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Series Preview: GLSW Weekend! #12 Michigan at Lake Superior State

 

(#12) Michigan: 3-2-0

Lake Superior State: 4-0-0

 

From #4 to #12 – Hail to the…Victors?

Michigan started the year off at #4 in the national polls, but slipped after a drumming put on by unranked Vermont, maintained their rank after beating Waterloo, but slipped to #9 before losing 6-3 to a stacked USNTP U-18 Team, then to #11 for their match with WMU. After splitting with #19 Western Michigan, they dropped to #12, even after sweeping St. Lawrence at home.

The Wolverines return only two of their top 5 scorers this season: Defenseman Quinn Hughes and forward Jake Slaker. Their top scorer last season was Cooper Marody, a junior, but he decided to go pro, and is currently with the Edmonton Oilers organization. This will also be a homecoming of sorts for Luke Morgan, who decommitted from the Lakers after an outstanding freshman year. It just so happens that former Michigan Tech head coach, and Damon Whitten’s former boss Mel Pearson was tapped to replace longtime & Hall of Fame head coach Red Berenson.

While this will not be the first time the Wolverines and Lakers have faced each other since the dissolution of the former CCHA, this will mark the first time Michigan has been back to Abel Arena since the 2012-2013 season, where the two teams split the weekend.

Even Keel for the Lakers

There’s been some nervous optimism going through the fanbase here in the Sault going into this weekend, with the Lakers being 4-0 on the year and 6-0 counting the exhibition series.

Of course, we’re hoping that the record goes to 6-0, especially considering that this weekend is Great Lake State Weekend! And we will have two Laker Legends in the house, being inducted into the LSSU Hall of fame: Former goaltender Darrin Madeley (1989-1992) and Mark Astley (1988-1992). Madeley had a fairly long post- college career, filling in for the Ottawa Senators. Astley played primarily in Switzerland, but had a few stints with the Buffalo Sabres. He also has his own banner hung up in Abel Arena, as he played with the Canadian National Team for 54 games, ultimately winning silver in the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics.

This will be the first major test for the Lakers, going against a nationally ranked team.  I don’t know if anyone can say that Michigan has more to lose than the Lakers have more to gain. Either way, it will be fun to see the blue and maize return to the Sault, and the stands ought to be packed.

 

On Friday night, the puck will drop at 7:37pm at Taffy Abel Arena, and 7:07pm Saturday night. If you have not ordered your tickets, I would urge everyone to order ahead of time to 1) guarantee your seat, and 2) avoid the long lines. If you are not able to make it to the game, or you are out of town, you can listen to the Voice of the Lakers Bill Crawford on 99.5 YESfm over the air or online, or watch the game on FloHockey.tv.

Rumor: LSSU to debut new jerseys for GLSW?

Update 10/13 @ 7:31pm: It looks like there will be no new jersey debuted tonight. 

 

A rumor has been making it’s way through the ranks that the Lakers will be debuting a new jersey tonight for GLSW. 

 

This is supported by the fact that last year the same happened. Players hit the ice in throwbacks to the 1970s with their stylized ‘Soo Lakers’ on an offwhite base. These were later used during Pink in the Rink weekend and auctioned off. 

 

If this rumor does prove true, then I would expect the same to happen this year. Although there is no information about what the jerseys will look like, I feel like it will be another throwback. I doubt it will be a set of the goods that were used in the 2010-2011 season as they are recent, though the goods used in the late 90’s could be a possibility.

 

However, this writer would love to see a throwback to the 1980s-1990s uniforms,  when the Lakers won their three championships. 

Possible throwbacks?

I do doubt it will be a pink uniform. But we will have to wait and see until either warmups or when the teams hit the ice before the first. 

 

Game 1 against Michigan Tech starts tonight,  10/13, at 7:37pm