Dommett is playing a big part in Lakers' successful first half
Nov 29, 2013
By LINDA BOUVET, LSSU Sports Information
A combination of more games on big ice, good support from
talented linemates and two years of collegiate experience has
helped Lake Superior State junior right wing Andrew Dommett get off
to a good start to the 2013-14 hockey season.
Dommett tallied one point during his rookie season and two
points last season. He already has four goals and five points 12
games into this season. He is tied for second on the team in
overall goals scored.
“As of now the goals are going in for me,” Dommett
said prior to last weekend’s trip to Bemidji State.
“I’m getting a lot of opportunities, and it’s up
to me to take those opportunities and run with them. The biggest
difference from last year is confidence. In the past, being a
rookie, I was kind of scared. And as a sophomore I was still kind
of timid. As a junior I have a lot more confidence. We need to lead
the way for the younger guys like the older guys led the way for
Dommett has played almost every game this season with freshman
left wing Garret Clemment and junior center Chris Ciotti. Clemment,
with 1-5—6, is second only to Alex Globke in rookie scoring.
Ciotti, with 1-4—5, got off to a slow start this season, but
tallied a point in three of the Lakers’ last four games.
Dommett said both linemates are good skaters who keep their feet
moving when positioning down low.
“Both are really good, talented players,” Dommett
said. “Ciotti is an amazing passer. He finds holes and makes
it easy for you. Clemment is learning a lot, always asking
questions. He wants to get better every day and is a skilled
The Lakers have played six games on Olympic ice so far this
season and are 2-3-1 in those rinks. Although Dommett has only one
point on the big sheet, he likes the idea of having several Western
Collegiate Hockey Association opponents with Olympic ice.
“I like to skate, and the bigger ice gives me more room to
move. I enjoy playing on big ice,” Dommett said.
After a string of splits, Dommett said the Lakers need to focus
better on taking both games of a series. As far as his own game
goes, he’s been working since last season on improving his
shot and defensive play.
“As a winger, I focus on breakouts and always getting the
puck out,” he said. “I’ve been shooting the puck
a lot, working on a quick release…The league is so fast, so
you don’t have time to stick handle. It’s catch and
release. I was working on that all summer. And the D-zone is so big
in this game. I understand the D-zone a little bit more.”
“Andrew is a really fast skater, especially down the wall
playing wing,” said Ciotti, who is also one of
Dommett’s roommates. “He has a good shot and battles in
front of the net. He is a big strong kid. I think his confidence
and his mental game have improved over the years. He has also
improved his game along the wall, especially breaking out of our
Prior to arriving at LSSU, the Major, Saskatchewan, native
played four junior seasons for the Kindersley Klippers, the same
program from which former Laker standouts Troy Schwab ‘09 and
Josh Sim ‘09 hailed. Dommett skated with Schwab in 2009, and
his coaches included Larry Wintoneak and former Laker Trevor
“Troy helped me understand what it takes,” Dommett
said. “He was a huge inspiration to me when I was 19 years
“Andrew is a hard-working kid from a hard-working
family,” said Schwab, who already has three goals and a
team-leading 20 assists in 14 games for the CHL’s Denver
Cutthroats. “His skating ability and his shot are his assets,
and the more he uses those and the more confidence he gets, I think
you’ll see him get better and better in the college game. You
can see him making strides this year. But knowing where he comes
from, he will keep working to get better. I’ve always thought
Domm could be an outstanding player at LSSU, and I still feel that
way about him.”
LSSU coach Jim Roque, who spent two seasons coaching in the
SJHL, has always admired the work ethic of Saskatchewan players.
Dommett has adapted well to the blue-collar mindset of Sault Ste.
Marie and Laker Hockey.
“He was a guy that you could count on every day to give
100 percent, and that made him a good leader because he let his
play do the talking,” said Weisgerber, who now runs Epic
Hockey Camps after spending seven seasons in professional hockey.
“He was a very coachable player and was always looking at
ways to improve his game. I check up on the old alma mater quite
often, and it’s good to see that Andrew and the team are off
to a good start!”
Dommett looks forward to this weekend’s rematch with
Bowling Green State, the team that eliminated LSSU from the 2013
playoffs. He hopes the Lakers finish strong during the first half
the season, and come back even stronger for the second half.
“We need to continue doing what we’re doing,”
he said. “And after a two-week break, we have to come back