|1st||2:42||LSS||1-0||EV||Daniel Vernace (1)||Matt Johnson/1|
|1st||7:02||MTU||1-1||PP||Reid Sturos (1)||David Johnstone/1, Alex Petan/1|
|1st||12:22||LSS||2-1||EV||Garret Clemment (1)||-|
|1st||18:41||MTU||2-2||EV||Alex Petan (1)||Alex Gillies/1, Tanner Kero/1|
|3rd||7:28||MTU||3-2||EV||Malcolm Gould (1)||Alex Gillies/2, Tanner Kero/2|
|3rd||9:56||LSS||3-3||EV||Jason Bird (1)||Alex Globke/1, Bryce Schmitt/1|
|3rd||10:22||MTU||4-3||EV GW||Tanner Kero (1)||Alex Petan/2, Tyler Heinonen/1|
|3rd||19:28||MTU||5-3||EV EN||Blake Pietila (1)||Reid Sturos/1, Riley Sweeney/1|
|Lake Superior State||2||0||1||3|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Lake Superior State||5||7||6||18|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Michigan Tech (1-0-0)||1/3||7/14||0|
|Lake Superior State (0-1-0)||0/7||3/6||0|
|Michigan Tech Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Jamie Phillips (W, 1-0-0)||59:42||3||3||7||5||15|
|Lake Superior State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Gordon Defiel (L, 0-1-0)||58:56||4||11||11||9||31|
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich.- Lake Superior State men's hockey began their new era under head coach Damon Whitten fell short in the season opener against Michigan Tech, falling to the Huskies by a score of 5-3.
The Lakers showed heart and grit against a much more experienced Michigan Tech squad that was predicited to finish third in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings at the end of the season.
Daniel Vernace started the scoring for the Lakers with an even strength goal, only 2:52 into the game. After the Huskies tied the game from a power play goal by Reid Sturos, Garret Clemment added an unassisted goal that snuck between Jaimie Phillips and the right-side pipe. The game would remain tied at two after the first period and through the second period.
Malcolm Gould opened the scoring for Michigan Tech in the third period at the 13:32 mark, which gave them their first lead of the game. Freshman Jason Bird notched his first goal as a Laker at the 10:04 mark, merely seconds after a Laker power play had concluded.
Gordie Defiel got the start in net for the Lakers, racking up 31 saves in his first career start as a Laker.
The Huskies were too tough however, scoring two goals including an empty netter to finish off the Lakers. The Lakers return tomorrow night against the Huskies. The puck will drop at 5:07 pm.