Lakers open Central Collegiate Hockey Association play on home ice
Oct 23, 2012
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - Lake Superior State opens Central
Collegiate Hockey Association play with a Great Lake State Weekend
home series against Michigan State. The Lakers are 2-2-0 overall,
while the Spartans are 1-2-1 in non-conference play.
During the 2011-12 season, the Lakers were 2-1-1 against the
Spartans, including a 5-4 and 3-2 sweep during their home opener.
They went on to finish a respectable 3-4-3-3 against Big Ten
The Lakers head into the series after splitting back-to-back
series against WCHA opponents. MSU heads into the weekend with a
win and tie over Niagara of the Atlantic Hockey conference. The
Sparants also lost two games at Minnesota two weekends ago, and the
Gophers were the nation’s No. 1-ranked team at the time.
Overall, MSU leads the all-time record, 68-33-14. At the Taffy
Abel Arena, the Spartans lead 25-16-7. Dating back to Jan. 30,
2009, the Lakers are 4-1-1 and have outscored Michigan State 16-14
on home ice.
LSSU is tied for fifth in the CCHA in overall in scoring offense
with 10 goals, while MSU sits in 10th place with eight goals this
season. Michigan State is 11th overall in scoring defense with 17
goals allowed, while the Lakers are 10th with 15 goals
Lake State returns six point-grabbers from the 2011-12 series
against MSU. Junior forward Kellan Lain (1-1--2; 2012-13) and
sophomore forward Chris Ciotti (1-2--3; 2012-13) each netted a
goal. Senior forward Domenic Monardo (2-4--6; 2012-13), junior
defender Zach Sternberg (1-1--2; 2012-13), junior forward Dan Radke
(1-0--1; 2012-13) and sophomore defenseman Kevin Czuczman all
tallied one assist.
Michigan State returns five point-grabbers from the 2011-12
series. All were held to one point.
Monardo currently leads the CCHA in points and is tied for first
with Northern Michigan’s Matt Thurber in assists. Ciotti is
tied for first in the CCHA in overall power-play points with
1-2--3. LSSU leads the CCHA in power-play percentage at 26.3
Junior goaltender Kevin Kapalka (2-2-0) recorded his seventh
career shutout and first of the season during last Friday’s
2-0 victory at Bemidji State. He has a career record of 31-28-13,
while MSU junior Will Yanakeff is 20-16-3. Kapalka has a career
record of 2-2-2 with two shootout victories against the
Notes: As part of Great Lake State Weekend
festivities, LSSU will introduce the Parents of the Year during
second intermission Friday and Alumni Association Award winners
during second intermission Saturday.