2020-21 Season Preview

Lake Superior State recaptured the Father Cappo Cup from rivals Northern Michigan last season.

It should go without saying that this will be an odd season, but this will be an odd season.

Lake Superior State is set to begin their 55th season this Saturday and Sunday against Michigan Tech at the Taffy Abel Arena.  For the time being, no fans will be in attendance, in accordance with the recent epidemic order issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.  This is expected to last three weeks but, if this calendar year has been any indication, that could change.

Last season, the Lakers finished 14-23-4 overall, with a 11-14-4 mark in Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) play.  Lake Superior dropped from fourth place to seventh and finished their season with a loss to Bemidji State in the first round of league play.

The team did have moments to celebrate, such as recapturing the Father Cappo Cup and putting together a four game season sweep of Ferris State (their first since 1994-95).  Given the success felt from the previous season, however, the season was disappointing to many.

Outside of Sault Ste. Marie, there was much activity in the college hockey world.  Alabama Huntsville and Alaska Anchorage separately announced their programs would fold following this season.  While the Chargers received an outpouring of support from the hockey community and will play on, the Seawolves have not yet received such a reprieve and have elected not to play this season.  St. Thomas will be joining the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) with the seven schools, Lake Superior included, who will leave the WCHA after this year.

Ashton Calder puts the puck past the Denver netminder during Great Lake State Weekend (GLSW). Calder will be one of those looking to lead the offence.

Offence:

There is no getting around this one — Max Humitz will be missed.

The native of Livonia became the second Laker in two seasons to eclipse 100 points while donning the anchor.  His 22 goals were fourth best in the nation and second in the league (behind Northern Michigan’s Griffin Loughran).  Unlike some players, who spend much time on the bench in their first season and slowly build up to become an elite talent, Humitz was in integral part of the team offence since his first season.

The rest of the departing players did not make much of an impact on the scoresheet, with Brayden Gelsinger the next forward down the list with 8 points.  Four of the Lakers’ returning forwards had at least 20 points last season, led by Ashton Calder (12-16—28) and Louis Boudon (6-21—27).  While they benefited with being on the Humitz line, they showed their prowess as well.

Lake Superior has four seniors up front in Yuki Miura, Alex Ambrosio, Hampus Eriksson and Chase Gamelin.  Eriksson (6-18—24) and Miura (2-12—14) lead the scoring among the senior class.

Six new faces help fill spots up front, including two transfers: Jack Jeffers from Alabama Huntsville (6-6—12 in 2019-2020 season) and Brandon Puricelli from Minnesota Duluth (1-1—2 in 12 games).  Jeffers came to Lake Superior during the week that the Chargers had dissolved.  After an incredible outpouring of support from the hockey community, Alabama Huntsville will play this season, but much damage was done, as the players were free to walk once the program initially called it quits.  Because of the circumstances, Jeffers will not be required to sit out a year, per NCAA guidelines.

Four freshman round out the new forwards, consisting of Spencer DenBeste (15-14—29, NAHL), Joshua Wildauer (22-35—57, BCHL), Tyler Williams (10-21—31, BCHL) and Benito Posa (7-7—14, USHL).  All four are Michigan natives.

Lukas Kälble was named captain for his senior campaign by head coach Damon Whitten.

Defence:

Lake Superior already knows what life will be without Collin Saccoman, as he missed the second half of last season.  Tyler Anderson and Alec Semandel departed along with co-captain Saccoman, known for his shot-blocking prowess.

Two seniors will anchor the blueline, including captain Lukas Kälble and Will Riedell.  Riedell (5-13—18) led the Laker defence in scoring, followed by Jacob Nordqvist (2-11—13).  While not scoring many points, Arvid Henrikson and Mitch Oliver logged significant time on the blueline as well.

Joining them are three freshmen: Jeremy Gervais, Artyom Borshyov and Jacob Bengtsson.  A trend of more players from outside of North America has continued with the defence, as Bengtsson (Sweden) and Borshyov (Belarus) join an increasingly international cast. It should be noted that Borshyov did captain the Belarus U18 World Junior team in 2017-2018.

Despite his vision impaired by teammates at times, Mareks Mitens remained a steady presence between the pipes.

