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College men's hockey: UMD settles for OT tie with Lakers

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. -- The first trip to Lake Superior State in Minnesota Duluth hockey history was as even as a 2-2 overtime game can be. The 2008-09 season-opening college men's nonconference game wasn't pretty Friday night, but it kept the...

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. -- The first trip to Lake Superior State in Minnesota Duluth hockey history was as even as a 2-2 overtime game can be.

The 2008-09 season-opening college men's nonconference game wasn't pretty Friday night, but it kept the attention of 2,153 fans at Taffy Abel Arena.

The Bulldogs trailed 2-0 after one period, rallied to tie, and then missed a golden 5-on-3 power play advantage in the five-minute

sudden-death period. The teams played to the same score a year ago at the DECC in the inaugural Superior Cup.

"That was a pretty average game for us. It was a sloppy game at times. We were hoping for more," said UMD senior center MacGregor Sharp. "We have to relax, get over the first-game jitters and make plays."

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The game matched UMD, picked eighth in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, and Lake Superior State, picked 10th among 12 teams in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. All goals were on power plays.

The Lakers earned a man advantage 81 seconds into the game and took the lead as sophomore defenseman Tyson Hobbins connected from the right edge at 2:07 for his first collegiate goal. Defenseman Simon Gysbers, from the right point, got a low shot by UMD goalie Alex Stalock with 3:50 left in the opening period.

"We dug ourselves a hole and took too many penalties. We have to finish around the net," said UMD coach Scott Sandelin. "We were loose defensively and looked a little hesitant. It looked like a first game."

An eight-hour, 415-mile trip from Duluth to the east end of Michigan's Upper Peninsula didn't start well for the Bulldogs, but got better. Sharp put in his own rebound midway through the second period and, early in the third, defenseman Josh Meyers converted a 5-on-3 shift from the right point to make it 2-2.

Hobbins hit a pipe with 7:57 left in regulation for Lake Superior. In overtime, the Bulldogs had 65 seconds of a two-man advantage and Meyers hit a pipe. UMD led in total shots 31-26.

"That power play in overtime is a must to score on. There's no exception," said Meyers. "If we take anything out of this game, it's that we came back and didn't give them much after the first period."

The CCHA has adopted shootouts this season, so, following overtime, the Lakers gave it a try (even though the game officially is a 2-2 tie). UMD's Justin Fontaine scored for UMD on Lake Superior State goalie Pat Inglis, while all three Lakers were stopped by Stalock.

"Neither team deserved to lose, but neither team deserved to win," said Lake Superior State coach Jim Roque. "It was a hard-fought game, but we took a lot of lazy penalties."

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UMD is at Northern Michigan today in Marquette, Mich. Northern Michigan beat visiting Michigan Tech 5-2 on Friday.

Minnesota Duluth..... ...0-1-1-0 -- 2

Lake Superior State.....2-0-0-0 -- 2

First period -- 1. Lake Superior State, Tyson Hobbins 1 (Will Acton, Rick Schofield), 2:07 (pp); 2. Lake Superior State, Simon Gysbers 1 (Steven Kaunisto, Zac MacVoy), 16:10 (pp). Penalties -- Nick Kemp, UMD (contact to head), 1:21; Dan Barczuk, Lake Superior State (charging), 2:40; Jordan Fulton, UMD (interference), 4;54; Kaunisto, Lake Superior State (holding), 5:01; Cody Danberg, UMD (interference), 15:05.

Second period -- 3. UMD, MacGregor Sharp 1 (Mike Connolly), 9:17 (pp). Penalties -- Brad Cooper, Lake Superior State (tripping), :53; Fulton, UMD (interference), 1:28; Nathan Perkovich, Lake Superior State (hooking), 7:20; Troy Schwab, Lake Superior State (holding), 10:48.

Third period -- 4. UMD, Josh Meyers 1 (Evan Oberg), 2:17 (5x3 pp). Penalties -- Perkovich, Lake Superior State (slashing), 1:08; Hobbins, Lake Superior State (tripping), 2:07; Drew Akins, UMD (tripping), 4:24; Perkovich, Lake Superior State (unsportsmanlike conduct, diving), 4:24; Sharp, UMD (slashing), 7:38; Trent Palm, UMD (interference), 11:35; Perkovich, Lake Superior State (interference), 17:03; Fulton, UMD (interference), 18:14.

Overtime -- No scoring. Penalties -- Barczuk, Lake Superior State (interference), 1:58; Matt Cowie, Lake Superior State (interference), 2:53.

Shootout (UMD wins 1-0) - UMD, Justin Faontaine (goal), Rob Bordson, Andrew Carroll. Lake Superior State, Zac MacVoy, Rick Schofield, Nathan Perkovich.

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Shots on goal -- UMD 9-10-6-6--31, Lake Superior State 6-5-14-1--26. Goalies -- Alex Stalock (0-0-1), UMD (26 shots-24 saves); Pat Inglis (0-0-1), Lake Superior State (31 shots-29 saves). Power plays -- UMD 2-of-10, Lake Superior State 2-of-7. Referees -- Ryan Gordon, Brian Hill. Linesmen -- Tony Molina, Mike Poliski. A -- 2,153.

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