Month: January 2020

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.

Series Preview: Lake Superior State at Alaska

Alaska: 10-12-0

LSSU: 7-18-1

Bearing Down on the Standings

It’s been no secret over the last few seasons that the Fairbanks based Alaska Nanooks have had some consistency issues over the last few seasons, usually dwelling in the middle to low-mid of the standings, but still usually making playoffs. This year, however, they are proving themselves this year, sweeping or splitting with some tough opponents: Starting out conference play by sweeping Michigan Tech in Houghton, shutting out then #9 Penn State in Happy Valley, taking another win from Tech in Alaska.

The Nanooks are currently sitting in the #4 spot in the WCHA, which is also the last home playoff spot.

They are led in scoring by a trio of junior forwards, Max Newton (6-8-14), Justin Young (7-6-13) and Steven Jandric (5-8-13). In net they are leaning heavily on Anton Martinsson, the senior out of Klippan, Sweden. They have played sophomore Gustavs Grigals, out of Latvia, having played in 9 games with the same tally of wins.

Bailing Water

The Lakers are sitting just 3 points ahead of Ferris who currently own the final playoff spot, and just 4 points ahead of Alaska Anchorage, who they will face again in two weeks at Abel Arena. This is a far cry from the success the team had last season, but certainly seems closer to what we as Laker fans have come to expect in recent years.

The one bright spot on the team has been Max Humitz, who is currently sitting at 97 career points. Humitz is leading the team in both overall points and goals by quite a bit, with 21 points and 14 goals. Junior center Hampus Eriksson is second in scoring with 16 points. Pierre-Luc Veilette is second in goals with 6.

Goaltending has been pretty much Mareks Mitens exclusively, playing in 25 games, with a 7-16-1 record. Roman Bengert has appeared in 3 games, going 0-2-0. Freshman Seth Eisele has yet to appear in a game.

In other news, it appears some players have left the team at some point. Forwards Owen Guy and Roberts Bluegers, defensemen Bennet Vida have all been removed from LSSU’s roster on their website. It appears Vida is now with Trinity Western University of the BCIHL, playing in 2 games so far with 1 assist. Neither Guy nor Bluegers have updated profiles on Elite Prospects. One would have to guess the reason they left was lack of playing time. We here at LakerHockeyBlog would like to wish them the best with their future endeavors, and also thank them for their time as Lakers.

The Lakers play in Fairbanks Friday and Saturday, puck drops at 7:07 AT, which should be -4 hours from Eastern time, so the game would start at 11:07pm eastern. As always, the game will be on Flohockey.tv for a fee, or you can listen in on 99.5 YesFM locally or on TuneIn.