Lakers face U.P. rival Northern Michigan at the Berry Events Center
Feb 26, 2013
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Lake Superior State concludes
regular-season play with this weekend’s hockey series at
Northern Michigan. LSSU hopes to bring home the Father Cappo Cup
after losing it during the 2011-12 season and secure home ice for
the first round of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association
The Lakers are five goals up on the Wildcats in the race for the
cup. They lead the total-goals series 6-1 after sweeping NMU in
Sault Ste. Marie in mid December.
LSSU is coming off hard-fought 5-4 and 2-1 losses to No. 3
Miami. The Wildcats are coming off a road split at Bowling Green
where they won, 5-2, and lost, 5-3.
The Lakers (15-18-1 overall, 10-15-1-1 CCHA) are in eighth place
in the CCHA with 32 points. Northern (14-16-4 overall, 8-14-4-1
CCHA) sits in ninth place in the CCHA with 29 points. LSSU must
finish in the top eight in the CCHA standings in order to host a
Both games will be broadcast live on 99.5 Yes FM with the puck
dropping at 7:35 p.m. in the Berry Events Center.
Eleven Lakers tallied at least one point against the Wildcats in
December. Sophomore forward Stephen Perfetto and senior forward
Nick McParland both had one goal and two assists to lead the
Lakers. Junior forward Kellan Lain, sophomore forward Buddy
Robinson and sophomore forward Chris Ciotti all notched one goal
and one assist.
The Lakers are 3-11-1 on the road this season, while Northern
Michigan is 7-3-3 at home. Overall Northern Michigan leads the
all-time series against LSSU, 60-35-10. In Marquette, Mich., NMU
has a 39-9-4 lead over the Lakers. LSSU is 1-1 on Olympic ice in
The last time LSSU won at NMU was Feb. 5, 2011, after the Lakers
swept the Wildcats 4-1 and 2-0. Senior forward Domenic Monardo, who
is one point shy of the 100-point career scoring milestone, is the
only returning Laker to earn a point during that series.
Matt Thurber leads NMU in points and assists with 5-26—31,
but is scoreless against the Lakers this season. Monardo, who leads
the CCHA in goals scored, is LSSU’s points leader with
18-11--29. He has the most goals by a Laker since Joe Blaznek and
Jason Sessa both scored 22 goals in 1996-97.
Junior forward Dan Radke (5-14--19) enjoyed a breakout series
against Miami, tallying two goals and two assists. With his
four-point weekend, Radke moved into third on the team in points
and second in assists. Radke has eight points in the Lakers’
last six games.
LSSU junior goalie Kevin Murdock (9-11-0) is third in the CCHA
in overall save percentage and 11th nationally at .931. Against
CCHA opponents, he ranks fifth in the league in save percentage at
.928. Northern Michigan netminder Jared Coreau, who suffered both
losses to LSSU earlier in the season, is ninth in the CCHA in
overall save percentage (.918) and win percentage (.471).
Elsewhere in the CCHA, it’s Western Michigan at Michigan
State, Bowling Green at Notre Dame, Ferris State at Michigan, Ohio
State at Miami, and Alaska-Anchorage vs. Alaska.