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    LSSU Lakers 2016-17

    One week until the start of the 51st season of Laker Hockey. Lakers picked to finish 7th in the WCHA. I think we'll finish anywhere from 5th-7th.
    LSSU hockey-NCAA champs 1988, 1992, 1994

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    Ewigleben Arena (Ferris State, 1997)
    Munn Ice Arena (Michigan State, 1997)
    Berry Events Center (NMU, 2007)
    Lawson Ice Arena (Western Michigan, 2009)
    John McInnes Ice Arena (Michigan Tech, 2009)
    Yost Ice Arena (Michigan, 2010)
    Joyce Ice Center/Compton Family Ice Arena (Notre Dame, 2010/2014)
    BGSU Ice Arena (BGSU, 2013)
    Kohl Center (Wisconsin, 2013)
    Ralph Engelstad Arena (North Dakota, 2014)

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    Re: LSSU Lakers 2016-17

    Just a bit of an update on Owen Guy. He was injured in the preseason and is out for the year.

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    Re: LSSU Lakers 2016-17

    Quote Originally Posted by herbst20 View Post
    Just a bit of an update on Owen Guy. He was injured in the preseason and is out for the year.
    Bummer. I thought he had a good chance to be with the Lakers next season. With the injury, maybe he'll be back in Cedar Rapids next season and with the Lakers in 2018-19.

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    Re: LSSU Lakers 2016-17

    Any word on the when the first Laker Hockey Show of the 2016-17 season will be?
    LSSU hockey-NCAA champs 1988, 1992, 1994

    Arenas visited:
    Taffy Abel Arena (LSSU, 1992)
    Ewigleben Arena (Ferris State, 1997)
    Munn Ice Arena (Michigan State, 1997)
    Berry Events Center (NMU, 2007)
    Lawson Ice Arena (Western Michigan, 2009)
    John McInnes Ice Arena (Michigan Tech, 2009)
    Yost Ice Arena (Michigan, 2010)
    Joyce Ice Center/Compton Family Ice Arena (Notre Dame, 2010/2014)
    BGSU Ice Arena (BGSU, 2013)
    Kohl Center (Wisconsin, 2013)
    Ralph Engelstad Arena (North Dakota, 2014)

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    Re: LSSU Lakers 2016-17

    I stopped at the Taffy this weekend to watch the Indians play, and while looking around noticed that the team pictures stop with the 2013-2014 season. You would think with the 50th year of Laker hockey about to kick off, that the athletic department would want to have all the team photos up. Last years MVP has been updated, but that is all. Also, the Florida Holiday Tourney (or whatever it is called) was never added to the special tournament wins board.

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    Re: LSSU Lakers 2016-17

    Quote Originally Posted by Section P View Post
    I stopped at the Taffy this weekend to watch the Indians play, and while looking around noticed that the team pictures stop with the 2013-2014 season. You would think with the 50th year of Laker hockey about to kick off, that the athletic department would want to have all the team photos up. Last years MVP has been updated, but that is all. Also, the Florida Holiday Tourney (or whatever it is called) was never added to the special tournament wins board.
    I have noticed this as well. I wonder if Damon is aware of this?
    LSSU hockey-NCAA champs 1988, 1992, 1994

    Arenas visited:
    Taffy Abel Arena (LSSU, 1992)
    Ewigleben Arena (Ferris State, 1997)
    Munn Ice Arena (Michigan State, 1997)
    Berry Events Center (NMU, 2007)
    Lawson Ice Arena (Western Michigan, 2009)
    John McInnes Ice Arena (Michigan Tech, 2009)
    Yost Ice Arena (Michigan, 2010)
    Joyce Ice Center/Compton Family Ice Arena (Notre Dame, 2010/2014)
    BGSU Ice Arena (BGSU, 2013)
    Kohl Center (Wisconsin, 2013)
    Ralph Engelstad Arena (North Dakota, 2014)

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    Re: LSSU Lakers 2016-17

    Quote Originally Posted by LSSULaker889294 View Post
    Any word on the when the first Laker Hockey Show of the 2016-17 season will be?
    The first Laker Hockey Show will be Tuesday Oct 4 and the first Laker Hockey Talk show will be Thursday Oct 6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill View Post
    The first Laker Hockey Show will be Tuesday Oct 4 and the first Laker Hockey Talk show will be Thursday Oct 6.
    Thank you for the information Bill.
    LSSU hockey-NCAA champs 1988, 1992, 1994

