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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.

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.

 

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.

 

Three Lakers garner Player of the Week accolades

Louis Boudon challenges Ferris State goaltender Carter McPhail on a breakaway chance on Saturday night. Boudon was one of three Lakers this week to earn WCHA Player of the Week honours.

The Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) today announced its selections for the weekly Player of the Week honors.  Three Laker players were recognized by the league for their contributions on the ice during this past weekend against Ferris State.

Earning Forward of the Week was sophomore Ashton Calder.  Calder, a native of Sault Ste. Marie, had 2 goals and 3 assists on the weekend.  Both goals came in the third period on Friday night, with one on the power play.  Saturday saw 2 of his 3 assists for the weekend, with both coming on the power play.  The sophomore beat out a host of other players around the league, with Alaska Anchorage freshman Nick Wicks coming the closest to Calder point-wise, with 4 assists.  For Calder, this was the third time he had been named a player of the week.

Collin Saccoman, named Defenceman of the Week, was one of eight players nominated throughout the WCHA.  The Laker co-captain had 3 goals on the weekend, with both Saturday tallies on the power play.  Adding an assist on Friday night brought his weekend point total to 4.  Saccoman, a senior who hails from Stillwater, Minnesota, earned three Defenceman of the Week awards last season, along with two Defenceman of the Month accolades.

Freshman forward Louis Boudon became the first Laker this season to be named Rookie of the Week.  A forward from Grenoble, France, Boudon had an assist on Friday before piecing together a 3 point game Saturday night.  Four other freshmen were nominated for Rookie of the Week, including an opponent from the weekend in defenceman Jake Willets, who had 3 assists for Ferris State.

The only award the Lakers did not claim this week was Goaltender of the Week, which was won by Alaska’s Anton Martinsson.

Breaking News: New College Hockey Western Conference Shakeup Set For 2021-2022 Season

We here at Laker Hockey Blog recieved the following release this afternoon, concerning a realignment:

For IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 28, 2019

Seven prominent NCAA Division I men’s hockey playing institutions have announced the exploration of a new Division I men’s hockey conference that would begin play with the 2021-2022 season. The seven institutions include: Bemidji State University; Bowling Green State University; Ferris State University; Lake Superior State University; Michigan Technological University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; and Northern Michigan University.

The group is comprised of institutions rich in history and tradition with a strong commitment to academic and athletic excellence. They are like-minded in their goals and aspirations for the potential new league with a focus on improving regional alignment and the overall student-athlete experience while building natural rivalries within a more compact geographic footprint.

The potential new conference is also committed to providing the best possible collegiate hockey experience for its student-athletes, fans, and all stakeholders. Finally, the group would plan to establish itself as an elite hockey conference that would have the highest standards for overall competitiveness and rigorous non-conference scheduling, along with a level of institutional investment that demonstrates significant commitment to their hockey programs and facilities, while also establishing relationships with corporate partners and others that create a high degree of visibility and positive media exposure for the league.

As current members of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) men’s league, the schools have independently submitted formal Letters of Notice to the conference office, initiating the withdrawal process in accordance with WCHA Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. The institutions will continue to play in the WCHA during the 2019- 2020 and 2020-2021 seasons.

The seven institutions have engaged Dr. Morris Kurtz, a long-time athletics administrator and noted athletics and hockey consultant, to serve as spokesperson and to assist them as the group sets out to transform the college hockey landscape. During these initial stages of developing the potential new conference there will be no further comment from these institutions, including Presidents, Athletic Directors, and Coaches. Media inquiries should be directed to Dr. Kurtz.

So, what does this mean? This means that Alabama-Huntsville, Alaska and Alaska Anchorage are all without a home as of now. We do not know where they will end up, but for a school set to build a new arena in Huntsville, and two schools already on shaky financial ground, this news certainly does not bode well.

We will certainly report any more news of this as it comes along. But for not, this is still a lot to chew on.

2019-2020 Lake Superior State Hockey Schedule Unveiled

The season just recently wrapped up with the Blueliners awards a few weeks ago, and we’re already gearing up for the next season. Last weekend all of the NCAA coaches met down in Florida for their annual conference, and now we have our opponents for the coming season.

http://lssulakers.com/sports/m-hockey/2019-20/schedule

Starting the season on October 5th at home, we have Merrimack at home, likely a repayment from last year’s games. It’s too early to say much about the Warriors other than they finished at the bottom of Hockey East last season, so they’ll be looking for a quick start to their year.

The following weekend is, of course, Great Lake State Weekend, and once again we are facing a big name opponent that should be drawing a huge crowd to Abel Arena: The Denver Pioneers. Denver is coming off another NCAA appearance and being knocked out by the eventual runners up in the quarter finals, Denver will be a huge test for this Laker team, after losing two of its three top scorers last season, our starting Goaltender and a rugged defenseman – and that’s not even thinking about any potential losses the team has yet to see.

They’ll be looking for some positive results to start the season as they will be on the road for the last two weekends of October to play two former CCHA rivals: Michigan the weekend of the 18th, then Notre Dame and former head coach of the Lakers, Jeff Jackson.

The Lakers and Wolverines have faced each other four times (2 series) in the last three years, and coaching is no secret to either team, as the bench boss of Michigan, Mel Pearson, coached WCHA rivals Michigan Tech before leaving for his former employers. Lake State coach Damon Whitten served under Mel at Tech for a time. There has been some movement within the Michigan lineup, but it should mostly be the same team we saw last season.

Notre Dame is another team that made it into the NCAA tournament this past season, making it to the second round before being knocked out by the runners up UMass. They will be losing two of their top scorers, but their workhorse goalie in Cale Morris will be returning to the team.

