Roundup: Lake Superior Remains Undefeated After Sweep at Union
CHN Staff Report
[[Lake Superior State]] won its fourth straight game to open the season, finishing a weekend sweep of Union in Schenectady (N.Y.), 3-2. The Lakers won despite getting outshot 48-17.
Goaltending has been the strength of LSSU in recent years, and it was on display again Saturday. Getting his first start of the year, one-time No. 1 netminder Kevin Kapalka stopped 46 shots. Meanwhile, offensively, the Lakers are getting production from all over the place; they now have 13 different goal scorers this season.
After a wild, wide-open game Friday that saw Lake Superior win, 6-5 in overtime, Union coach Rick Bennett was not happy with his team's effort. He couldn't say the same about Saturday.
“Forty-eight to 17 in shots,” Bennett told the Schnectady Gazette. “You tell me [if the effort was better]. That was pretty impressive. I mentioned that to them. I’ve been through some ups and downs here. I’ve been here when we’ve finished in last place, and I’ve been here when we’ve finished in first. That was one of the more impressive performances that I’ve seen from a team from Union, so we are very happy.”
LSSU coach Jim Roque told the Gazette, "I thought they were the better team tonight.”
As good as Kapalka was, Union is struggling in goal following last week's injury to Colin Stevens. Freshman Alex Sakellaropoulos got his second straight start, but was pulled with 7:04 left in the second period after allowing three goals on 11 shots. He was replaced by junior Dillon Pieri, who had only made one other brief appearance in his Union career.
RPI followed up its win over Boston University, taking care of business at home against Sacred Heart. Ryan Haggerty, who scored twice against BU, had a hat trick Saturday, and now leads the nation with seven goals.
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Clarkson earned a win and tie on the weekend against RIT, losing a 3-1 lead in the third period at home on Saturday. RIT goalkeeper Jordan Ruby made 32 saves on 35 shots and kept the Tigers in the game with some spectacular saves, especially later in the contest, to give his team a chance to rally.
"We played a lot better (Saturday) than we did (Friday)," said RIT head coach Wayne Wilson. "We battled back tonight and were more hungry. I thought Ruby played did a great job, especially keeping us in it when we were down 3-1. I thought our power play looked great tonight as well, but credit the Clarkson defense for playing us well all night."
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George Michalke scored two goals in the third period as Air Force completed a weekend sweep of Penn State, 3-1 in Colorado Springs. The Nittany Lions' only goal was the first of his career for freshman Ricky DeRosa.
“It has been a long time since we have won a battle like that,” Air Force head coach Frank Serratore said. “They are a big, strong, physical team and that was a battle out there. Our guys worked so hard and sacrificed their bodies so many times to block shots. This was a great team win and I could not be happier for our guys. So proud of them. There was nothing easy about this game.”
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Bowling Green routed Colgate, 7-0, to complete a weekend series between the pair. “I thought the game got away from us in the second period,” Colgate coach Don Vaughan said. “We took a couple of untimely penalties and its tough enough on the road and you can’t be playing that undisciplined at times.”