SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich.- Lake Superior State completed their final weekend at home of their inaugural season in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association with a 4-3 loss to Minnesota State- Mankato. The loss completes the sweep of the Lakers (16-17-1, 12-14-0 WCHA) by the Mavericks (21-13-0, 19-7-0 WCHA).
The Lakers came out displaying much more spark than what was given in last night's loss. Senior Colin Campbell (12-15--27) scored early for the Lakers off of a deflection from fellow senior Andrew Perrault's (1-7--8) shot from the blue line. Senior forward Dan Radke (6-19--25), also playing in his final home game for the Lakers, was credited with the second assist. The Lakers took their one goal advantage into the locker room for intermission while being outshot 14-11 in the first frame.
The second period was a shift of momentum as the Lakers and senior goaltender Kevin Kapalka (9-7-1) gave up three goals to the Mavericks. Johnny McInnis scored the first of his two goals on the night during the second period. The lone bright spot for the Lakers in the second period was a goal by Kevin Czuczman (10-11--21) from a back-door pass by Radke. Freshman standout Alex Globke (12-19--31) was also credited with the assist.
Globke would also go on to score early in the third period following McInnis' eventual game-winner occurring 1:01 minutes prior. Radke and Campbell both were credited with assists on the Laker's third goal.
After 46:02 minutes in net, Kapalka, was replaced by fellow senior goaltender Kevin Murdock (7-10-0) after recording 30 saves. Murdock blocked all six shots he faced late in the third period, needing to make brilliant sprawling efforts for a handful of the saves. With under two minutes to play the Lakers pulled their goaltender in lieu of an extra attacker, however the last-ditch efforts were not enough as the Mavericks held firm to complete the streak.
Cole Huggins made 27 saves while allowing three goals to give the Mavericks the win. The lakers were 2-3 on the power play, while the Mavericks were 1-3.
The Lakers will travel to Ferris State next weekend to wrap up the final weekend series. It is also their final chance to pick up some much needed points in order to secure a spot in the WCHA playoffs.