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Monday, September 28, 2009

2009-10 Season Preview

After back to back 20 loss seasons Lake Superior State will try to return to glory this season. Success this season will once again depend on the Lakers getting off to a good start as they will conclude the season with games against, Michigan State, Nebraska-Omaha, Notre Dame, Miami, and Northern Michigan.

Last season LSSU’s team struggled, going 1-10-7 against plus-.500 teams, and went 10-10-1 against sub-.500 teams. The schedule does get a little bit easier this season with LSSU finding themselves in a cluster with Northern Michigan, Nebraska-Omaha, and Alaska, even though they did go 0-5-3 against these teams last season.

Offense. Scoring this season will be a major question mark for the Lakers as it has been for the past 10 plus years. Zac MacVoy and Fred Cassiani are the only returning Lakers who scored more than 10 goals last season, with 14 and 11 respectively. Key losses on the offensive side of the ice include is Troy Schwab, Nathan Perkovich, and Josh Sim. Look for freshman Dominic Monardo to be relied upon to contribute in the attacking zone. LSSU will look to improve on the 2.82 goals per game that they averaged over 39 games last season and the 12.9% success on the powerplay.

Defense. LSSU will have an experienced defensive corps this season. The defense will be anchored this season by Steven Kaunisto, Simon Gysbers, Matt Cowie, and Dillin Stonehouse, with incoming defenseman Zach Trotman expected to contribute early. Last season LSSU’s defense allowed 2.95 goals per games killing an improved but not great 82.8% of their shorthanded opportunities.

Goaltending. Junior Pat Inglis and Sophomore Brian Mahoney-Wilson again split time in goal for the Lakers, with neither one stepping up to take the coveted spot as the Lakers number one goaltender, with Inglis posting a 3.01 GAA with a .903 SV% and Mahoney-Wilson posting a 2.66 GAA and a .915 SV%. Both goaltenders dropped their GAA by approximately 0.5. It looked as if Mahoney-Wilson would take the reigns as the No.1 goaltender before being injured at the end of January, and never had time to get his legs back under him, so look for both goalies to contribute again this year.

Due to economic conditions, has had to reduce staff and time commitments. For the 2009-10 season will not carry game previews or recaps. It will still be your premiere source for other LSSU Hockey news, including recruiting, and one of a kind commentary.

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