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sbkbghockey
08-02-2013, 09:07 AM
Welcome to a new season Lady Lions fans!

First catch up on important the off-season news:

Lindenwood Athletics Completes NCAA Membership Process
http://www.lindenwoodlions.com/news/2013/7/11/BB_0711132939.aspx?path=baseball

Women's Hockey Announces 2013-14 Recruiting Class
http://www.lindenwoodlions.com/news/2013/7/15/WHOCKEY_0715130513.aspx?path=whockey

Women's Hockey Adds Samantha Ullrich To Coaching Staff
http://www.lindenwoodlions.com/news/2013/7/18/WHOCKEY_0718135215.aspx?path=whockey

Women's Ice Hockey 2013-14 Schedule...Eight Games Against Top-Ten NCAA Division I Teams
http://www.lindenwoodlions.com/news/2013/7/24/WHOCKEY_0724133536.aspx?path=whockey

backcheck
08-02-2013, 11:38 AM
LU finished their season with some exciting hockey. Will be very interested to see how they progress with 98% of their scoring intact versus some others who have graduated over 3 of their top 5 scorers (RIT).

123kidd
08-02-2013, 01:07 PM
I think a success for LU would be 10 wins. They will need to get to 70-75 goals. Finished at 61 last, can they produce 10 more this year?

sbkbghockey
08-02-2013, 02:10 PM
I think a success for LU would be 10 wins. They will need to get to 70-75 goals. Finished at 61 last, can they produce 10 more this year?

With 7 wins last season, 3 ties and a cpl games that could have gone their way, including the 90-save OT heartbreaker to RMU in the CHA first round, they weren't too far away from 10 wins last season. I think 10 wins would be decent, 12-15 would be success.

Real success will happen as the program continues to mature at the NCAA level, they've schedule very hard non-conference opponents the past two seasons (from the WCHA) and playing those top team will continue to harden a young team and give the girls big-game experience. Last year the team went 7-10-3 in CHA competition, and the conference is not a cake walk.

backcheck
08-05-2013, 04:41 PM
Based on their scoring trajectory over their first 2 DI seasons, LU is on track to exceed 70 goals, however the first year schedule makes comparison difficult. The CHA should be very competitive for the non-Merceyhurst five. I expect Penn State to improve markedly and RIT is slip slightly based on graduation or non-graduation of talent. I am going to predict a split of the non-Merceyhurst games, and another couple of Ws versus their non-conference foes for a total of 12 wins.

123kidd
08-05-2013, 04:56 PM
Those wins will most likely have to come against the 8 games vs. BSU or Minnesota State Mankato. Two teams who won 6 and 10 games last year. I still see LU winning no more than 10 games.

96IllinoisDad
08-05-2013, 05:17 PM
Those wins will most likely have to come against the 8 games vs. BSU or Minnesota State Mankato. Two teams who won 6 and 10 games last year. I still see LU winning no more than 10 games.

I'll take the under on 10 wins. Goals come easier in games you are trailing by a wide margin than in close contests.

With that said, why does Lindenwood not have any Illinois recruits on their roster? Next to UW, they are the closest D1 school geographically to Chicago. Never seen them locally or heard of them even looking at "Chicago" talent. If I were them, I'd be the "local" D1 school.

chicagoice
08-05-2013, 06:05 PM
They were in Chicago pretty heavy when they recruited and landed the CYA goalie in this years recruiting class
...does not show in threads because she is officially a transfer from Sacred Heart. They also were in the running for a couple Mission players as well and have their eyes on a few more 16U's from the area...

Bender
08-16-2013, 11:16 PM
Although it wasn't in their recruiting annoucement, they landed transfer Shara Jasper from Minnesota-Duluth. She is redshirting this year due to injury so she won't provide any help for another year, but she can play both forward and D and could provide some needed help as last year's transfers Witwicke and Slattery are seniors this year and will be departing.

backcheck
08-17-2013, 06:34 AM
I saw Shara Jasper play with Colorado with in the JWHL. She will be a good addition. Do you have any information on the nature of her injury?

