HUNTSVILLE, Ala.- Lake Superior State skated to a 1-0 victory over host Alabama-Huntsville on Friday night. The victory marked the Lakers' second straight victory on the season, improving their record to 2-9 overall and 2-5 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play.
The Lakers were propelled by freshman goaltender Gordon Defiel, making his ninth career start and slamming the door on all 26 shots faced to register his first collegiate shutout. Defiel, the only Laker goaltender to register a win this season, moved to a 2-7 overall record. He now boasts a 3.02 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage.
Defiel secured the Lakers' first shutout since Kevin Kapalka blanked Bowling Green State on March 8, 2013.
Junior forward Bryce Schmitt (4-2--6) scored the game's lone goal on a power play with 7:28 remaining in the second period. Freshmen blue line partners James Roll (0-3--3) and Jason Bird (1-1--2) combined on the assists for the game winning tally. The goal also marks the second consecutive game-winning goal for Schmitt, who also scored the overtime goal at Anchorage on Nov. 1.
Coincidentally, Schmitt also tallied one of the Lakers' two goals during their last shutout victory in 2012-13.
In net for the Chargers was Carmine Guerriero who has had an exceptional beginning to the season, posting a 2.31 goals against average with a .940 save percentage. Gurriero was up for the task against the Lakers, turning away 33 shots while allowing the single goal.
The Lakers seek their first sweep on the season and first since Feb. 21-22, 2014, at UAH. Saturday's game is once again scheduled for 8:07 pm ET and can be viewed on wcha.tv and 99.5 YES FM will also be broadcasting the game on the radio.
Final LSSU 1 - UAH 0