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.

Breaking Down The Elusive Century Point

Over the course of it’s program, the Lakers have had a number of prolific scorers, but until last season it had been a while since someone hit this elusive mark. Diego Cuglietta pulled it off during the 2018-2019 campaign, and now Max Humitz has hit the 100 point mark of his career. But before last season, Domenic Monardo was the last one to do so, and he graduated in 2013. Five long years we had to wait.

But now with seeing two guys reach this marker, one has to wonder when we might see another. Who is on track to score 100? I decided to take a look at the stats and try to guess who the next wave is.

First, all the stats come from CollegeHockeyInc.com, which is a fantastic resource not only for those looking to get into/play the sport, but it also has a fantastic statistics database that goes back to the 2012-13 season.

Now, the raw breakdown of our current roster:

Player #NameClassPosGPGATPGPGATPGPGATPGPGATPTotal GPTotal GoalsTotal AssistsTotal Points100~Number of Games LeftAvg Pts/Game Needed
2019-20202018-20192017-20182016-2017TOTALS AS OF 1/25/2020Pts Behind
#21Max HumitzSRF3016824361617333613102336137201385842100060
#11Brayden GelsingerSRF111123810132329810183651015114243458-4267
#23Collin SaccomanSRD1763937101525271453631417117203656-4467.3333333333333
#24Hampus ErikssonJRF30514193631114334610000099123143-57441.2954545454545
#22Lukas KaelbleJRD30281037221232616700009353540-60441.3636363636364
#16Ashton CalderSOF306101637517220000000067112738-62800.775
#26Pierre-Luc VeilletteSOF308917322680000000062101525-75800.9375
#15Jacob NordqvistSOD241673831518000000006242125-75800.9375
#3William RiedellJRD302573547113323500009881523-77441.75
#29Louis BoudonFRF29414180000000000002941418-821160.70689655172414
#18Bryan BasilicoSRF280113753830134112131068816-84614
#10Brendan McKaySRF300003631013241121200010241115-85614.166666666667
#14Yuki MiuraJRF30291123202701100006041014-86441.9545454545455
#4Tyler AndersonJRD2912329033351450000932911-89442.0227272727273
#9Alexandro AmbrosioJRF293362210114011000065448-92442.0909090909091
#7Mitchell OliverSOD2907700000000000029077-93801.1625
#17Chase GamelinJRF180003212320033000070156-94442.1363636363636
#8Dustin ManzFRF2914500000000000029145-951160.81896551724138
#20Miroslav MuchaSOF1913480000000000027134-96801.2
#13Ian JohnstonSRF80111000171121100037123-97616.166666666667
#6Alec SemandelSOD11011171120000000028123-97801.2125
Owen GuySOF7011120110000000019022-980N/A
#27Niko Esposito-SelivanovFRF1310100000000000013101-991160.85344827586207
#5Arvid Henrikson (MTL)FRD2601100000000000026011-99442.25
#1Roman BengertJRG30001000000000004000-100442.2727272727273
Robert BluegerFRF30000000000000003000-1000N/A
#30Mareks MitensJRG290001100014000000054000-100442.2727272727273

Here’s everyone’s total games played, goals, assists and total points over the last four seasons, up through 1/25/2020. Number of games left is 8 (the rest of the normal season), plus 36 games each year. Also, the table is sorted by the number of points behind 100.

I’ve gone ahead and made some assumptions: Max will be the only senior to get 100 points. The rest of the class is too far behind. The next closest is Brayden Gelsinger who is still 42 points behind. He would have to average 5.25 points a game for the rest of the season to make it, and with Saccoman either out for the season or just the majority of it, he will end 44 points back.

Next I’ve also assumed that none of the Juniors will get there either. Hampus Eriksson is the top Junior, but only has 43 career points, 57 behind with Lukas Kaelble 60 behind. These guys should be able to get some impressive numbers, but assuming 44 games left in each junior’s career (8 games left this season, plus assuming 36 next year), Eriksson would have to score ~1.3 points/game over that time, with Kaelble needing ~1.36 pts/game. Deep playoff runs would certainly make things a bit interesting, however. That number just gets larger with the rest of the junior class.