    Arenas visited:
    Taffy Abel Arena (LSSU, 1992)
    Ewigleben Arena (Ferris State, 1997)
    Munn Ice Arena (Michigan State, 1997)
    Berry Events Center (NMU, 2007)
    Lawson Ice Arena (Western Michigan, 2009)
    John McInnes Ice Arena (Michigan Tech, 2009)
    Yost Ice Arena (Michigan, 2010)
    Joyce Ice Center/Compton Family Ice Arena (Notre Dame, 2010/2014)
    BGSU Ice Arena (BGSU, 2013)
    Kohl Center (Wisconsin, 2013)
    Ralph Engelstad Arena (North Dakota, 2014)

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    Re: LSSU Lakers 2016-17

    Nothing to see here... Move along. No worries. Don't ask about the Money from back to the attack either. Stick your head in the sand. Dunbar is on it.
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    Re: LSSU Lakers 2016-17

    LakerBaker you are a sick individual and your life must suck so much for you to make it your mission to try to be such a deterrent for the Lakers to get back to being a true D1 hockey team.

    Jim Roque is gone get over it. I will pray for you.

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    Re: LSSU Lakers 2016-17

    Quote Originally Posted by Section P View Post
    I stopped at the Taffy this weekend to watch the Indians play, and while looking around noticed that the team pictures stop with the 2013-2014 season. You would think with the 50th year of Laker hockey about to kick off, that the athletic department would want to have all the team photos up. Last years MVP has been updated, but that is all. Also, the Florida Holiday Tourney (or whatever it is called) was never added to the special tournament wins board.
    As far as the pictures, I was talking to Jim Howie last season and he said they hadn't figured out where to put the new ones yet, since that wall is full now.

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    Re: LSSU Lakers 2016-17

    Perkyforprez, Get a grip, man. Like you, I woke up in a free country this morning, complete with freedom of speech, on a forum that provides information about college hockey, and specifically the Lake Superior State University Lakers.

    Here are a couple fresh, original articles regarding the Good Ship Laker.

    http://www.saultthisweek.com/2016/09...-state-captain

    http://www.hockeynewsnorth.com/nojhl...al/#more-14614

    The Lakers will open up their season on Sunday at 5 p.m. with legendary Voice of the Lakers, Bill Crawford calling the game on www.yesfm.net.

    Ringy Dingy!

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    Re: LSSU Lakers 2016-17

    Opening exhibition game against Laurentian is just a few days away. It will be interesting to see what line combinations are used although there likely will be some experimenting with that during the game. I'm not sure if any of the new guys will be used at center so it seems like lines could be centered by Hults, Henke, Cuglietta and Nenadal. We'll see.

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    Re: LSSU Lakers 2016-17

    Lake Superior State hockey opens the 2016-17 season, it's 51st season of varsity hockey, with an exhibition contest hosting the Laurentian Voyageurs of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) on Sunday evening at 5 p.m.

    The Lakers hold the series advantage over the Voyageurs with a record of 21-6-5 all time. The last time the teams met, (Oct. 29, 2013) the Lakers skated to a 9-2 victory in exhibition play.

    A Look Back at Last Season

    The Lakers marked a six-win improvement in 2015-16, going 14-22-5 overall and picked up three more victories in conference play (10-13-5 WCHA) compared to 2014-15.

    Last season the Lakers made several large strides throughout the year and appear capable of using that momentum for more improvements in 2016-17. The Lakers earned their first victory at Ewigleben Ice Arena against Ferris State since Oct. 31, 2008; won 2-0 over Minnesota State in Game 2 of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Quarterfinals for their first-ever victory over the Mavericks, and also reclaimed the Cappo Cup from Upper Peninsula rivals Northern Michigan.

    The Lakers were led offensively by sophomore transfer J.T. Henke (10-12--22) and freshmen Mitch Hults (9-11--20) and Gage Torrel (8-11--19).n Goaltender Gordon Defiel earned All-WCHA Third Team honors last season following an impressive season in which he ranked 15th nationally and third among WCHA goaltenders with a .926 save percentage. During the second half of the season Defiel ranked tied for fourth nationally with a .934 save percentage and had a 2.19 goals-against average along with all three of his shutouts from last season.