Goaltending:
Mareks Mitens returns for his senior season.  Last year, Mitens won the starting job and started 38 of 39 games, posting a 2.57 goals against average and a .911 save percentage.  Roman Bengert graduated, following limited action.  Seth Eisele, who did not play last year, also returns.

Joining the tandem is Ethan Langenegger.  Langenegger, who hails from Kamloops, B.C., comes to Lake Superior after two seasons with Salmon Arm (BCHL).

Will Riedell holds the puck in the zone in front of the Alaska Anchorage bench. The Seawolves will not compete this season, adding to the uncertainly surrounding the program’s future.

Outlook:
Lake Superior has been projected to finish 6th in what may be the finale of the WCHA.  This is where they were picked to place last season as well.  They certainly can improve on that, but that will take somebody stepping up and filling the void left by Humitz.  If Calder and Boudon remain on a line together, they could draw attention away from the third forward, helping to ease the blow.

The bigger question may be if they will finish at all.

The state of sports has been turned on its head and college hockey is no exception.  Alabama Huntsville and Alaska Anchorage announced that they were folding their programs back in the summer and, while the Chargers have at least a temporary reprieve (raising over $500,000 in a week), the Seawolves have already said they are not playing this season, which seems to signal the end of their program though there is a movement to save it.  Many other schools out east have said the same thing.

Make no mistake: there is a very real chance this season could end like last season, with nobody being crowned champion.  There are mixed emotions all throughout the world on resuming sports.  While we have seen many professional sports resume and conclude their seasons, collegiate athletics is very different, in that its participants cannot live in a bubble like what the NBA and NHL did.  They are student athletes and have classes to attend.

At the end of the day, all we can do is our part and hope that others do theirs.

Alive and Well

Hello Laker Nation! This post is well past due, I think.

First, I hope you and yours are doing well during this pandemic, and the fallout from it.

Second, I’d like to apologize for the lack of posts since March. With the only real news for the Lakers coming in the form of a few commitments, and the ever changing situation for sports this year, there really hasn’t been much to report on.

Combining all that along with the situation the U.S & the rest of the world is in, what with COVID and the upcoming elections, I know I haven’t been worried as much about this space as I should be, especially with the high hopes we had at the start of all this.

But now the NHL is back in action with the playoffs, and school is (for better or worse) back in session, I felt like it was time to give this quick update.

While I hope the season plays out relatively normally, I’m still not holding my breath with it starting at the normal time especially with some of the rumors I’ve heard concerning a few things up at the former Fort Brady, we’ll be here to cover the series as they happen as best we can. Hopefully we can also make a few more changes around here too in the meantime.

So for those of you that have stuck around, thank you. For those this post may bring back, welcome back.

Humitz, Boudon named to WCHA All-League teams

The Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) today announced the members of the All League teams for the truncated 2019-20 season.  Two Lakers were among the 24 honourees: Max Humitz and Louis Boudon.

Humitz, who served as co-captain with Collin Saccoman this season, had a career year, posting 22 goals and 13 assists for 35 points.  He became the second Laker in as many years to eclipse the 100 point mark, doing so with a goal against Alaska Anchorage.  Humitz finishes his career in Sault Ste. Marie with 111 points, the most for any Laker since joining the WCHA.

The native of Livonia was a third team selection last season and a rookie team pick in 2017.

Boudon, who played on a line with Humitz for most of the season, racked up 6 goals and 21 assists for 27 points.  He finished in the top 10 nationally among rookies in scoring.  Boudon, who hails from Grenoble, France, finished 4 points behind Minnesota State’s Lucas Sowder for the league lead and was third on the Lakers in total points, after Humitz and Ashton Calder.

In addition, Boudon was named the February Rookie of the Month and also garnered two Rookie of the Week accolades from the league.

Minnesota State and Bemidji State dominated the teams, with 7 players from the Mavericks and 6 from the Beavers.

Playoff Series Preview: Lake Superior State at #10 Bemidji State

LSSU: 13-21-4

Bemidji: 20-9-5

Beavers Bite Back

Prior to Saturday night, the Beavers had won eight in a row (counting a technical tie, but winning on 3v3 OT), outscoring opponents 31 to 10, including a 5-0 shutout against then #19 Northern Michigan. They’re being led in scoring by senior Adam Brady, who posted 17 goals, 14 assists for 31 points during the regular season. He is followed closely by sophomore forward Owen Sillinger, who tallied a 12-18—30 point season and junior Aaron Miller with 12-16—28.

