Redefining the Classroom

1988 national hockey champs gather for 25th-anniversary weekend

Posted: October 9th, 2013

1988'S MAGICAL SEASON - The 1988 Lakers, led by captains Terry Hossack and Craig Hewson, cruised to a first-place finish in the CCHA to began an impressive NCAA Tournament run that advanced to the Frozen Four in Lake Placid, N.Y., site of the 1980 Winter Olympics. During the championship game against St. Lawrence, Mark Vermette knocked in a game-winning rebound goal at 4:46 of the first overtime. LSSU then brought home its first of three NCAA Division I national hockey championship titles. (LSSU Archives)

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Lake Superior State opens regular-season play against Atlantic Hockey's Robert Morris at 7:37 p.m. Friday and 5:07 p.m. Saturday at the Taffy Abel Arena. The series will also feature a 25th reunion for the 1988 National Champions and Laker Hockey Parents Weekend.

The public is invited to festivities for the 1988 team. A pre-game tailgate at the Alumni House is 5-7 p.m. Friday. It's free for Alumni Association members and $5 for the public. Following Friday's game, the Soo BlueLiners are hosting a social at the Cisler Center, and special guests include Laker Hockey parents and 1988 alumni. A post-game social is scheduled for Saturday at Moloney's Alley.

Former Lakers from the 1987-88 squad who will be in attendance this weekend include Kord Cernich, Karl Johnston, Rene Chapdelaine, Ken Martel, Tim Harris, Terry Hossack, Craig Hewson, Mike DeCarle, Jeff Jablonski, Jeff Napierala, Brett Barnett, Pete Stauber, Dan Keczmer, Anthony Palumbo, Ed Fuss, Dean Dyer, Brandon Reed and Doug Laprade. LSSU coach Jim Roque ‘87 was a volunteer assistant coach for the Lakers that season.

Laker Head Hockey Coach Frank Anazlone with trophy and his captains (from left) Pete Stauber, Anthony Palumbo, and Terry Hossack
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LSSU enjoyed a magical season in 1987-88 after finishing the 1986-87 season with a disappointing loss to Ohio State during the first round of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Playoffs. The Lakers, led by captains Terry Hossack and Craig Hewson, took off to a 9-1-1 start in 1987-88 and cruised to a first-place finish in the CCHA. They lost 5-3 to Bowling Green State during the CCHA Playoff Finals, then began an impressive NCAA Tournament run.

LSSU split with Merrimack during the first round of the national tournament, losing 4-3 and winning 5-1, and advanced to the Frozen Four thanks to its total-goals advantage. While playing beautiful Lake Placid, N.Y., site of the 1980 Winter Olympics, the Mike deCarle and Jim Dowd scored two goals each as the Lakers beat Maine 6-3 in the NCAA semifinals.

During the championship game, St. Lawrence, a school of similar size to LSSU, battled back from a 2-0 first-period deficit, tying the game 2-2 at 7:49 of the second period at 3-3 at 17:24. Mark Vermette knocked in a game-winning rebound goal during a flurry in front of the SLU net at 4:46 of the first overtime. Defenseman Kord Cernich scored two goals and Tim Harris one during regulation.

Goaltender Bruce Hoffort was named the NCAA Tournament Most-Valuable Player after compiling 82 saves during the series, while Cernich and deCarle were named to the all-tournament team. Vermette was named U.S. College Hockey Player of the Year and a Hobey Baker Award finalist, and coach Frank Anzalone received the Spencer Penrose National Coach of the Year Award.

Jim Dowd (left), Ken Martel, and Tim Breslin experience NCAA championship euphoria
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LSSU last played Robert Morris during the 2009-10 season, defeating the Colonials 7-6 and 2-0 in Pittsburgh, Pa. Overall, the Lakers lead the all-time series against Robert Morris, 5-1-0. At the Taffy Abel Arena, LSSU is 3-1-0.

The Lakers lost a home exhibition game, 3-2, to the U.S. National Team Development Program Under-18 squad last Sunday. Senior forward Dan Radke tallied both goals for the Lakers, while senior forward Colin Campbell netted two assists. Senior defenseman Zach Sternberg earned one assist to round out Lakers’ scoring.

The Colonials are coming off a 2-0 exhibition win to Toronto. Zac Lynch tallied one goal and one assist during the win over Toronto. Lynch led the RMU 2012-13 freshmen class in point scoring with 5-9--14. The Colonials return their leading goal scorer, Cody Wydo (21-12--33), who tied for first in overall goals scored in the Atlantic Hockey League last season.

The Lakers can be heard live on 99.5 Yes FM with a pay-per view video webcast on America One.


CONTACTS: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315; Dianna Allen, Sports Information Office, e-mail, 635-2601.