SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - Lake Superior State dropped game two against Bemidji State Saturday at the Taffy Abel Arena. The Lakers (11-10-1 overall, 7-9-0 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) played a scoreless first period with the Beavers (7-11-6, 7-7-4 WCHA) which saw both offenses stymied by solid defense and exceptional goaltending.
The Lakers outshot Bemidji to a 14-4 clip in the first period and freshman Jesse Wilkins, who earned his first career victory in last night's game, was brilliant once again.
LSSU came out in the in the second period with energy on both ends and the game became much more physical from the second period on. Stephen Perfetto (3-11--14) notched his second goal and third point of the weekend at the 5:22 mark of the second period. LSSU surrendered five penalties in the second period to open the door for the Beavers.
Bemidji State got an even strength goal at the 17:56 mark of the second after the Lakers had finished killing their fourth penalty of the period. Radoslav Illo (6-3--9) tied the game for the Beavers and Matt Prapavessis (5-12--17) scored the game winner early in the third period on their fifth power-play opportunity, which carried over from the second period.
Kevin Murdock (4-5-0) started the game for the Lakers. After racking up 35 saves and his 1000th save as a Laker in Friday's opener, Murdock turned away 21 of the 24 shots he faced.
The Lakers head to Compton Family Ice Arena to face former Central Collegiate Hockey Association opponent Notre Dame next weekend (January 17 & 18).