SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - Lake Superior State starts off the new year with a 4-3 victory over Michigan Tech Friday at the Taffy Abel Arena. The Lakers (11-7-1 overall, 7-6-0 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) earned two points with the win, giving them 14-points in the WCHA.
After being down 1-0, senior defenseman Zach Sternberg (3-6--9) tied the game with an unassisted goal at 9:16 of the first.
The Lakers took at 2-1 lead on junior defenseman Kevin Czuczman's (7-8--15) short-handed goal, LSSU's first short-handed goal of the season. Assisting on Czuczman's goal was sophomore forward Bryce Schmitt (2-4--6) and senior netminder Kevin Kapalka (0-1--1), this proved to be Kapalka's first collegiate assist.
Freshman forward Mitchell Nardi (2-0--2) give LSSU a 3-1 lead at 17:31 of the first before Michigan Tech (6-11-6 overall, 4-5-4 WCHA) scored their lone second period goal from Ryan Furne.
The game was all tied up at 7:34 of the third period when MTU's CJ Eick netted a goal from Blake Pietila and Alex Petan.
Sophomore forward Austin McKay (1-0--1) rounded out LSSU's string of firsts on the season with his first collegiate goal at 11:43 of the third. McKay's goal, the game-winning goal, came from sophomore defenseman Zach Loesch (0-3--3) and freshman forward Ian Miller (1-2--3)
Kapalka (7-4-1) made 39 saves in net for LSSU while Pheonix Copley tallied 9 in the first period of play. Jamie Phillips (1-3-1) suffered the loss for the Huskies, making 22 saves in two periods of play. The Lakers and Huskies were both 0-for-1 on the power-play.