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sbkbghockey 09-22-2010 05:57 PM

Lindenwood University Ice Hockey
Blues fan and general St. Louis area hockey fans might find this interesting. Lindenwood University men’s ice hockey opens the 2010-11 season as back-to-back defending ACHA DI Champions. The season kicks off the season with a home series against Davenport University at the LU Ice Arena in Wentzville Friday 9/24/10 7:30pm, Saturday 9/25/10 at 4:00pm. Friday night’s game includes raising the National Championship banner ceremony before the scheduled 7:30 puck drop.

It will also be the first game under new head coach and ex Blues defenseman Rick Zombo. Zombo previously served as the assistant coach/defensive coach for the past two seasons under head coach, Derek Schaub, who left the team after last season to coach the LU Lions Lacrosse team.

LU Key losses:
F) Chad Boeckman (So) 47gp 27g 44a 71pts- transfer to Wisconsin-Stevens Point (NCAA DIII)
F)Adam Krefski (Jr.) 46gp 35g 34a 69pts
F) Mike Leone (So) 11gp 5g 11a 16pts- injured early in 09-10 season, red shirted, transfer to Western Michigan (NCAA DI)
D) Tim Gardner (Sr) 43gp 12g 14a 26pts
G) Chris Abbott (Sr) 15 wins 2 losses, 1006:24 mins, 2.27ga .918svp

LU returns:
F) Grant Gorczyca (So) 45gp 2g7 40a 67pts
F) Cory Spradling (Sr) 45gp 36g 30a 66pts
F) Neeco Belanger (Jr) 45gp 26g 29a 55pts
G) Robi Cavallari 26 wins 3 losses, 1729:00 mins, 1.63ga .935svp

LU Gains:
D) Barclay Berner, St. Louis Junior Blues (CSHL)
F) Eric Combs, Capital Districts Selects (EJHL)
F) Chrisoffer Roos, Transgund J20 (Elit)
F) Joe Bostic, Fort Zumwalt West HS
G) Kent Henry, Winnipeg Saints (MJHL)

Scouting Lindenwood:
2008, 2009 ACHA Division I National Champions, League: Central States Collegiate Hockey League (CSCHL). Lindenwood enters the game with a 84-9 record over the past two seasons. The Lions come into the contest on a 9-game winning streak, the last loss: 3-4 vs. Illinois in a controversial shootout goal.

Scouting Davenport:
Davenport University is an NAIA school of 12,000 with its main campus outside of Grand Rapids in Caledonia Township, Kent County, Michigan The DU Ice Hockey program has been transitioning to ACHA DI for the past few seasons, during that period DU recorded three straight ACHA DII Championships. The 2010-11 season is the program’s first season as a ACHA DI team and first in the new all-Michigan, Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League (GLCHL). The DU Panthers enter the series after a 2 game series against ACHA DII Central Michigan. DU won the series 2 games to none and outscored the Chippewas 20-1.

DU Players to watch:
Fr. F Adam Kuhn (Wichita Falls Wildcats, NAHL) leads DU in pts (6) and goals (5)
Jr D Kevin Brojek leads DU in assits (5) and tied for 2nd in pts (5)
Sr. F Bobby Collar is 2nd in goals (3) and tied for 2nd in pts (5)
Fr. G Joe Delia (St. Michael's Buzzers, OJHL) 1-0 0.00ga, 1.00svp
Fr. G Phil Graveline (Motor City Metal Jackets, NAHL) 1-0, 1.00ga .929svp

All-time Series Stats against Davenport:
At Lindenwood 1-1-0
At Davenport 0-0-0
At Neutral Loc. 2-2-0

Series game records:
11/30/03 @ Chicago IL., W 5-4 ot
11/28/04 @ Chicago IL., L 2-3 ot
9/29/06 Home, L 1-4
9/30/06 Home, W 5-3
1/19/10 @ Tempe AZ., L 4-5 ot
1/20/10 @ Tempe AZ., W 4-1

Blueshockey2* 09-22-2010 07:12 PM

Spradling used to play inline hockey for my dad about 10-12 years ago.

Played hs hockey against Gorzsycka,Gardner,Spradling

sbkbghockey 09-22-2010 08:58 PM


Originally Posted by Openicehit6 (Post 27892906)
Spradling used to play inline hockey for my dad about 10-12 years ago.

Played hs hockey against Gorzsycka,Gardner,Spradling

The guys you mentioned have all be quality players for LU the past few seasons. They have recruited a lot of guys from the local St. Louis from the Jr. Blues, AAA Blues, and St. Louis Bandits so it's always nice to see the local guys producing. Plus a deep roster filled out with Canadian players and a few Swedes.