Sophomore Zach Driscoll owns the net for Bemidji State, having played in all but 4 games this season, and posting 19 wins, 7 losses and 4 ties. He has only a 1.6 GAA and a .937 save %.

This team will be a tough nut to crack for the boys in blue, since during the regular season the Lakers only took one game from the Beavers, a 3v3 OT win at Abel Arena. Otherwise Bemidji outscored the Lakers 18-5.

The Lakers and Playoff Woes

The Lakers have been locked in to the seventh seed for the tail end of the season, but managed to finish the season fairly strong, winning six of their last eight (including a SO win), and had a strong performance against a bad Ferris State team to end the season, outscoring the Bulldogs 9-2 on the weekend.

Even though the Lakers have some big time scorers in Max Humitz (19-13—32), Ashton Calder (12-14—26), Louis Boudon (6-20—26) and Pierre-Luc Veillette (12-12—24), they’ll need to get some help on the backend in order to make this weekend work. Our boys in blue will also need to be solid on the blueline if they really want a shot at an upset.

As always, Mareks Mitens holds the keys for the net, though Roman Bengert did tally a win in the final game of the season against the Bulldogs, so if the series goes to three games, I wouldn’t be too shocked to see him out there in relief.

If history counts for anything, these are going to be some rough games. Save for last season, the Lakers have had a recent history of either blowouts or shutouts. If they lose but keep the score close & low, I’ll see it as a win, personally.

Puck Drops at 8:07 ET in Bemidji, Minnesota. The game can be heard locally at 99.5 YESFM, or through TuneIn. Flohockey will have the video broadcast, and if you are local to the Soo, Buffalo Wild Wings will be having watch parties for the games this weekend.

Boudon, Riedell cop Player of the Month accolades

In its final month of regular season play, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) today presented the honourees of the Player of the Month awards for February.  In a testament to the strong finish to the season, two Lakers are among the recipients: Will Riedell and Louis Boudon.

Riedell, a native of Greensboro, North Carolina, posted the best month, scoring-wise, of his collegiate career.  The junior blueliner had 3 goals and 6 assists for 9 points.  The 9 points were tied with Michigan Tech’s Colin Swoyer for the league lead in points among defencemen.  In addition, Riedell captured his first Player of the Week award in early February, following a series against the Huskies in Houghton.  The junior has 16 points on the season, a career best and most among Laker defenceman.  Riedell finished ahead of Bowling Green senior Alec Rauhauser and Michigan Tech’s Swoyer for the award

A day after receiving his second Rookie of the Week award, Boudon was honoured as Rookie of the Month.  The forward from Grenoble, France, had 8 points this past month (2 goals, 6 assists), including 1 goal and 3 assists this past weekend in Big Rapids against Ferris State.  Coincidentally, Boudon’s earlier Rookie of the Week award came against the Bulldogs following their trip to Sault Ste. Marie.  Boudon’s 26 points (6G, 20A) are 2nd best for Lake Superior, trailing senior Max Humitz.  In claiming the award, he beat out Bemidji State defenceman Elias Rosén, and Zack Rose, goaltender for Bowling Green.

In addition, Lake Superior’s Ashton Calder was nominated for Forward of the Month, but the award was claimed by Alaska’s Steven Jandric.  Minnesota State netminder Dryden McKay took home Goaltender of the Month.

 

Lakers reclaim Cappo Cup in Senior Night split with Wildcats

Max Humitz (centre) carries the Father Cappo Cup after being presented with it. The Lakers claimed the Cup for the first time since 2016 (Mike Barrett/LHB)

The Cappo Cup has returned to the Soo.

The Cup, first presented in the 1991-92 season by the late Monsignor Louis Cappo to the winner of the season series between Lake Superior State and Northern Michigan, was awarded to the Lakers for the first time since 2016.

Following a 6-1 win on Friday, Lake Superior (11-21-4, 9-13-4-4 WCHA) fell 5-1 to the Wildcats (17-13-4, 15-10-1-1 WCHA), splitting the very physical series.  The Lakers received the Cup on virtue of 7 goals to 6.

