January 21, 2014

Lakers set for road series with the Falcons

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Jan. 21, 2014

Contact: Eddie Bishop, 906-635-2601 or ebishop@lssu.edu

Lakers travel to Bowling Green with precious conference points on the line

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich.- Lake Superior State (11-12-1) and Bowling Green (12-9-5) meet for the second time this season at 7:37 p.m. Friday and 7:07 p.m. Saturday at the BGSU Ice Arena. While the Lakers hold a 2-0-0 series lead over the Falcons this season, they head into the Western Collegiate Hockey Association series hoping to snap a five-game losing skid.

The games will be broadcast live on 99.5 Yes-FM with a pay-per-view video feed on AmericaOne Network.

BGSU holds the all-time edge over the Lakers by a 78-66-10 overall record that dates back to 1970, when the teams collided for the first time and LSSU came out with a 4-3 win at home. Last season, the Lakers were 1-4-0 against Bowling Green, including a season-ending loss during the first round of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Playoffs. When the Falcons are the home team they are 45-23-5 against LSSU.

The Lakers earned a pair of 4-3 victories over the Falcons in late November. They were lead by Dan Radke (3-12—15), who picked up an assist the first night and goals that tied Saturday’s game in the first period and third periods. Radke returned from injury last week against Notre Dame, getting an assist on the weekend.

Freshman standout Garret Clemment had a big weekend against Bowling Green, scoring a goal in both games. Clemment will look to continue that success after another solid performance last weekend against Notre Dame (three assists). Others that lead the way for the Lakers in the home series with BGSU include were Colin Campbell (goal and an assist), Chris Ciotti (two assists), and Kevin Czuczman (two assists).

Junior forward Stephen Perfetto (3-13—16) has racked up five points (2-3—5) in his last four games after tallying an assist on Friday and Saturday night at UND. Currently Czuczman (8-8—16) is tied for fifth overall in the WCHA in defenseman points and leads the league in goals by a defenseman. Campbell (8-8—16) is tied for fourth in the WCHA in game-winning goals with three. After picking up a goal and an assist at Notre Dame, which extended his point streak to five games, Alex Globke (9-14—23) continues to lead the WCHA in rookie points. Globke is tied for first in rookie goal scoring and is tied for fourth in overall WCHA point scoring. He is also sixth nationally in rookie points per game.

Bowling Green has been on the upward trend since that November meeting, going 6-2-2 and controlling the third spot in the WCHA standings. The Falcons are led by junior Dan DeSalvo (6-18—24) and senior Bryce Williamson (10-11—21). On the blue line, the Falcons’ premier sophomore Ralfs Friebergs (1-17—18), was selected to represent his native Latvia in the Sochi Winter Olympic Games on Jan. 7, 2014. In net for Bowling Green, sophomore Tommy Burke (9-2-5, 2.07 goals-against average, .924 save percentage) has been the steady presence and has gone 5-1-2 since the loss in the series opener against the Lakers.

The Lakers have fallen to the Falcons in three straight games at BGSU Ice Arena. They are 5-5-0 in the last 10 meetings when playing on the Falcons’ home ice. Last season, the Lakers dropped both matchups on the road against BGSU, five weeks prior to meeting again in the CCHA First-Round Playoffs. After winning the opening game of the playoffs, the Lakers were stunned by a flurry from BGSU’s offense and eliminated after disappointing 6-3 and 7-0 losses.