Cullen Maksimowski, LSSULakers.com
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich.— Throughout an up and down season with no shortage of challenges and adversity, the Lake Superior State hockey team has still managed to put itself in control of its own destiny heading into the final weekend of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association regular season.
The Lakers (10-20-4 overall, 8-15-3 WCHA) travel to Ferris State (12-21-1, 9-16-1) this weekend targeting the final spot in the conference tournament.
Puck drop with be at 7:07 of Friday and Saturday and will be streaming live on WCHA TV.
What Needs to Happen:
With the top eight teams earning a trip to the postseason, LSSU enters play on the outside looking in as they sit in ninth place with 27 league points. FSU holds the eighth and final spot with 28 points.
The Lakers must either sweep the series or collect a pair ties while winning the 3-on-3 shootouts to secure a playoff spot. Any Bulldog win or tie with a win in the shootout would eliminate LSSU from the postseason.
Lake State and Ferris State met for a two-game set inside the Taffy Abel Arena (Jan.12-13) with the Bulldogs capturing the opener, 4-0, and the Lakers taking the finale, 5-3.
Last Time Out:
LSSU traveled to Alaska (Feb.9-10) and swept the Seawolves with a, 3-2, overtime win on Friday and a 2-1 win on Saturday.
Scouting the Bulldogs:
FSU suffered a series sweep at No.4 Minnesota State last weekend falling 7-1 in the opener and 4-2 in the finale.
Corey Mackin leads the team in total points with 22 on the season. Mitch Maloney is the lead goal scored with 13.
Justin Kapelmaster leads the team in the net with a 3.04 goals against average to go along with a .911 save percentage on the year.
Henke, a senior forward, has been Lake State's offensive facilitator this season with a team-leading 27 points (9 goals, 18 assists) so far.
Max Humitz, a sophomore, has been the leading goal scorer for the Lakers so far with 13 total goals (10 in the WCHA). Humtiz and Diego Cuglietta are second on the team with 22 total points this season.
Junior Nick Kossoff has been the leader in between the pipes this season owning a 7-11-2 record with 662 saves for a .912 percentage.
Deposits for 2018-19 Laker Hockey season ticket packages will open in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for an official announcement and updates on lssulakers.com.