“I don’t like the result tonight, so it’s bittersweet with the way the game went, especially with last night,” said Lakers head coach Damon Whitten, following Saturday’s game.  “It’s nice, we haven’t had it here in a few years.  It’s back where it belongs and we’re going to do our best to make sure it stays here for a good stretch.”

Friday: Lakers 6, Wildcats 1

On Friday night, Lake Superior got to Wildcat goaltender Nolan Kent early, as two quick goals by Max Humitz and Ashton Calder led Northern Michigan head coach Grant Potulny to replace Kent with John Hawthorne.  Humitz added another goal before the end of the first period, giving the Lakers a 3-0 lead.

Although Northern Michigan gained a 13-8 shot advantage in the middle period, it was the Lakers who added to their goal total, with marks from Brendan McKay and Pete Veillette.  Although Luke Voltin got the ‘Cats on the board in the third, Bryan Basilico’s first goal of the year helped seal the fate for the visitors with a 6-1 final.

“We’re two U.P. schools.  They play hard, we take pride in playing hard and playing the right way,” he said on the physicality.  “I thought [Friday’s]  game was a bit cleaner between the whistles.  [Saturday] I felt it broke down a bit, making it chippier, but a hard played rivalry is what we expect.”

Saturday: Wildcats 5, Lakers 1

Saturday was a busy night at the Taffy Abel Arena.  In addition to the game, the team was celebrating Senior Night with a pregame on ice ceremony for its six seniors, while the festivities for the annual Check Slash Survive (formerly Pink in the Rink) game also took place.  Whitten extended his thanks to all those involved with the various events of the evening.

“This was a senior class that is very well loved,” he said.  “They’ve had great success on the ice, in the classroom and in our community.  They’ve been a huge building block for our program.  It’s a great group and we’re really going to miss them.”

Playing in their final home games were Humitz, Basilico, McKay, Brayden Gelsinger and Ian Johnston.  Also honored before the game was defenseman Collin Saccoman, who sustained a season-ending injury in November.

As for the game, however, a stark reversal of fortune took place, as the Wildcats were the ones who opened up the big lead.

Mitchell Slattery opened the scoring, followed with another goal by Voltin.  In the second period, Lake Superior’s McKay was given a 5 minute major and game misconduct for checking from behind.  On the ensuing power play, Joseph Nardi and Griffin Loughran each connected, making the score 4-0 for Northern Michigan.

Lake Superior had opportunities to bet on the board, with two breakaway opportunities by Humitz and Chase Gamelin, but Kent was much sharper than the previous night, foiling both Lakers in their attempts.

Although Louis Boudon got the Lakers on the board in the third period, it was too little, too late for Lake Superior.  An empty net goal by Nardi wrapped up the scoring and a 5-1 win for Northern Michigan and series split.  The Wildcats snapped a five game losing streak in the process.

With the season series split 1-1, the Cappo Cup was decided by goal differential.  By a one goal margin, the Lakers captured the trophy for the second time in Whitten’s tenure behind the bench.

Lake Superior has one more weekend of play before the WCHA Tournament begins.  The Lakers will travel to Big Rapids for a series against Ferris State.  The two teams last met in early November, with the Lakers earning their first home sweep of the Bulldogs since the 2010-11 season.

“We’ve been really good for a while,” commented Whitten.  “We were a bit off tonight and couldn’t bounce back after a flat start, but we want to keep playing the way we’ve been playing.  We have been getting great goaltending and getting different guys chipping in with secondary scoring.”

Weekend Preview: Northern Michigan University & Check.Slash.Survive

So, as you all know this would normally be the spot where we preview the upcoming series and make a few (sometimes funny) jokes. But the fact of the matter is that, even if we don’t get a single point over the next two weeks, we are in the playoffs. Anchorage needs to sweep the next two weeks in regulation to tie us in points, but we would hold the tiebreaker I believe. But they are facing Bemidji this weekend, and Alaska next weekend.

So…

There is the Cappo cup, but it’s just for this weekend series, and I’m not sure if there are any special rules due to that. And the Lakers will, of course, do their best to earn points as we could leapfrog Bowling Green (five points behind) and possibly catch Michigan Tech (assuming they get swept both weekends), but it’s looking like it’s going to be another trip to Mankato, or possibly Bemidji.

