Lake Superior State Lakers have moved into a tie for fifth place in the air-tight, 10-team Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Playing at home in front of more than 2,000 fans on Friday, the Lakers skated to a 1-1 tie with the third-place Michigan Tech Huskies to improve their WCHA record to 4-3-4. The Lakers now have an overall mark of 6-9-4.
The two teams play again tonight in a 7:07 puck drop at Taffy Abel Arena. Bill Crawford will call the play-by-play on radio station 99.5 YES-FM.
All of the scoring in Friday’s well-played tilt came within a minute of the early stages of the first period as freshman defenseman Matt McArdle scored his first collegiate goal for Lake Superior State before Alex Petan replied for Michigan Tech.
Freshman goalie Nick Kossoff made 27 saves for the Lakers, including a number of timely stops in the third period.
The Lakers killed off both Michigan Tech power plays, including one in the overtime to preserve the point. Michigan Tech had entered the game clicking at 25 per cent on the power play.
The Lakers best chance to take the lead after the score was tied 1-1 may have come in the third period when they narrowly missed a wide-open net while short-handed.