Union-Lake Superior State postgame report (Friday edition, with 3 videos)
A look back at Lake Superior State’s 6-5 overtime victory over 16th-ranked Union on Friday.
Defense takes a holiday
Neither team will be proud to watch a tape of this game.
Both defenses played poorly. It was run-and-gun hockey all night.
“I wouldn’t say it was our best performance,” Union coach Rick Bennett said. “It is a team game. I thought our forwards need to do a better job of coming back and helping out our goaltender, plus our ‘D.’”
Bennett had a feeling it was going to be a tough game, just by the way the team practiced this week.
“We rate them, and they were C-plus, B-minus practices,” Bennett said. “We actually worked on the stuff that you saw tonight. That’s what is disheartening here.”
Dutchmen defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere believed it was a lack of defensive discipline.
“The D-corps wasn’t really there [Friday],” Gostisbehere said. “It’s definitely our fault. It’s a two-game series, so we’ll get back at it again [tonight].”
Asked what the Dutchmen need to do to tighten things for the 7 p.m. rematch, Gostisbehere said, “We definitely have to work on our one-on-ones. They were definitely smoking us the whole game. They were burning us like crazy. We need to box out their bigger [players]. We need to pick up sticks.
“We need to wake up here.”
That they do.
The Lakers weren’t much better. But they found a way to erase four Union one-goal leads.
“By no means I thought it would be a 6-5 hockey game, that’s for sure,” Lakers coach Jim Roque said.
Stephen Perfetto was heading to the bench to get off the ice in overtime. The Dutchmen wish he had done so.
Instead, the puck came to Perfetto at the right point, and the center blasted it past goalie Alex Sakellaropoulos 1:16 into the OT to give the Lakers the win.
“I was about to change, and the puck happened to jump out at me,” said Perfetto, who also had three assists. “I saw the whole right side of the net, and I put it on net and it found the back of the net.”
Perfetto also had three assists.
— The last time Union allowed six goals in a game was Oct. 24, 2009, against Sacred Heart at Messa. Ironically, the final score of that game was the same as Friday, and it was in overtime, too.
— The loss snapped Union’s 11-game home unbeaten streak. The last time the Dutchmen lost at home was to Cornell on Jan. 28. Union went 9-0-2 during the streak.
— There were nearly as many goals (11) as penalties (13) in the game.
— Union senior right wing Kevin Sullivan had three assists to give him seven on the season. He had a career-high 10 assists last year.
— Freshman Mike Vecchione scored his first collegiate goal.
— The Dutchmen won 35 faceoffs and lost 37. Daniel Carr took a game-high 35 faceoffs, winning 18 of them. Dan Radke was the Lakers’ top faceoff man, winning 18 of 26.
— The Lakers blocked 16 shots, compared to the Dutchmen’s nine. Defenseman Matt Bruneteau led the Lakers with five blocks. Gostisbehere and forward Cole Ikkala each had two blocks to top Union.
I have three postgame videos.
To see Bennett’s press conference, click here.
To see Gostisbehere’s press conference, click here.
To see the Lake Superior State press conference, click here.
My three stars of the game:
1) Stephen Perfetto, LSSU center — Scored the game-winning OT goal and added three assists.
2) Kevin Sullivan, Union right winger — Collected three assists.
3) Zach Sternberg, LSSU defenseman — Had a goal and two assists.
That is all from Messa Rink. I’ll be back with you Saturday night for Game 2 of the series between the Dutchmen and the Lakers. Thanks to all of you who were following my coverage on Twitter and here on the website.
Good Night! Good Hockey!