HomeSeries PreviewsWCHA Playoff Semifinal Series Preview: #20 Lake Superior State at #2 Minnesota State
WCHA Playoff Semifinal Series Preview: #20 Lake Superior State at #2 Minnesota State
#20 Lake Superior State: 23-11-2
#2 Minnesota State:
Looking to Gore Lakers
There are a lot of people online talking about how the
Minnesota State-Mankato Mavericks could very well go on to win the whole NCAA
tournament. Being behind only St. Cloud State in the USCHO poll & #3 behind
St. Cloud State and UMass in the Pairwise this is to be expected. After seeing
how they played this year, the point would be hard to argue. Against the
upstart Lake State team, the Purple Bulls are 3-1…but remember, that 1 loss was
at the Verizon Wireless Center.
The junior trio of forwards Marc Michaelis, Parker Tuomie
and Charlie Gerard lead the Mavs in scoring. Michaelis leads the pack with
19-20-39, Turomie with 14-23-37 and Gerard has 10-17-27 total points. Dallas
Gerads has the third most goals with 12, and 21 total points.
Dryden McKay is the outstanding freshman goaltender for
Minnesota State. He has played in 30 of their 38 games and has posted a 21-6-2
record. Outgoing senior Mathias Israelsson has played in 10 games, with an
8-1-0 record. McKay has posted a 1.72 GAA and a .928 Save%.
There doesn’t seem to be many holes in their armor, so the
Lakers will be in for a tough one.
First Playoff Series
Win Propel Lakers
It has been a long time since the Lakers have won a playoff
series, let alone one at home. But with a pair of 3-1 wins against the Bemidji
State Beavers, the Lakers travel once again to Mankato, the site of many losses
for the Lakers. But again, the Lakers beat them in their own arena once this
year, and forced a game three against them in a previous playoff series.
still leads the team with 24 goals, 16t assists for 40 total points on the
season. He remains only a single point off of the century mark, and is one goal
ahead of ASU’s Johnny Walker and NMU’s Troy Loggins for the most goals in NCAA
behind him still are fellow senior Anthony Nellis (15-18-33) and junior Max Humitz
(16-16-32). Humitz is poised to hit the 100 point mark next season, if he
chooses to return. As of right now, going into this series he has 80 points. His
lowest point total was last year with 23 points.
Unless something radical happens, I believe that for the
rest of the WCHA playoffs with feature senior goaltender Nick Kossoff will have
the net. Playing in 25 games, he has posted 17 wins, 6 losses and 2 ties
alongside a 2.45 GAA and a .917 Save%. If the series goes three games, you may
There’s a lot that can happen this weekend. Please refer to
the previous post for some of the highlights of the year if things go south. I’m
certainly hoping this won’t be my final preview.