SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — Lake Superior State improved to 3-3 against nationally-ranked opponents by beating No. 11 Miami, 3-2, on Saturday at Taffy Abel Arena and handing the RedHawks their first Central Collegiate Hockey Association loss.
LSSU (4-3-3 overall, 3-3-2 CCHA) out-scored Miami 3-1 in the first period and held on for the win. Sophomore forward Dan Eves talled the game-winning goal at 17:23 of the opening period and assisted on Derek R. Smith’s goal three minutes earlier to lead the Lakers.
LSSU captain Steve McJannet gave the Lakers a 1-0 lead at 8:12 of the first period. Miami’s Nathan Davis tied it 1-1 at 12:49.
The Lakers maintained their two-goal lead until a costly turnover in their own zone enabled Miami’s Matt Davis to score at 8:29 of the second period.
Laker goaltender Jeff Jakaitis totaled 23 saves for the win. He stopped seven of eight shots in the second period and turned aside all nine shots he faced in the third. Miami netminder Jeff Zatkoff totaled 17 saves.
Both teams were 0-for-3 on the power play.
CCHA leader Miami fell to 6-2-0 overall and 5-1-0 in the league. The RedHawks will return home to host Notre Dame next weekend. Meanwhile, the Lakers will travel to take on Ohio State.