    Returning Firepower

    The Lakers return 85-percent of both the goals, and the team's total points scored last season with each of their top eight scorers returning and nine of their top-10. Of the 10 lettermen set not to return due to graduation or orther circumstances, the Lakers lose just 11 total goals and 29 combined points.

    Hults, Torrel and classmate Anthony Nellis (4-13--14) all reached the top five in WCHA rookie scoring last season. Diego Cuglietta (6-5--11) led WCHA rookies with four game-winning goals and tied for the league-lead among freshmen with two shorthanded tallies.

    The defensive corps will be anchored by four juniors that have combined for nearly 300 collegiate games in their careers, including assistant captain Aidan Wright who has not missed a game since first donning the anchor. The group also returns sophomore Owen Headrick who ranked tied for 10th among league rookies in scoring last season with five goals and seven assists. Headrick led WCHA freshmen defenders with five goals and ranked second in points.

    WCHA Changes in 2016-17

    Overtime

    Ensuring that each contest will have a "winner" in the league standings, each WCHA regular season league game that remains tied after regulation and the NCAA-mandated, five-minute 5-on-5 overtime period will now advance to a second five-minute overtime period, of 3-on-3 play; if the game is still tied, it will be settled in a sudden death shootout (wherein each team will receive a minimum of one shot, and the second team to shoot can match if the first team to shoot, scores). All WCHA postseason games will revert to the NCAA standard of sudden death, 20-minute overtime periods to determine a winner.

    Points Structure

    Game decided in regulation: three (3) points to winning team.
    Game decided in 5-on-5 overtime (five minutes, sudden death): three (3) points to winning team.
    Game decided in 3-on-3 overtime (five minutes, sudden death): two (2) points to winning team, one (1) point to losing team.
    Game decided in shootout (sudden death): two (2) points to winning team, one (1) point to losing team.
    The 3-on-3 overtime and shootouts will only affect the WCHA standings, while any game that is tied after the 5-on-5 overtime remains officially a tie for NCAA purposes. Thus, the WCHA standings will show Wins, Losses, Ties and 3-on-3/Shootout Wins ("W-L-T-3/SW"). In this format, W-L-T will add up to games played, with the "Tie" column signifying how many times a team has been to a 3-on-3 overtime or shootout; and, the "3-on-3/Shootout Wins" column representing how many games a team has won in that fashion.

    Nets

    WCHA skaters will have four additional inches to work with behind the net in each league rink this season, as all 10 member institutions will install the 40-inch goal frame that is standard across the NHL. A vast majority of WCHA arenas in 2015-16 had the 44-inch frames that long have been a staple of college hockey.

    On Campus Champs

    The entirety of the WCHA postseason from the quarterfinals through the championship game will be hosted by the highest remaining seeds at on-campus venues, beginning immediately in 2016-17.

    Starting in 2017 and continuing for at least the next three seasons, the "WCHA Playoffs" will consist of four (4) best-of-three, quarterfinal round series hosted by the league's top four regular-season finishers on the first weekend of March, followed by two (2) best-of-three semifinal round series hosted by the highest remaining seeds on the second weekend of the month. The "WCHA Championship" will be a single game, hosted by the highest remaining seed, on the third Saturday of March (the same weekend as the "Final Five" of previous seasons). As has been the case since the 2013-14 campaign, the top eight teams from the WCHA regular season will qualify for the postseason.

    Single Game Tickets

    Single game tickets to all of the Lakers home games cost $12 for adults and $6 for children (17-under) unless a special promotion is running. Tickets for all LSSU Athletics events can be purchased online at http://lssutickets.universitytickets.com or by calling the Norris Center ticket office at (906) 635-2602.

    Season Tickets

    Adult season packages are $199 and include 17 home games plus three Western Collegiate Hockey Association first-round playoff games. Child season tickets are $95 and also include three playoff games. The Snowbird package includes the Lakers' first nine home games for $90. Single-game tickets will again be $12 for adults and $6 for children 17 and under. LSSU is introducing a new senior citizen single-game ticket rate of $10 for seniors 60 and over.

    Starting this season, WCHA Playoff second-round series will be played at campus sites, but second-round tickets will be sold separately from the season package. If the Lakers don't host a first-round playoff series, the deadline for playoff ticket refunds is May 15, 2017. Refund requests are processed after playoff tickets are returned to the Norris Center at the conclusion of the season.

