SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - Lake Superior State snapped a Saturday-night losing streak by defeating Bowling Green 4-3. The Lakers were 0-4-0 on Saturdays dating back to Nov. 2 prior to completing the series sweep.
The Lakers improved to 9-4-1 overall and 5-3-0 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association with their second straight 4-3 victory. It was their fifth straight game decided by one goal, and they improved to 5-4 in one-goal decisions in 2013-14.
BGSU (6-7-3 overall, 4-5-1 WCHA), which has played four straight games decided by one goal, took at 1-0 lead into the second period after the Falcons' Dajon Mingo tallied the night's first of two goals.
BGSU dropped to 4-4 in one-goal games, and has lost three straight.
At 19:49 of the second period, LSSU senior forward Dan Radke (3-9--12) netted his first of two goals, finishing off impressive plays linemate Colin Campbell (5-6--11) and defenseman Kevin Czuczman (4-8--12). Freshman forward Garret Clemment (3-5--8) gave LSSU a 2-1 lead at 3:05 of the third by tipping in a shot by Andrew Perrault (1-4--5). Chris Ciotti (1-6--7) picked up the other assist.
Dan DeSalvo brought the Falcons back into the game at 3:05 of the third. BGSU's Mingo tallied his last goal of the night, making it a 3-2 game at 6:48.
The Lakers, who have out-scored opponents 17-12 in the third period this season, fought back with two unanswered goals. Radke scored his second of the night at 11:03 to tie the game, 3-3. Eric Drapluk (4-3--7) earned the lone assist. Sophomore forward Bryce Schmitt (2-3--5) scored LSSU's game-winning goal at 14:02 from Andrew Dommett (4-2--6) and Czuczman.
Senior netminder Kevin Murdock (4-1-0) made his first appearance in net since Nov. 2 and stopped 32 shots on goal. Tomas Sholl (2-6-0) tallied 28 saves for BGSU. The Lakers were 0-for-3 and held Bowling Green 0-for-4 on the power-play.