Month: September 2019

Lakers ranked 6th in preseason polls

The Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) today released the 2019-20 preseason media and coaches polls.  Lake Superior State was ranked 6th in both polls.

Under head coach Damon Whitten, the Lakers finished 4th overall last season after being picked to finish 7th in the Coaches Poll and 8th in the Media Poll.

Minnesota State was a unanimous selection to win the league in the Media Poll, amassing 100 points, followed by Bowling Green State with 89.  The Lakers, with 57 points, are sandwiched between Bemidji State (62 points) and Ferris State (37).

Marc Michaelis of the Mavericks was voted the Preseason Player of the Year in the Media Poll, while Nathan Smith, also of Minnesota State, was named Preseason Rookie of the Year.  Lake Superior’s Dustin Manz and Louis Boudon each received a vote for Rookie of the Year. 

While no Lakers were voted to the Media All-WCHA Team, Max Humitz and Collin Saccoman each received votes for forward and defenceman, respectively.

The Coaches Poll also had the Mavericks in first place with 90 points, the maximum a team may obtain in the poll (coaches may not vote for their own teams).  The Lakers, with 58 points, are between 5th place Michigan Tech (59 points) and Alaska (39).

As in the Media Poll, Michaelis and Smith were voted Preseason Player and Rookie of the Year, respectively.  Again, no Lakers were included on the Preseason All-WCHA Team, but Humitz and Saccoman did each receive a vote.

This year, the media poll was restricted to just 10 entities, with one from each locale, down from the 13 who participated last season.

2019-20 Mankato Free Press WCHA Preseason Coaches’ Poll
Rank      Team (1st Place Votes)   Points

  1.           Minnesota State (9)              90
  2.           Bowling Green (1)                   82
3.           Bemidji State                           63
4.           Northern Michigan                 61
5.           Michigan Tech                        59
  6.           Lake Superior State              58
7.           Alaska                                        39
  8.           Ferris State                              38
  9.           Alabama Huntsville               30
10.           Alaska Anchorage                 20

Coaches could not vote for their own teams. Based on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2 scale.

2019-20 WCHA Preseason Media Poll
Rank      Team (1st Place Votes)  Points

   1.           Minnesota State (10)           100
  2.           Bowling Green                        89
  3.           Northern Michigan                72
  4.           Michigan Tech                        68
  5.           Bemidji State                          62
  6.           Lake Superior State              57
  7.           Ferris State                              37
  8.           Alaska                                        27
  9.           Alabama Huntsville               26
10.           Alaska Anchorage                 12

Predicted order of finish. Based on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scale.

The complete poll may be found at the WCHA’s website: http://www.wcha.com/men/articles/2019/09/minnesota-state-tops-the-2019-20-wcha-preseason-polls.php

2018-2019 Site Updates, and state of the Site.

Well, Laker Faithful, it’s been just over two years since we started this humble site. This summer has been a bit slow on the posting front, but there’s been a lot going on. With fall just around the corner, and that also means Laker hockey, expect more content in the weeks and months to come.

Some quick updates: The roster has been updated, as has the schedule for the year.

So, onto the stats. For any that I am not able to drill directly into, filtered by the year, I will be using a rough number based on the data from last year’s post. Some numbers may be off, as some posts were in 2018, and some into 2019.

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Total Posts & Words:

2017 & 2018 produced a total of 94. With 142 total published pages, 2019 had 48 total posts.

Articles written in 2017 had a total of 23,793 total words with 506 average words per article.

Posts made in 2019 alone had a total of 10,420 words, with 521 average words per article.

Unique Visitors and Views:

Since last year’s post, we have had 2,118 unique clicks on the site, totaling 3,566 views.

Best Single Day:

7/29/2019 was the best day for Laker Hockey Blog, where we had 197 visitors, the most so far. This was likely due to the post I made concerning drinking and driving. The article was admit-tingly self-serving, but I do hope it effected someone in the right way.

Top 3 Posts:

Home Page

PSA: Don’t Drink and Drive, and Birthday Wishes

Series Preview: Barrett Wedding

Top Referrals:

Search Engines (944)

Facebook (885)

Twitter (152)

Known Search Terms:

(Now this one is kind of fun. It seems to be a list of some of the known terms that were used on search engines in order to get to the blog.

“matt bruneatu” (3)

what end do the lssu laker’s shoot on in the 1st and 3rd periods of home games (1)

superior state 2019-2020 hockey exhibition games (1)

Countries Reached (more than 10 viewers)

USA

Canada

Japan

Latvia

Slovakia

Sweden

UK

Germany

Ireland

Hong Kong


So, some areas aren’t as indepth as last years, but that’s just because it’s either tedious, or not really needed.

I am proud of the fact that we continue to attract more readers from outside of North America. Yes, the United States and Canada are our primary visitors, but we had a large uptick in Latvian, Swedish and Slovakian readers. Japan remained steady, as one would expect, and for some reason we had a handful of readers near the start of the season from Hong Kong. This will continue to be a priority going forward. If anyone has any suggestions on how to do this, please reach out to us, either on social media or email.

I’m sure this sounds like a broken record, but I personally hope that we will be able to flesh this site out more into what I dream it will someday be: A place that Laker fans can go to to find out dang near anything they’d want to know about the team and it’s history, but that will be tough work.

The season is only a few short weeks away. Personally, I will be missing the first weekend series against Merrimack, but I’ll be in my Blue & Gold when the Lakers take on Denver during Great Lake State Weekend.

Have a safe end of your summer, and start of fall. We will see you in Abel Arena soon enough. Go Lakers!