Big Weekend Series For MSU Hockey

MSU needs one victory to lock up second place in the CCHA, and it won't be easy as Lake Superior State will be ready as the Spartans hit the road.

OKEMOS,MI-The Spartans will be looking to get one more victory that will ensure they they maintain their second place position in the CCHA.

If that happens, Michigan would then need two victories this weekend to tie for second in CCHA league action.

MSU enters this weekend series with a 19-10-7 overall record, and is 13-7-6 in league play. Lake Superior State is 15-11-6 overall, and 11-11-4 in league play.

Lake Superior State in under the direction of first year head coach Jim Roque. Junior Trent Campbell is their leading scorer with 11 goals and 10 assists. Troy Schwab had 8 goals and 13 assists. Nathan Ward also had 13 assists.

LSSU is a defensive team that relys on good goaltending. Goalie Jeff Jakaitis is second in the league with only 2.34 goals allowed per game. He is also second in the league in 767 saves, has three shutouts, and is 3rd in the league in save percentage.

Another strength for LSSU is that they don't take a lot of penalties, being in first in the league in that category with just over 15 minutes per game.

One statistic that stand out is that Lake Superior State has seven short-handed goals, led by Colin Nicholson and Kory Scoran with two each.

As far as goal scoring themselves, LSSU is ninth in the league with 2.72 goals per game.

Regarding MSU, Tyler Howells is now tied for third in the league in the plus/minus category with a plus 18 for his hard work. Howells was named CCHA "Defesnive Player Of The Week" for his strong play in two victories over the Miami Redhawks.

Look for a couple of low scoring games this weekend in tis series. Good goaltending should be the theme. MSU will have to be careful in that they don't get burned on their power play opportunities while LSSU is short-handed.

In other Spartan hockey news, Drew Miller was named as a finalist for the Hockey Humanitarian Award. Miller created the 'Spartan Buddies Program', designed to put student-athletes in contact with patients at Sparrow Hospital. Miller is also involved in other charitable activities.

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