Month: March 2020

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.