Redgren Grumbholdt 09-22-2010 09:56 PM

Is LU hockey going DIII when the rest of the school goes DII?

Bluesfreak74* 09-22-2010 10:16 PM

I remember watching Lindenwood kill Illinois last year before my game. If it wasn't such a long drive, I would definitely make more trips out there to watch them.

sbkbghockey 09-22-2010 10:50 PM


Originally Posted by Hustle and Flow (Post 27898291)
Is LU hockey going DIII when the rest of the school goes DII?

No, They want to go DI. About 6-10 years ago they wanted to join the NCAA DI for men's and women's hockey but remain in the NAIA for all their other sports- the NCAA denied that. Now they're finally moving to the NCAA for 26 sports, for hockey to be DIII they'd have to give up scholarships (right now at the NAIA/ACHA called "LU Grants" ((for academics ;))), plus DII teams playing down can't participate in NCAA DIII Championship Tournaments (and LU at hockey all sports loves championships).

The Women's team is moving to NCAA DI and men's most likely will in a few years. The women can play in the ACHA DI until 2012 (like the other LU sports playing in the NAIA til '12) then a full season of NCAA play but not eligible for post season play and a full NCAA member by 2013.

The men's team is a bit stuck right now:
1) the current 1,000-seat LU Ice Arena in Wentzville is too small for NCAA men's DI hockey. In the past the Univ. has explored building a new 4-5,000-seat ice arena on campus or taking over the 9,500-seat Family Arena from the city of St. Charles.
2) And teams can't play up right now. But, There's a proposed NCAA rule for Aug 2011:

The practice of allowing schools to sponsor a single sport in a different division would be eliminated, except in sports where no championship is conducted in its division. Divisions II and III schools currently taking advantage of this opportunity would not affected unless they fail to conduct the sport in Division I for any ensuing year.
3) the other option is that the university has plan to continue to grow academically and athletically and there's been some rumors that their time in DII will be the minimal 5 years, plus reclassification period, until the entire athletic department moves to Division I.

Until then Lindenwood is stuck in ACHA DI

sbkbghockey 10-15-2010 12:02 AM

Lindenwood University Women’s Hockey Home Opener this weekend for a Saturday-Sunday series. 10/16/10 at 7pm and 10/17/10 at 12pm.

Lindenwood Lady Lions return home to the LU Ice Arena in Wentzville after a five game Big 10 road trip to start the 2010-11 season. LU traveled to State College, PA to take on Penn State, another program that will move to the NCAA in 2012. The Lady Lions swept PSU in the three game series with 2-0, 6-1, and 2-1 wins. Kayetoinette Stock (JR) picked up the first shutout of the season stopping all 17 Nittany Lion shots on Friday night’s game.

Last weekend the Lady Lions visited Michigan State in a two game series that was a rematch of the 2010 National Championship Game in which LU came out on top 2-0. After a scoreless first period last Saturday the Spartans scored in the second period on the power play. Lindenwood followed by two even strength goals in the second period but MSU scored two unanswered goals, a tying goal in the third and OT goal. Despite the 2-3 OT loss LU pounded the Spartan Net with 66 shots. The Lady Lions responded last Sunday by scoring two goals in the first period and adding another in the third. To win 3-2 and split the weekend.

Robert Morris comes into the series after opening the 2010-11 season on a Canadian road trip (9/22-9/25/10). Losing three straight games to CIS opponents: University of Western Ontario, University of Guelph, and York University. The road trip included a 1-13 loss to the Guelph Gryphons, RMU was out shot 4-55. Robert Morris came away with a 1-6 loss against the York Lions, their only goal coming shorthanded.

Last weekend the Eagles opened ACHA and CCWHL play at Northern Michigan. RMU burnt out the goal lights of the Berry Event Center with 21-1 and 23-0 wins over NMU. Danielle McCutcheon (SR) picked up 6 goals and 4 assists for 10 points in the 21-1 win. The next night the Eagles continued their dominating performance against the Wildcats. McCutcheon picked up 15 points that included 7 goals and 8 assists. Goaltender Anna
Salvaggio (FR) picked up a shutout in her first collegiate game action in the 23-0 victory.

Robert Morris (2-0-0-0 overall, league) is currently in a 3-way tie for 1st place with Grand Valley State and Michigan in the CCWHL with 4 pts. Lindenwood (4-0-0-1 overall, 1-0-0-1 league) is tied with Michigan State for 2nd in the league with 3 pts.

Last season LU finished with a record of 5-0-1 against RMU with a combined 15 goals for and 9 goals against. The Lady Lions last loss to the Eagles on 10/3/08, 0-3 at RMU.
In addition to regular season and league rivals, the two programs have a championship history. LU and RMU both participated in the 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 ACHA Women’s DI National Championship games, RMU won the 2007 game and LU won the 2006, 2008, 2009 games. In 2010 RMU finished 3rd.

