things continue to go well for the Lake Superior State Lakers hockey team.
After opening the season with a two-game sweep of Robert Morris at Taffy Abel Arena on Oct. 11 and 12, the Lakers followed it up with a sweep of Union College on the rod the following weekend to open up a 4-0 record to start the season.
After a weekend off, the Lakers returned to action on Tuesday night with an exhibition game against the Laurentian Voyageurs. The Sudbury-based university has revived its hockey program and travelled to Taffy Abel Arena to take on the Lakers.
The Laurentian program is back competing in hockey after a kengthy hiatus and the Voyageurs roster features a pair of area-nativesin Brian Nanne and Matt Eddy. Both locals spent time with the NOJHL's Soo Thunderbirds and are in their first season competing at the CIS level.
In all, 13 different players had points fo r the Lakers in a 9-2 win over the Voyageurs.
Eric Drapluk led the way offensively for the Lakers with a goal and three assists. Bryce Schmitt added a pair of goals while Pete Spratte, Ian Miller, Alex Globke and Chris Ciotti each chipped in with a goal and an assist for the Lakers. Nathan Harris and Gus Correale had the other goals for the Lakers while Dan Radke, Stephen Perfetto, Garret Clemment and Andrew Dommet set up a pair of goals each for Lake State.
Kevin Kapalka got the start for the Lakers, stopping six shots before making way for Kevin Murdock, who played the second half of the game, also stopping six shots while giving up a pair of late goals.
Mathew Davis and Marc-Alain Begin scored for Laurentian in the loss. Both goals came in the final five minutes of the game. Voyageurs goaltender Alex Laino stopped 48 shots in the loss.
Next up for the Lakers is a road trip this weekend that sees them take on the Wisconsin Badgers for a pair of games before returning home the following weekend to face Alaska.