Four Goal First Period Sends Michigan Tech Past Lake Superior State, 6-2
Senior forward Alex Petan scores two goals and assist for Huskies

Senior forward Alex Petan scored two goals and an assist for the Huskies
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 1:12  MTU1-0 EV Joel L'Esperance (7)Tyler Heinonen/6, C.J. Eick/8
1st 4:33  MTU2-0 PP Alex Petan (9)Shane Hanna/6, Malcolm Gould/7
1st 6:41  MTU3-0 PP GW Alex Petan (10)Shane Hanna/7
1st 7:01  MTU4-0 EV Jake Lucchini (2)Jimmy Davis/3, Alex Gillies/4
2nd 2:09  LSS1-4 EV Austin McKay (1)Bryce Schmitt/2, Peter Spratte/2
2nd 4:15  MTU5-1 EV Mark Auk (2)Alex Petan/9, Mike Neville/5
2nd 10:17  LSS2-5 EV Gus Correale (4)James Roll/5, Josh Nenadal/1
2nd 15:32  MTU6-2 EV Joel L'Esperance (8)Tyler Heinonen/7, C.J. Eick/9
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Michigan Tech  4206
Lake Superior State  0202
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Michigan Tech  107320
Lake Superior State  9121637
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Michigan Tech (10-6-2)  2/3 6/12 0
Lake Superior State (6-10-4)  0/5 4/8 0
Michigan Tech Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Jamie Phillips (W, 10-5-2)59:512 9101635
Empty Net0:090     
Lake Superior State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Gordon Defiel (L, 4-7-3)6:413 4004
Nick Kossoff53:133 25310
Empty Net0:060     

Sault Ste. Marie, MI - Lake Superior State capped the weekend Western Collegiate Hockey Association series against Upper Peninsula rival Michigan Tech Saturday night with a 6-2 loss.

The Huskies (10-6-2, 9-6-1 WCHA) jumped out to an early 4-0 lead with a barrage of early scoring led by a pair of power-play goals by Alex Petan and even-strength tallies by both Joel L'Esperance, who opened the scoring 1:12 into the game, and Jake Luchinni.

Petan's back-to-back power-play markers put the Huskies up 3-0, 6:41 into the opening frame, and effectively ended Gordon Defiel's (4-7-3) night in net. Petan

Defiel was tagged for three goals, including the game-winner by Petan, in under seven minutes of action and registered just four saves.

The Lakers (6-10-4, 4-4-4 WCHA) replaced Defiel with Nick Kossoff, who made 27 saves in the 1-1 tie on Friday night. Kossoff allowed three goals as well and made 10 saves in just over 53 minutes of action.

Austin McKay (1-1--2) opened the scoring for the Lakers 2:09 into the middle period by jamming away at a goal-mouth scramble in front of Huskies starter Jamie Phillips (10-5-2). The goal by McKay, his first of the season, was assisted by Bryce Schmitt (1-2--3) and Peter Spratte (1-2--3).

McKay's goal was met by jubilation from the 2,152 fans in attendace and a shower of teddy bears as part of the annual LSSU Teddy Bear Toss, supporting local charity organizations.

Just over two minutes later, however, Mark Auk put the Huskies up 5-1 with a goal assisted by Alex Petan and Michael Neville.

The assist by Petan was his third point of the night and fourth on the weekend after scoring in the series opener.

Gus Correale (4-5--9) added his fourth goal of the season to cut the lead to 5-2, but that was all the scoring the Lakers could muster. James Roll (1-5--6) and Josh Nenadal (3-1--4) sprung Correale for the goal.

Joel L'Esperance netted his second goal of the evening and eight on the season to put the Huskies up 6-2 with 4:28 left in the second period.

The Lakers outshot the Huskies 37-20 but Phillips was sharp in net and made 35 saves to secure the victory.

LSSU will wrap the season's first half at the Catamount Cup in Burlington Vermont with a pair of nonconference games. The Lakers will play Vermont in the opening game of the holiday tournament on Dec. 28 before facing Brown on the Dec. 29.