The first WCHA conference game is at home against Ferris State to start November. We will also start and end the season series against Bemidji in November, with Michigan Tech (@home) and @Bowling Green in between those series.

December is a short month this time around, looking like there is no holiday tournament this year (at this time). The Lakers face Minnesota State in Mankato, then at home against Bowling Green to round out the calendar year.

January is another interesting month for the team. They will start the year in Alaska against the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves before traveling down the road to Fairbanks the next weekend to face the Nanooks. The weekend of the 24th the team is back in the Soo against…Alaska Anchorage! January is finished up by a one game exhibition against the USNTDP U-18 team in Plymouth.

February will close out the season for the Lakers, both starting and ending the month on the road, first facing Michigan Tech during their Winter Carnival before a two-weekend home stand against Alabama-Huntsville and Northern Michigan. Once again the season is wrapped up against Ferris State.

What’s interesting to note, and we had a feeling going into the season it was going to be like this, but we only have one series against Northern Michigan to decide the Cappo Cup this season, and only one series against both Huntsville and Alaska.

Having back-to-back games against the Alaska teams is huge. The team will likely stay in our 49th state during the week, and that will help save on travel fatigue.

We here at Laker Hockey Blog will talk about each series as they happen, like we have been for the last two years.  Thank You.

Cuglietta signs amateur tryout with Texas Stars

Lake State celebrates a goal by Diego Cuglietta (centre) at the Great Lakes Invitational. Cuglietta signed an amateur tryout with the Texas Stars of the AHL.

The most recent 100 point scorer for Lake Superior State has signed a professional contract.

It was announced today that the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League (AHL) have signed senior Diego Cuglietta to an amateur tryout for the remainder of the 2018-19 season.

A native of Kamloops, British Columbia, Cuglietta recently completed his senior season with the Lakers, where he had 25 goals and 16 assists for 41 points.  His 25 goals are the most for a Laker in a single season since Sean Tallaire had 32 in 1995-96 and his season point total is the best for any Laker since Joe Blaznek had 46 in 1996-97.  In addition, his 100 career points are the most for a Laker since Dominic Monardo ended his collegiate career with 101 in 2012-13.

Beyond the point totals on the ice, the team co-captain was named Most Valuable Player at the Great Lakes Invitational this season and is also a nominee for the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the top player in college hockey.  There have been six finalist from Lake Superior, but no winner as of yet.

The Texas Stars, located near Austin, are the main minor affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars.  Should Cuglietta make it to the NHL with the Stars, he would become the seventh Laker to do so, following Keith Aldridge, Paul Jerrard, Chris Dahlquist, John Flesch, Dan Keczmer and Rob Valicevic.  Jerrard, Dahlquist, Flesch and Keczmer played for the team while in Minnesota, while the rest were on the team while in its current home.

No Series Preview this Week

I just wanted to let all the readers know that there will not be a series preview for Sunday’s matchup against the USNTDP U-18 team. There’s not much to say anyways:

 

All but one player has committed to a D1 school, and they’ve only lost 7 games.

 

It’s been hectic here the last few weeks, so this will be about it for the week. I’ll try to put something out over the next week or so previewing the GLI, which I will actually be attending this year. I’ll probably also do some sort of mid-season update at some point during the break, explaining why some features have seemingly been left by the wayside.

 

But stay strapped in Laker faithful. I have a feeling the wild ride that is this season is only starting.

Nordqvist named Rookie of the Week; Humitz play makes Play of the Week list

A play by junior forward Max Humitz against Michigan this past weekend was named a Play of the Week by U.S. College Hockey Online.com (Mike Barrett/LHB)

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) today released the recipients of its Player of the Week accolades for the weekend of November 2nd and 3rd.  This week, Lake Superior State freshman defenseman Jacob Nordqvist was honored as the Rookie of the Week.

Nordqvist, who hails from Gothenburg, Sweden, had a goal and two assists during the weekend series against Michigan.  His goal on Friday night was the game winner, while his two assists came in Saturday’s loss to the Wolverines.

This is the first time Nordqvist has been honored by the league for his efforts and the second time a Laker has earned Rookie of the Week.  Pete Veillette was so-named for his performance against Merrimack.  Coincedentally, Nordqvist was an honorable mention that week for Defensman of the Week.

In earning the accolade, Nordqvist beat out Northern Michigan forward Garrett Klee, Minnesota State forward Julian Napravnik, forward Owen Sillinger of Bemidji State, Michigan Tech defenseman Colin Swoyer and Ferris State forward Hunter Wendt.

Also receiving nominations from Lake Superior were senior forward Anthony Nellis and senior netminder Nick Kossoff.  Nellis had a five point weekend (one goal and four assists), but was beat out by Minnesota State junior Charlie Gerard.  Likewise, Kossoff (who stopped 28 of 30 shots on Friday night) lost out to Northern Michigan’s Atte Tolvanen.

Humitz play makes USCHO Play of the Week list

In addition, a goal scored by Max Humitz on Friday night was named by U.S. College Hockey Online.com as one of the Plays of the Week.  Humitz’s goal made the score 4-1 Lake Superior en route to a 5-2 win by the home team.

This is the second time this season that a play by Lake Superior has made the weekly list.  Anthony Nellis’ penalty shot against Merrimack was the top play of that week.

New Features around Taffy Abel Arena

It appears that some new banners went up around Abel Arena during the offseason, featuring the 5 championship teams, Hobey Baker finalists and some history on the Victory Bell. To see them in person, you’ll have to venture on up to the arena.