Series Preview: Ferris State at Lake Superior State
Lake Superior State:
First, I would like to apologize for the lack of previews
over the last couple of weeks. For the Michigan series, I was still getting
over the sickness I got while on vacation. Then last week a stick of RAM
decided to die in my PC, which made pretty much anything that I opened became
corrupted, and that didn’t get fixed until late Friday. So, let’s get back on
Bulldogs In the
The start of the Bulldog’s season has been an interesting
one. Since starting NCAA play, they’ve beat Colgate in a best-of-one, and split
with Miami in Miami before getting swept by conference rivals Northern Michigan
on their own ice.
They are led by senior defenseman Nate Kallen with senior
forward Dominic Lutz being named as an alternative captain. Bob Daniels also
returns for his 28th season as bench boss. Roni Salmenkangas, the
Finnish sophomore goalie looks to be their workhorse, playing in 4 games, with Carter
McPhail, a Michigan native having played in two games looking like the backup
in the early part of the season, although other than the two wins that Salmenkangas
has posted, their stat lines look very similar.
Lake State Heading
Toward Dry Dock
While there may have
been a number of fans who though the Lakers were going to come out swinging,
starting off where they left off last year, I was not really one of them.
Excited to see what would happen? Sure. But losing the likes of Nellis and
Cuglietta scoring was going to depend greatly on who could step – would it be
sophomore Mucha? One of the Freshman? So far Humitz and Erikson lead the pack
with 8 total points, followed closely by Ashton Calder and Collin Saccoman, each
of whom have 6 total points.
Looking at the start of this season, it has not been easy on
the Lakers. After sweeping Merrimack to start the season, they’ve dropped six
straight, all against non-conference opponents and two ranked teams. In those
six games, they’ve been outscored 26-13. With this week starting conference
play, the rest of the team has to step up and contribute more.
Both games this weekend drop the puck at 7:00pm EST. Bill Crawford
will have the call on 99.5 YesFM, both locally and streaming online. WCHA
Partner FloHockey will have the livestream from the Taffy Abel Arena if you
want to watch the game but can’t make it to the arena.