    The LSSU Department of Athletics will feature fun promotions throughout the season. Look for details on LSSULakers.com and in weekly media releases. The LSSU student cheering section has moved from Sections S & T to Sections A, B, C & D. Sections S&T will be general admission in 2016-17.

    Season tickets can be purchased online through lssutickets.universitytickets.com or at the Norris Center Guest Services Desk during summer hours. LSSU faculty/staff and retirees must pick up tickets at the Norris Center. Returning season ticket holders have until Sept. 9 to reclaim their seats.

    Laker Hockey Show

    Every week Bill Crawford along with head coach Damon Whitten, the assistant coaches and players take a look at the Laker Hockey program. A review of past games, a look ahead to future action and more information and insight on the team and players. n The show is live from the Antlers restaraunt on East Portage Ave. every Tuesday night starting at 6 p.m. and can be heard on WKNW ESPN Radio 1400 or you can catch up on any shows you have missed through podcasts that will be made available on LSSULakers.com.

    Laker Hockey Talk

    Laker Hockey Talk, also on ESPN 1400, returns this year on Thursday mornings at 8:30 a.m. Bill Crawford and Damon Whitten preview the upcoming weekend's match up.

    Soo Blue Liners

    The Soo Blue Liners commenced operations as a support group in 1982-83 with a membership of 75 people. The organization was developed for the specific purpose of supporting Laker hockey.

    Soo Blue Liners memberships are: $5 college students, $15 single members, $25 couples, $30 families. Membership applications are available at the Norris Center Ticket Office or by calling 906-248-5732.

    Laker Club

    The LSSU Laker Club is the principle fundraising initiative for athletics at Lake Superior State University. With the help of a strong and active membership, the club will work to increase fan support at all LSSU athletic events. Membership also supports athletes in the classroom through Laker Club funded scholarships. LSSU athletes are high achievers inside and outside of the classroom.

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    Randy Russon, from www.saultthisweek.com and www.hockeynewsnorth.com previews this Sunday's game.

    http://www.hockeynewsnorth.com/ncaa/...rt/#more-14684

    Led by third-year head coach Damon Whitten, the Lake Superior State Lakers of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association will begin the 2016-2017 season on Sunday when they play host to the Laurentian Voyageurs of Canadian Interuniversity Sport in an exhibition match.

    Game time is 5 p.m. at Taffy Abel Arena and legendary radio announcer Bill Crawford will call the play-by-play on 99.5 YES-FM.

    All time, Lake State and Laurentian have met on the ice on 32 occasions with the Lakers holding the advantage with a record of 21-6-5.

    With only one senior skater newly-appointed captain Gus Correale the Lakers return a log of high-end players for the 2016-2017 campaign including a pair of area products in junior defenseman Aidan Wright and sophomore blueliner Owen Headrick.

    Including Correale and Headrick, the Lakers return their top eight scorers from the 2015-2016 season in which they finished seventh and made the playoffs in the 10-team WCHA.

    New to the Laker staff this season is Jamie Henderson, former assistant coach, assistant general manager and general manager of the reigning Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League champion Soo Thunderbirds.

    Henderson will assist Whitten and the Laker coaching staff as a volunteer director of hockey operations.

    Ringy Dingy!

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    Preview of this weekend's game against Laurentian from Damon and some of the players:

    http://www.lssulakers.com/sports/m-h...60930-d3bhb4is

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    Update on Owen Guy. He needs shoulder surgery. He is back home in Kemptville and will play there with a shoulder brace until his surgery. Not sure when that will be.

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    Ashton Calder has moved on from the Minnesota Wildeness of the NAHL to the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL, and he scored a hat trick in his first game with Surrey .

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    Re: LSSU Lakers 2016-17

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill View Post
    Preview of this weekend's game against Laurentian from Damon and some of the players:

    http://www.lssulakers.com/sports/m-h...60930-d3bhb4is
    Thanks for sharing that Bill. I can't wait to hear the game with the legendary Voice of the Lakers, Bill Crawford on www.yesfm.net.

    Another great article from www.saultthisweek.com and www.hockeynewsnorth.com Randy Russon on Michigan Soo native and Lake Superior State Lakers recruit Ashton Calder, off to a sparkling start with the Surrey Eagles of the British Columbia Hockey League.

    http://www.hockeynewsnorth.com/aaa/a...ck/#more-14729

    Ringy Dingy!
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    College hockey is underway for another season.

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