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Lakers host first WCHA series against Alaska, celebrate Pink in the Rink and Great Lake State Weekend

Lakers host first WCHA series against Alaska, celebrate Pink in the Rink and Great Lake State Weekend

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - Lake Superior State hockey returns home for its first Western Collegiate Hockey Association matchup of the season. The Lakers play host to Alaska Friday at 7:37 p.m. and Saturday at 7:07 p.m. in the Taffy Abel Arena. The home series is part of Great Lake State Weekend and the sixth annual Pink in the Rink.

Pink in the Rink is a community-wide fund-raiser and women's health expo. In the last five years LSSU's Pink in the Rink has raised close to $90,000 dollars for organizations that benefit women and families of Chippewa County.

Yes FM, Old Mission Bank, Albert Plumbing and Heating, War Memorial Hospital, Precision Edge, and Soo Co-op Credit Union are major sponsors of this year's Pink in the Rink. Cooper Dental is sponsoring pink cups which can be refilled throughout the weekend with pop from LSSU concessions. Don Cooper and the Riverside Medical After Hours Clinic are sponsoring the 250 goodies bags that will be distributed before Friday's game. The first 250 arrivals on Saturday will receive pink lapel pins. Several other local businesses also donate gift baskets and other items to this special cause.

Pink in the Rink vendor booths open at 2 p.m. Friday in the Norris Center and 6 p.m. Saturday in the Student Activity Center. Silent auctions jersey winners will receive their jerseys during “Skate with the Lakers,” which follows Saturday’s game.

Local organizations that have benefitted from Pink in the Rink have included War Memorial Hospital, Chippewa County Health Department, Diane Peppler Shelter, Road to Recovery, Girls on the Run and EUP Hospice House.

Great Lake State Weekend is LSSU's campus-wide homecoming. GLSW activities include hockey pre-game tailgates, Campus Challenge 5K Fun Run/Walk, Alumni Association Banquet, pig roast and post-game gatherings.

Saturday’s pig roast and beer tent in the Student Activity Center begin at 4:30 p.m.

The Lakers return to the Taffy Abel Arena after a 3-3 tie, 3-2 shootout victory and 8-1 loss at Wisconsin. Alaska is coming off a WCHA home split against Northern Michigan.

Overall LSSU leads the all-time record against Alaska, 31-14-6. At the Taffy Abel Arena the Lakers lead, 20-7-1. During the 2012-13 season, LSSU was 3-1-0 against the Nanooks.

LSSU split a November, 2012, series with the Nanooks in Fairbanks, losing 2-1 and winning 4-2. Last February, the Lakers swept Alaska at home, 5-1 and 4-2.

Eleven LSSU returnees tallied a point or better over Alaska in 2012-13. Senior defenseman Matt Bruneteau (1-1--2) and junior defenseman Kevin Czuczman (3-2--5) led the Lakers with one goal and two assists each. Seniors Dan Radke (1-5--6) and Andrew Perrault (1-0--1) both tallied three assists.

Senior defenseman Zach Sternberg (1-4--5), junior forwards Chris Ciotti (1-1--2) and Stephen Perfetto (1-5--6), sophomore defenseman Zach Loesch and sophomore forward Bryce Schmitt (1-1--2) added one goal and one assist. Eric Drapluk (1-0--1) had two assists, while Colin Campbell (2-3--5) added one.

Alaska returns six point-grabbers from last season. Colton Parayko, Colton Beck and Cody Kunyk each tallied one goal and one assist, while Michael Quinn added two assists for the Nanooks. Tyler Morley and Nolan Huysmans scored one goal each.

Freshman forward Alex Globke (2-6--8) leads the Lakers in points this season. He also leads the WCHA and ranks fourth nationally in overall freshman scoring, and is tied for fourth in the WCHA place in assists. Radke and Perfetto are tied for second on the team in points with 1-5--6.

Kunyk and Huysmans are tied for first for the Nanooks in points with 5-3--8.

Globke and Radke are on four-game point streaks. In the last four games, Globke tallied 1-5--6 while Radke totaled 1-4--5.

Alaska is tied for second in WCHA overall scoring offense (3.38) while the Lakers sit in fourth (3.17). In scoring defense, Alaska sits in seventh (2.88), while the Lakers are ninth (3.33).

Both games will be broadcast live on 99.5 Yes FM with a live pay-per-view audio/video feed on America One.