Bender
08-18-2013, 07:29 PM
My understanding is that it was a non-hockey related injury and tendon in her elbow had to be reattached. They took one from her leg to replace it in July and she will redshirt this year while rehabbing.

Eeyore
08-18-2013, 08:46 PM
My understanding is that it was a non-hockey related injury and tendon in her elbow had to be reattached. They took one from her leg to replace it in July and she will redshirt this year while rehabbing.

Ah. Tommy John surgery. I'm interested to find out what the long term prognosis is for a hockey player that has it. For pitchers they have the success rate (i.e. returning to the mound with approximately the same velocity & control as prior to the surgery) up to around 70%. I would imagine that the chances are better than that for a hockey player, since the requirements aren't as great for either the stress or fine control needed to pitch, but I've never heard of a hockey player having it, so who knows.

Rebel
08-28-2013, 09:44 AM
Tommy John is a tendon replacement procedure for the Ulnar collateral ligament of the elbow

backcheck
09-06-2013, 08:54 PM
I heard they had to take out the ice on LU's usual rink. Any word on the status?

Bender
09-08-2013, 07:47 PM
I heard they had to take out the ice on LU's usual rink. Any word on the status?

My understanding is that the ice has been down since May and when they tried to bring up both rinks in August they couldn't get them both up. I believe they still do not have ice and are trying to rent ice at other rinks. Not a good start to the season.

backcheck
09-16-2013, 05:02 PM
The LU roster for 13-14 has been posted http://www.lindenwoodlions.com/roster.aspx?path=whockey&

There are 11 freshmen if you count the injured Shara Jasper. LU has added some size and keeps nearly all of their scoring. Should make for a very exciting season if they can pick up where they left off at the end of last season.

Bender
09-18-2013, 07:22 PM
The LU roster for 13-14 has been posted http://www.lindenwoodlions.com/roster.aspx?path=whockey&

There are 11 freshmen if you count the injured Shara Jasper. LU has added some size and keeps nearly all of their scoring. Should make for a very exciting season if they can pick up where they left off at the end of last season.

They may be off to a rough start, as the home opener is a week and a half away and they have had little ice time renting ice at another rink since their home rink is still down for the forseeable future and the home opener will be held somewhere else.

backcheck
09-21-2013, 08:23 PM
Interesting article predicting the season for CHA:

http://thehockeywriters.com/ncaa-womens-hockey-2013-2014-cha-preview/

I see a lot of potential for movement for any of the Penn State, LU, RIT and Robert Morris this season based on graduation of talent as well as strength of the incoming class and just plain old who gets it together this season. Couldn't be more excited to see the season kick off for many next week.

sbkbghockey
09-23-2013, 07:46 PM
http://www.lindenwoodlions.com/news/2013/9/23/WHOCKEY_0923133358.aspx?path=whockey

Ice is going in soon at the LU Ice Arena, but the opening weekend's games will be played at the St. Peter's Rec Plex. It's a solid facility, fairly new, slightly larger than the current LU Ice Arena, and close to the main Lindenwood campus.


Interesting article predicting the season for CHA:

http://thehockeywriters.com/ncaa-womens-hockey-2013-2014-cha-preview/

I see a lot of potential for movement for any of the Penn State, LU, RIT and Robert Morris this season based on graduation of talent as well as strength of the incoming class and just plain old who gets it together this season. Couldn't be more excited to see the season kick off for many next week.

I agree, the article was a solid preview but I think the writer underestimated LU, PSU, and RIT. Mercyhurst is a clear No.1 and Cuse has been steadily increasing over the past few season. Hurst 1, Cuse 2, and then I think it's a wide open race. I think there's the potential for some crazy upsets, swings in the rankings, etc...

backcheck
09-27-2013, 09:30 PM
2-2 tie LU vs Bemidji with 11:05 to play in the second.