New Faces
The Lady Lions are a much different team from previous years. As part of the programs transition to the NCAA LU adds 6 freshman. Samantha Redick (FR) is the team’s leading scorer with 4 goals and leads in total points with 5. Allysson Arcibal (FR) is tied for second in points with 4 and ranks second on the team in assists with 3. Kelsey Talbot (FR) is tied for third in total points and ranked second in goals with 3.

sbkbghockey 12-22-2010 09:33 PM

Mid-season update
Lindenwood Men
Rick Zombo, ex Blues Defenseman from 1991-95 and first-year head coach, has LU continuing it's dominance of non-NCAA hockey. The Lions go into Christmas Break riding a 16-game winning streak. LU's only loss coming at the hands of (#16) Davenport University back on 9/25/10 2-3. Lindenwood is ranked 1st in ACHA DI with a record of 17-1-0 and also leads the CSCHL with a perfect 6-0 conference record. Through 18 games the Lions are outscoring opponents 103-37. LU has not dropped out of the 1st place ranking all season. Davenport has been on their heals all season ranked at #2 through most of the season, except for the pre-season poll ranked Low at #16.

Cory Spradling (Sr.) leads the Lions in goals, and has racked up 25 goals,11 assists, and 36 points and total points through 18 games. Grant Gorczyca (So.) leads the Lions in assists with 13 goals, 32 assists, and 45 points in 18 games. Gorczyca also leads the team in +/- with a +31. In addition all active players are in the 0 and above for +/-.

Next Games are at home in Wentzville vs. rival University of Illinois on 1/7/2011 at 7:30pm and on 1/8/11 at 4pm. The Fighting Illini are ranked #13 and have a record of 11-6-1.

Lindenwood Women
LU Women's hockey is also off to a fast start with a record of 17-1-1. The Lady Lions have not lost in regulation, with their single loss came in OT to (#2) Michigan State 2-3. LU's only tie came on the road 1-1 vs. (#3) Grand Valley State. The Lady Lions are currently riding a 10-game winning streak going into Christmas Break. Through 19 games Lindenwood is outscoring opponents 105-18, and has recorded 10+ goals in the past three straight games.

Brett Lobreau (So.) leads the Lady Lions in goals and total points, compiling 13 goals, 10 assists and 23 points in 19 games. Senior captain Lisa Moreau and Shea Crawford (Sr.) are tied for assists on the team with 12 each. In addition the team has balanced scoring with 15 players having 10+ points.

Next Games are a pair on the road in Minneapolis, MN on 1/8/11 and 1/9/11 against Augsburg College (NCAA DIII). AC is 0-8-1 and unranked in the NCAA DIII. Next home series is on 1/14/11-1/15/11 against the University of Rhode Island. URI is ranked #3 and has a record of 9-3-2.

h22prelude93 12-23-2010 12:33 AM


Originally Posted by Blueshockey2* (Post 27892906)
Spradling used to play inline hockey for my dad about 10-12 years ago.

Played hs hockey against Gorzsycka,Gardner,Spradling

I use to play inline with Cory...Which team did your dad coach?

Prussian_Blue 12-23-2010 12:45 PM

It would sure be nice to have D1 hockey in this area... now if someone could figure out a way to bring the USHL back (preferably in a nice new building in Madison County)...

Murphy9 12-23-2010 01:11 PM

Want to a couple of Lindenwood games last year(My brother goes there).Was pretty fun.Would be even better if they do D1

sbkbghockey 01-02-2011 03:51 PM

LU Men's Ice Hockey vs. St. Louis Blues Alumni Charity Game -Jan. 9

The two-time defending ACHA Division I National Champion Lindenwood menís ice hockey team will hold its annual charity game against the St. Louis Blues Alumni on Jan. 9 at 1 p.m. at the Lindenwood Ice Arena in Wentzville, Mo. Game proceeds will benefit the DASA Jr. Blues Sled Hockey Program.

The former Blues players will have a friendly contest against a Lindenwood squad that is currently 17-1-0 on the season and riding a 16-game winning streak. The Lions are ranked No. 1 in the latest ACHA Division I national poll.

Tickets for the Alumni game are $5 and can be purchased at the Wentzville Ice Rink the day of the event. A limited number of VIP Tickets will be available for $25. VIP Tickets will include a private meet and greet with current St Louis Blues players and lunch. VIP tickets must be purchased by January 3. VIP tickets will not be available at the door.

Two special VIP Coaches tickets will be available for $150. VIP Coaches have the opportunity to be behind the bench with the Alumni Team.

