Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. - Lake Superior State University dropped the first game of the weekend series against Bemidji State University by a score of 5-2. The Lakers (11-9-1, 7-8-0 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) were lead by junior centerman Stephen Perfetto (2-11--13), who scored a goal and picked up an assist while teaming with Alex Globke and Colin Campbell on the Lakers' top line.
The Lakers jumped out to a one goal lead over the Beavers (6-11-6, 6-7-4 WCHA) after Zach Sternberg (4-7--11) scored 3:50 in to the first period. Freshman forward Globke (8-12--20) picked up the first of his two assists, with Perfetto getting credit for the second assist.
Bemidji State (3-4 on the powerplay) answered with a pair of power-play goals to finish the first period scoring. The first goal came from Prapevessiss (4-11--15) at the 7:44 mark of the first. Kevin Kapalka was then replaced by Kevin Murdock (4-4-0) in net for the Lakers less than a minute later.
The Lakers pulled within 2 goals early in the third period when Perfetto tallied his second goal of the season off of assists from Globke and Colin Campbell (7-8--15). However, that was all the Lakers could muster and surrendered an empty net goal with 4:46 remaining in the game.
Kapalka ended his night with 4 saves before Murdock entered the game and accumulated 35 saves in the losing effort. Freshman netminder Jesse Wilkins (1-1-3) picked up his first career vicotory after posting 41 saves for the Beavers. The Lakers finished the night 0-for-2 on the power-play.