Lakers Hockey Fall to Wolverines on Saturday

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – The Lake Superior State hockey program (0-3-1) fell to the No. 5 Michigan Wolverines (5-1-0) by a final score of 5-1 on Saturday.

Both defenses started off strong, fending off multiple early chances, but the Wolverines would open the scoring at the 10:08 mark with a goal from Florida Panthers’ draft pick Mackie Samoskevich. Michigan would score again a few minutes later as Adam Fantilli was able to capitalize on a fortunate bounce from a miss by Ethan Edwards, and the score would remain 2-0 going into the first intermission after the Lakers’ penalty kill unit held their ground.

TJ Hughes extended the Wolverines’ lead to 3-0 nearly three minutes into the second period, but the Lakers responded a few minutes later with a power play goal from sophomore forward Timo Bakos (Augsburg, Germany) with assists from Jared Westcott (Imperial, Mo.) and Jared Kucharek (Royal Oak, Mich.). However, the Wolverines would score a power play goal of their own as Hughes netted his second goal of the period at the 8:45 mark, and both teams would go into the second intermission with Michigan leading 4-1. 

The Wolverines would tack on one more goal midway through the third period with a score from Tampa Bay Lightning draft pick Dylan Duke. The Lakers would keep fighting, but it would not be enough as Michigan was able to hold on to win the second game of the series by a final score of 5-1.

Despite the loss, senior goaltender Seth Eisele (Lake Elmo, Minn.) was able to stop 33 shots that he faced in his first start of the season. Meanwhile, Grant Hindman (Oakland, Mich.) was able to take some pressure off of Eisele as he blocked a pair of Wolverine attempts. 

The Lakers return to action on Friday, Oct. 28 when they host Clarkson in Taffy Abel Arena with the first puck drop scheduled for 7:07 p.m.

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