Lakers host first WCHA series against Alaska, celebrate Pink in the Rink and Great Lake State Weekend
Nov 05, 2013
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
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
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
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
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
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.