MADISON, Wis. -- The Providence College men's hockey team was defeated
by Lake Superior State, 2-1, Friday night at the 18th Annual Badger
Hockey Showdown at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis.
The Lakers took a 1-0 lead at 5:29 of the first period when Barnabas
Birkeland ripped a slap shot from the top left faceoff circle that beat
PC goalie Tyler Sims (Grand Blanc, Mich.) who was screened in front.
Despite the goal, Sims had a strong first period, stopping several shots
from point blank range. He finished with nine saves in the first 20
Lake Superior increased its lead to 2-0 at 1:26 of the second period.
The Friars were unable to clear the puck out of their own end and the
Lakers took advantage as Trent Campbell slipped the puck to Troy Schwab
who tucked the puck into the net from in close. PC controlled much of
the second period, outshooting the Lakers, 14-12. PC's best chance to
score came with 1:37 left in the second period when senior Dinos
Stamoulis (Carle Place, N.Y.) fired a shot from the slot that Jeff
Jakaitis saved with his right pad.
The Friars cut the lead in half at 15:34 of the third period when John
Cavanagh (Warwick, R.I.) slipped a backhanded pass in front to Matt
Taormina (Washington Township, Mich.) who fired in his second goal of the
season. The Friars kept pressuring the Lakers and pulled Sims for an
extra skater with 1:14 in an effort to tie the game. PC had a golden
chance to score the equalizer with two seconds remaining as Chase Watson
(Media, Pa.) set up Jon Rheault (Deering, N.H.), but Jakaitis slid over
to his right and made the save. Jakaitis finished with 37 saves, while
Sims stopped 28 shots for the Friars, who outshot Lake Superior State, 38-