But almost more importantly, this Saturday is both Senior night and Check.Slash.Survive, which used to be called Pink in the Rink. A few years back it was rebranded so as not to focus just on breast cancer, which is generally represented by the pink ribbon.

This year’s C.S.S is focusing on Lung, Prostate and Colon cancers. The Check.Slash.Survive organization will be selling shirts, hoodies and other sort of apparel and swag, and a jersey auction will be done during the game Saturday night. The funds raised will go towards various local charities and organizations.

Six seniors will also be honored during pre-game Saturday. Brayden Gelsinger, Ian Johnston, Bryan Basilico, Max Humitz, Colin Saccoman and Brendan McKay will all be honored. Sadly, this will also mean for the first time since the 2012-2013 season, next year will be the first year without a McKay brother. The end of an era for sure.

So come on out, 7pm puck drop both nights. Saturday pre-game will be the senior night festivities. Otherwise, 99.5 YESFm locally or on Tunein will have the call, or Flohockey.tv will have the broadcast.

Riedell, Calder earn weekly league accolades

Will Riedell and Ashton Calder (not pictured) were both named WCHA Players of the Week at their respective positions (LHB File Photo)

The Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) announced today the recipients of its Player of the Week awards for the past weekend.  Lake Superior State, on the strength of its weekend split with Michigan Tech, captured two of the four awards, with one player earning his first ever.

Will Riedell and Ashton Calder, who each had four points in Houghton, were named Defenceman of the Week and Forward of the Week, respectively.

Riedell, a blue liner from Greensboro, North Carolina, racked up three assists in the Lakers’ 7-3 win over Michigan Tech on Friday night.  He assisted on two goals by Calder (the first being a shorthanded goal, the second being the game winner), plus one that belonged to team captain Max Humitz.  Saturday night saw him pick up another assist, again helping Calder find the back of the net.  With the weekend totals, the junior has equaled his point total of 11 from last season — his best mark in a Laker uniform so far.

In claiming the award, Riedell beat out Tim Theocharidis of Bowling Green and Edwin Hookenson of Minnesota State.

Earning his second weekly award of the season, and the fourth of his career, Calder had three goals and an assist.  His first tally proved to be the last seen by Matt Jurusik that evening, as the netminder was swapped for Blake Pietella after allowing the shorthanded goal.  The sophomore from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, connected in the second period against Pietella, and earned his third goal of the weekend on Saturday, beating Robbie Beydoun, thus scoring three goals against three different goaltenders.  In addition, Calder helped set up Pete Veillette’s game tying goal late in regulation during the Saturday overtime loss.

Calder beat out Max Newton of Alaska, Connor Ford of Bowling Green, Jared Spooner of the Mavericks and Brian Halonen of Michigan Tech.

The other two awards were claimed by Minnesota State goaltender Dryden McKay (Goaltender of the Week) and Alaska defenceman Markuss Komuls (Rookie of the Week). No other Lakers were nominated.

 

Lakers spoil Winter Carnival for host Huskies, earn series split

Lake Superior State collected its first Friday road win of the season with a solid effort in a 7-3 over Michigan Tech, before falling in overtime to the Huskies 4-3 for a series split.

Michigan Tech (16-14-3, 11-11-2 WCHA) lost its second straight Winter Carnival series, having fallen to Minnesota State last season. The Lakers prevailed in the two game, total goals series 10-7, capturing the MacInnes Trophy.

Friday: Lakers 7, Huskies 3

On Friday night, Lake Superior (9-20-3, 7-12-3-3 WCHA) bounced back from a 1-0 deficit on an Alec Broetzman tally in the first period by scoring three goals, from Brendan McKay, Ashton Calder and Max Humitz, 6:36 apart from each other, giving the Lakers a 3-1 lead entering the second period.

The Huskies got the first goal of the second and third periods as well, but Damon Whitten’s bunch doubled the Michigan Tech response both periods, as Colin Swoyer’s goal was answered by Calder and Miroslav Mucha, while Logan Pietella’s thrd period mark garnered responses by Chase Gamelin and Arvid Henrikson.  Gamelin, McKay and Henrikson each had their first goal of the season.

Mareks Mitens was busy all night, as the Huskies racked up 42 shots on net, with the Hobey Baker nominee stopping 39.  Matt Jurusik took the loss for Michigan Tech by allowing 2 goals on 9 shots, before being relieved by Blake Pietella, who was scorched for 5 tallies on 21 shots.

