SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - Lake Superior State continued its Friday-night woes with a 2-1 loss to Miami during Game 1 of this weekend's Central Collegiate Hockey Association series at Taffy Abel Arena. The Lakers dropped to 3-8-1 this season on Friday nights. LSSU (12-10-3 overall and 7-8-2-2 in the CCHA) fell to fifth place in the CCHA standings.
Miami (12-9-2 overall, 8-7-2-1 CCHA), winner of four straight road games, jumped two points and at least one spot ahead of the Lakers in the league standings. LSSU still leads Miami in the season series, 2-1.
The Lakers, while on a power-play, pulled goalie Kevin Kapalka on a delayed penalty call and scored the first goal of the game with an extra attacker. Sophomore Kellan Lain (5-3--8) tallied Lakers' lone goal of the night at 17:33 of the first period. Lain's goal was assisted by senior defenseman Kyle Haines (3-12--15) and sophomore forward Colin Campbell (4-1--14).
At 1:13 of the second period, Miami tied it 1-1 with a goal from Alden Hirschfeld. The RedHawks' Reilly Smith scored their game-winning goal at 7:11 of the second period.
Kapalka (11-8-3-2) made 32 saves for the Lakers, while Connor Knapp (6-4-0) totaled 25 saves for the RedHawks.
The Lakers were 1-for-3 on the power-play. Miami was held to 1-for-5 on the power-play. LSSU lost junior Nick McParland, who is the team's goal-scoring leader, to a five-minute major and game misconduct penalty at 10:44 of the first period and played without sophomore defenseman Andrew Perrault, who was serving a one-game suspension for a checking from behind incident during the Jan. 7 game at Michigan.
LSSU and Miami will face off Saturday at the Taffy Abel Arena, 7:05 PM.