SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - Lake Superior State makes its final appearance of 2012 Friday and Saturday at the Taffy Abel Arena against Northern Michigan. The Lakers look to take the Cappo Cup back from NMU with their first of four games against the Wildcats this season. They also hope to end the first half of the 2012-13 season among the top six in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings.
The puck drops at 7:35 and 7:05, respectively. Both games will be broadcast live on Yes-FM 99.5 with a pay-per-view video webcast on America One.
LSSU snapped No. 3 Miami’s eight-game unbeaten streak with a 1-0 shutout victory last Saturday, handing the RedHawks their first loss home of the season. Friday, the RedHawks won 3-2, leaving the Lakers with a split in eight of nine series so far.
LSSU (8-10-0 overall, 5-7-0-0 Central Collegiate Hockey Association) sits in seventh place in the CCHA with 15 points and is four points out of fifth. The Wildcats (6-8-3 overall, 2-7-3-1 CCHA), who were idle last weekend, defeated Michigan Tech 2-1 at home on Dec. 4. They are currently 11th in the standings.
Northern Michigan leads the all-time record against LSSU, 60-33-10. At the Taffy Abel Arena, the Wildcats lead 23-22-6.
During the 2011-12 season, the Lakers were 1-3-0 against Northern Michigan and outscored 16-12. The Lakers’ lone win was 6-3 on Dec. 10 at the Taffy Abel Arena. LSSU's six goals were its highest single-game total of the year.
Last year's four-game total of 28 goals was the most combined goals scored by NMU and LSSU in the history of the Cappo Cup rivalry. LSSU won the cup in 2009-10 and 2010-11.
Ten Lakers tallied at least one point against the Wildcats during the 2011-12 season. Senior forward Domenic Monardo (6-7—13; 2012-13) tallied a five point weekend (2-3—5) during the Dec. 9-10, 2011, series and totaled six points against the Wildcats for the year. Sophomore forward Stephen Perfetto (3-4—7; 2012-13) notched a short-handed goal and an assist at Northern Michigan.
This season, Monardo and senior Nick McParland (4-9—13) lead LSSU and rank eighth in the CCHA in points. Junior goaltender Kevin Murdock ranks second in the CCHA and sixth nationally in save percentage at .940.
After shutting out Miami’s power play last weekend, Lake State's combined specials teams is ranked fifth (51.0 percent) in the CCHA. On the power-play LSSU is fifth in the CCHA at 17.4 percent. Northern Michigan trails the Lakers in special teams, ranking sixth on the combined list (48.5 percent) and sixth on the power-play at 15.9 percent.
Note: LSSU Residence Life is sponsoring a non-perishable food drive during Friday’s game against NMU. Anyone who donates a food item will receive a coupon for a free coffee or pop from LSSU Concessions. The annual Teddy Bear Toss is Saturday during second intermission.