Series Preview: #2 Denver @ Lake Superior State – GLSW Edition
#2 Denver: 2-0-0
Pi(oneering)ning For The Frozen Four
The Denver Pioneers are coming off their 12th
straight NCAA tournament appearance and another Frozen Four appearance. They’re
also only two years removed from a national championship. Denver is lead by second-year head coach
David Carle, with assistants Tavis MacMillian, Dallas Ferusona nd Corey Wogtech.
Carle, who took over for Jim Montgomery, now with the Dallas Stars, posted a
24-12-5 record in his first season behind the bench.
On the ice, they are captained by senior defenseman Ian
Mitchell, and assisted by fellow defenseman Michael Davies and forward Tyson
McLellan, both of which are seniors. With two games under his belt, and both
wins, it looks like Swedish goaltender Magnus Chrona will be their starter…and
at 6’6, he takes up a lot of net.
Great Lake State Wins
Much like their opponents, the Lakers are coming off of a weekend sweep. Tripling up on Merrimack Saturday night, they won by a single goal Sunday. This weekend marks the 24th Great Lake State Weekend, which serves as Lake Superior State’s homecoming. There will be events going on all around campus both Friday and Saturday, but we will be focusing on the two games.
The last time these two teams met was two years ago in
Denver, where the Lakers nearly spoiled the Pioneers’ championship banner raising,
losing in OT, then being crushed 5-1 Saturday. They were also ranked #1.
That Laker team was much different than the current one,
both in players and mindset. After the incredible season last year, the team
finally has a winning attitude, and hopefully co-captains Max Humitz and Collin
Saccoman, with help from their alternates Brendan McKay and Lukas Kaelble can
take the momentum the team had last season and come out of the gate swinging.
If you are planning on attending the games this
weekend, we urge you to go online & reserve your seat ASAP if you have not
done so. GLSW weekend is generally the biggest weekend of the season in terms
of ticket sales. Friday night’s game starts at 7:30pm, with Saturday’s starting
at 7:00pm. The games will be broadcast locally by YesFM, with the Voice of the
Lakers Bill Crawford doing as he has done for so long, calling the
play-by-play. If you are not able to attend or listen, consider watching the
game through FloHockey.