Lake Superior State Lakers flashed a new-look offense en route to a 6-1, opening-night win over the Michigan State Spartans before a Friday crowd of close to 2,800 at Taffy Abel Arena.
After scoring the fewest goals among any team in the 10-member Western Collegiate Hockey Association in 2015-2016, the offensive splurge served as a nice welcome sign to the 2016-2017 campaign for Lake State.
The six goals were the most the Lakers have scored in a single game since October of 2013.
In Friday’s 6-1 non-conference romp over Michigan State, sophomore defenseman Owen Headrick sparked the Lakers with a goal and two assists. The Garden River First Nation product is a graduate of the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.
Another defenseman, freshman Kris Bindulis — formerly of the Soo Eagles juniors — had a goal and an assist for Lake State.
The two teams meet again tonight as Great Lake State Weekend continues at the Michigan Soo school. Start time is 6:07 p.m. and 99.5 Yes-FM will have the radio broadcast with Bill Crawford calling the action.
During the first intermission of tonight’s game, Lake State will recognize its 2016 Hall of Fame inductees including athletic director Kristin Dunbar and 1988 national championship goalie Bruce Hoffort.
PHOTO: Lake State sophomore defenseman Owen Headrick. (Photo by Ali Pearson.)