Lake Superior State Downs Minnesota State, 5-1
Sophomore defenseman Owen Headrick and sophomore forward Mitch Hults each post two assists for Lakers

Sophomore defenseman Owen Headrick has two assists for Lakers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 1:57  LSS1-0 EV Josh Nenadal (1)Owen Headrick/7, Luke Morgan/6
1st 3:34  LSS2-0 EV GW Brayden Gelsinger (4)Mitch Hults/8, Owen Headrick/8
2nd 7:23  MNS1-2 SH Marc Michaelis (4)C.J. Franklin/5, Sean Flanagan/3
2nd 12:54  LSS3-1 EV Gage Torrel (5)Mitch Hults/9, Kyle Chatham/4
3rd 6:41  LSS4-1 EV Max Humitz (4)Anthony Nellis/3, J.T. Henke/6
3rd 19:34  LSS5-1 EV EN Diego Cuglietta (5)Gus Correale/2
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Minnesota State  0101
Lake Superior State  2125
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Minnesota State  912425
Lake Superior State  515929
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Minnesota State (6-3-0)  0/5 8/16 1
Lake Superior State (6-1-0)  0/6 7/14 0
Minnesota State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Cole Huggins (L, 6-2-0)32:513 37010
Jason Pawloski23:471 07714
Empty Net3:221     
Lake Superior State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Gordon Defiel (W, 6-0-0)60:001 911424

SAULT STE. MARIE - Lake Superior State rolled to a 5-1 upset win over 10th-ranked Minnesota State Friday night in the first game of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association weekend series.

The Lakers (6-1-0, 4-1-0) earned just their second victory in program history over the Mavericks in 14 tries. The win also moves the Lakers into a tie for second place with the Mavericks in the league's standings, with two games in-hand on MSU.

Junior goaltender Gordon Defiel shined throughout and was named the game's second star after posting 24 saves to keep his perfect 6-0-0 record in-tact to begin the year. Defiel's lone blemish came from Marc Michaelis' shorthanded tally on a breakaway with a delayed penalty against the Lakers coming up.

LSSU scored less than two minutes in with a deflection by sophomore forward Josh Nenadal for his first goal of the season. Nenadal's deflection came by way of sophomore defenseman Owen Headrick's seeing-eye shot from the blue line that clipped Nenadal before changing direction on Mavericks' goaltender Cole Huggins.

1:37 minutes after Nenadal's game-opening tally, freshman Brayden Gelsinger netted his fourth goal of the season on a feed from Mitch Hults and Headrick.

The Lakers led 2-0 after the first period while getting out-shot 9-5. Following Michaelis' goal to cut the Lakers lead in half, Gage Torrel scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season. Torrel dug a puck out of the corner, controlled by Kyle Chatham and flipped the play ahead to Hults at center ice. Hults displayed his patience, bringing the puck in and letting Torrel catch up before springing Torrel for a wide-open shot from the slot.

The barrage from the Lakers continued in the third, as the home side added two more goals, freshman Max Humitz's fourth goal of the season and Diego Cuglietta tied Torrel for the team-lead in goals with an empty net goal with 26 seconds remaining.

Mavericks coach Mike Hastings pulled replacement goaltender Jason Pawloski with 3:43 remaining in the third period and his team down three goals. After a many attempts by the Lakers to score from center ice or further, Cuglietta finally knocked down a puck in the defensive zone and raced down the ice to cement the victory.

Pawloski replaced Huggins late in the second period after Huggins allowed three goals on 13 shots and was credited with the loss. Pawloski made 14 saves and allowed just one goal against.

The Lakers and Mavericks conclude the weekend series at 7:07 p.m. ET on Saturday.