With the Friday night win, the Lakers won their first game in Houghton since the 2013-14 season.  The Lakers defeated the Huskies 5-3 on November 15th, and had gone 0-8-1 at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena since that time.

Saturday: Huskies 4, Lakers 3 (OT)

Saturday night had a much different feel to it.  The Lakers, despite leading the shot count the entire way, never led at any point in the game.  Despite this, Lake Superior never let the Huskies pull away, as the hosts never had more than a one goal lead.

After less than stellar performances from his goaltenders the previous night, Huskies head coach Joe Shawhan went with Robbie Beydoun in net, while Mitens returned for Lake Superior.

Brian Halonen opened the scoring for Michigan Tech just 45 seconds into the game.  The Lakers responded early in the second period, when Calder potted his third goal of the weekend.

The Huskies got another goal from Halonen later in the period, but the game was tied back up a mere 15 seconds later by McKay, who picked up his second goal of the series.  Likewise, Broetzman scored his second on the weekend 1:09 later, giving Michigan Tech a 3-2 lead after two periods.

Going for broke, Lake Superior yanked Mitens for an extra skater.  With the clock winding down, Pete Veillette connected or his 9th goal of the season, sending the game to overtime in the process.

Looking for a series sweep, the Lakers’ hopes were dashed when Alex Smith found the back of the net with only 30 seconds remaining in overtime, giving the Huskies a 4-3 win.

In net, Mitens made 22 saves on 26 shots, while Beydoun stopped 39 of 42 faced.

Leading the Lakers on the weekend were Calder (3-1—4, +2) and defenceman Will Reidell (0-4—4, +2).  Despite this, it was Michigan Tech’s Halonen (2-2—4, E) who was named the Winter Carnival MVP.

Series Preview: Lake Superior State University at Michigan Tech – Winter Carnival Edition

Lake State: 8-19-3

Michigan Tech: 15-13-3

Huskies Get Bit

I wouldn’t want to be the Lakers this weekend as they travel over to Houghton to face the Michigan Tech Huskies. The Huskies are sure to be wound up this weekend, not only because of it being the 98th Winter Carnival, but also because they were trounced by the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers last Saturday night, splitting the weekend.

Tech is led in scoring by a trio of sophomores: Alec Broetzman (12-7–19), Trenton Bliss (9-10—19) and Eric Gotz (4-13—17). Brian Halonen (10-6—16) is also worth mentioning, being second in overall goals for the team.

Senior Matt Jurusik leads the trio of goalies,  having played in 27 of their 31 games. He has a 2.04GAA and a .921 Save %. Junior Robbie Beydoun and Blake Pietila have also played a handful of games, with Beydoun having the better record & stats compared to the freshman goalie.

Tech looks to be set up to be a pretty consistent team over the next few years, with a large stable of freshmen and sophomores, with their sophomores leading in scoring.

Lakers Lean into the Home Stretch

The last few weeks have been interesting. They ‘swept’ the Seawolves at home, winning on Friday and winning in 3×3 OT, but we all know It counts a tie, then losing in OT to the US Under-18 team. We also saw our second 100 point player in as many years and a come from behind win.

Co-captain Max Humitz leads in overall scoring & goals for the Lakers – doubling up on the second overall goal-scorer, Pierre-Luc Veillette, with 16 goals, 7 assists for 24 points. Junior center Hampus Eriksson (5-14–19) and freshman Louis Boudon (4-14—18) round out the top 3 in points.

Goaltending has been the Mareks Mitens show despite having a 2.77 GAA and a .901 save %. Unless something strange happens in the offseason that would see Mitens leave, we will have another year to find a proper replacement starting goaltender, especially seeing as Roman Bengert is also a junior. The Lakers do have former Brahma Seth Eisele who, in 33 games for the Brahmas last season, posted a 2.28 GAA and a .926 Save5 in the regular season, and a 1.73 GAA and .943 in 5 playoff games.

This weekend’s games can be heard or seen in the normal spots: At Michigan Tech, on local radio 99.5 YesFM or on Tunein. Flohockey.tv will have the video feed from Houghton. Puck drops Friday night at 7:07pm, then a quick turnaround for 5:07pm Saturday night.