SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — Down 2-1 early in the second period, Lake Superior reeled off three unanswered goals to claim a 4-2 victory over visiting Bowling Green Friday night.
LSSU took the early lead when Trent Campbell scored his third goal of the season at 6:27 of the first period. Bryan Dobek evened things up for Bowling Green at 14:22 of the first — his first career goal, with assists from Mike Falk and Mark Wires.
Dobek scored a second team at 1:17 of the second period, staking the Falcons to a 2-1 lead.
But the Lakers’ Tim Krueckl answered at 14:08 of the second period to tie the game, and Nathan Ward gave the Lakers the lead for good at 18:05.
The Lakers’ Bo Cheesman scored and empty-net goal with 30 seconds remaining for the 4-2 verdict.
“Lake Superior did a good job defensively and we weren’t quick enough offensively to get to the loose pucks,” said BGSU coach Scott Paluch. “Consequently, we didn’t get many shots off.”
LSSU held an 18-4 shot advantage in the first period, though the Falcons escaped with a 1-1 tie after the first 20 minutes. The Lakers finished with a 35-18 shot advantage for the game, the lowest shot total by BGSU this season.
BGSU’s Jordan Sigalet made 31 saves and allowed three goals, including 17 saves in the first period. LSSU’s Matt Violin had 16 saves for the win.
Both teams were held scoreless on the power play with BGSU finishing 0-for-3 and LSSU 0-for-4. The four penalty kills moves the Falcons’ streak to 33-straight opponent power plays without allowing a goal.
Wires’ assist on Dobek’s first goal of the night moved his point streak to a career-high six games. The loss also snapped a four-game unbeaten streak by the Falcons, which was its longest since March of 2001.
The Falcons fall to 3-5-2 overall and 2-4-1 in the CCHA, while Lake Superior gets its second consecutive league win and improves to 4-3-2, 2-3-0.
The two teams meet up again on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. in Sault Ste. Marie.