However, looking at the sophomore class, things get kind of interesting. Sault native Ashton Calder leads his class with 38 total points in 67 games. With that, he’s 62 points behind, and assuming 80 games left in his collegiate career, he needs .775 pts/game. Considering he’s already at 1.32 pts/game so far, so long as he stays through his senior year, and continue the way he has, he should reach 100 points.

As for the rest of the sophomores, Pierre-Luc Veillette & Jacob Nordqvist are both tied on total points & games left. Each need 75 points to make up the difference, which is .94 pts/game Both of these guys have great hands & should come close, but unless the team really wakes up down the stretch & into next season, I think they may just miss it. The rest of their class is simply too far behind. Mitchell Oliver, for example, would be next up, but he has 7 points total, and would need 1.16 pts/game (though, to be fair, he is a sophomore on the roster, but this is his first year with the team).

Finally we have the freshmen. While you have fantastic team players like Dustin Manz, Arvid Henrikson who have played most of the games this season, they haven’t scored much, and the same goes for Niko Esposito-Selivanov, however he’s only appeared in 13 contests thus far. No, as far as point scorers go we have Louis Boudon, who in 29 games has amassed 18 total points, putting him 82 points back. Again, assuming 116 games remaining, he needs to average .7 pts/game.

TL;DR: The next 100-point scorer should be Ashton Calder followed by Louis Boudon the next season. Sophomores Veillette & Nordqvist should get an impressive number of points, but fall short, failing a deep playoff run.

Series Preview: Alaska Anchorage at Lake Superior State

Alaska Anchourage: 4-14-4

LSSU: 7-19-2

Something Seems Familiar…

Oh, that’s right, these two teams played just a few short weeks ago up at Anchorage, where the teams split the weekend, after the Seawolves shut the Lakers out (which was incredible. I mean, even UAH, the worst team in the rankings put 2 on NoDak, then #1).   But that’s all in the past, right?

After that split, however, the Seawolves were swept by Northern Michigan, then last week swept Alabama-Huntsville (winning Saturday night in 3×3 overtime, so technically a tie).

 The Seawolves are led in scoring by freshman forward Nick Wicks, with 6 goals, 8 assists for 13 points. Following him Is senior defensemen Tmi Hakkavirta, who has 1 goal and 12 assists.

Goaltending looks to have been mostly junior Kris Carlson, who has played in 14 games, with a 2-8-2 record, good for 776 minutes, a 2.55 GAA and a .922 save %. Junior Kristian Stead has appeared in 9 games, and Brandon Perrone has appeared in just one game.

Oh Captain my Captain!

When a team isn’t doing well, it’s easy to focus on the negatives, and in this column I’ve certainly done my fair share of that. However, this week is a little different. This weekend the Laker family welcomes back one of our own & a former Captain: Matt Bruneteau. In the 2012-2013 campaign he started as an assistant captain before being named the Captain in 2013-14.  He finished the 2013-14 year trying out in the ECHL, but wound up playing for Strasbourg in the French league for two seasons. He retired from playing and started as an assistant coach with Stevenson University one year after they started their NCAA D3 mens program. This is the second year with the Seawolves, but the first time returning to Taffy Abel Arena.

So let’s give him a warm welcome home.

After being held to a single goal in their last game, Max Humitz is still sitting at 97 career points. This should be a good team to tally the final three to get to the century mark & looking forward to pass that going into the final month of the regular season, but we will have to see about that.

Puck drops at 7:00pm both Friday and Saturday at Abel Arena. Listen to the game locally by tuning your dial to 99.5, or listen through TuneIn or other streaming methods. If you want to view the game, FloHockey is where you need to go if you cannot make it to the arena.