One special Blues fan can lace up their skates and hit the ice with their favorite Blues heroes, for a $1500 contribution to the DASA Jr. Blues Sled Hockey Program.

The game will be a part of St. Louisí Sled Hockey Tournament, hosted by Disabled Athlete Sports Association (DASA). The DASA Jr. Blues Sled Hockey Program has developed several players that have moved on to make the USA National 20U team and the USA National Paralympic Team.

For more information about the Alumni Game and the DASA Jr. Blues Sled Hockey Program, please visit www.dasasports.org. To reserve VIP tickets, call the DASA office at 636.477.0716 or Jane Baum at Jbaum@lindenwood.edu, or 636-949-4427.

sbkbghockey 09-24-2011 12:36 PM

Lindenwood Hockey gets back in Action this week.

Women's Hockey
Season Preview:
Women's team is moving up to the NCAA National Collegiate level (DI and DII women's hockey programs) The Lady Lions will play an NCAA independent schedule: 22 games against DI, 7 games against DIII and 5 games against former ACHA DI rivals Robert Morris (IL) and Grand Valley State. Last season the Lady Lions finished with a conference record and overall record of 33-3-2. The team won a fourth consecutive CCWHA title in a 3-0 win over Grand Valley State. In the ACHA Women's DI Championship Tournament, Lindenwood swept through pool play with wins over Michigan, GVSU and Rhode Island before losing to Michigan State in the Semifinal round. LU took third place in the tournament.

Lindenwood Women's Hockey opens the season at Wisconsin this weekend. The Badgers are Defending DI National Champions, the Badgers won an NCAA record 37 games last season.

Roster Changes:
The Lady Lions return only 9 players and will have 14 freshmen on the roster this season, including 2 freshmen goaltenders. Wisconsin set a NCAA record last season with 37 wins, and won its fourth NCAA National Championship over the last six years. LU women's hockey has recorded 1 loss against an NCAA DI opponent, 9-4-1 against NCAA DIII opponents, and 231-21-10 against ACHA opponents.
Lindenwood returns Kelsey Talbot who lead the team in points last season as a freshman with 26 goals, 25 assists in 35 games. Brett Lobreau was second on the team with 24 goals and 22 assists in 35 games.

Key Games:
It's hard to pick specific games since it is LU's first test of the NCAA level. Wisconsin series will give Lindenwood players and coaches an idea of how they compare to the best NCAA teams and where they need to go. Mercyhurst series on 10/28/11 and 10/29/11 will mark LU's first home games at the NCAA level. 1/4/12 at University of North Dakota will also be another big test for the Lady Lions. Lindenwood women's will have a total of 9 home games, two each vs. Division I opponents Mercyhurst and Robert Morris (PA) and five games vs. ACHA rivals Robert Morris (IL) and Grand Valley State.

Conference Coming Soon:
This week Lindenwood announced it had submitted an application to join College Hockey America (CHA) for the 2012-13 season. If accepted LU would join Penn State's women's program next season with the CHA's four current members, Mercyhurst, Niagara, Syracuse, and Robert Morris (PA) to make a six team conference giving the CHA an auto bid to the Women's NCAA Tournament.

Note: LU is ineligible for NCAA post season play during the university's NAIA-NCAA transition period.

Men's Hockey
Roster Changes
LU returns 10 players after losing 11 from the 2010-11 season, including Cory Spradling (35g 43a 78pts in 36 games), 2011 ACHA Player of the Year. LU's Robi Cavallari is also among the 2011 graduating class. Cavallari posted a 24-4-0 record last season (2180 mins, 1.88 GAA, .918 SV%)

The men's roster will see 11 freshmen and 4 transfers. Key newcomers include freshmen goaltender Kirk Coswell who posted a record with the Portage Terriers (MJHL). Coswell posted a 16-12-0 record, a 2.75 GAA and .907 SV%. Freshman forward Steve Brancheau put up 28 goals and 43 assists with the Motor City Metal Jackets (NAHL) the 71 pts was good for second on the team and third in the league. Nick Carey highly touted offensive defenseman joins the team from the St. Louis Bandits (NAHL). He finished the season with 10 goals and 27 assists in 57 games, fifth on the team in scoring.

Season Preview
Ex Blues defenseman, Rick Zombo enters his second season as Lindenwood's head coach, in his first season behind the bench the Lions posted a record of 34-4-0. The team won the 2010-11 CSCHL regular season title and swept through the early rounds of the 2011 ACHA Division I Championship before losing to Davenport University (MI) 2-3 in overtime in the National Championship. The 2011-12 season opens up on 9/30/11 with a home series vs. Minot State University. The Beavers finished ranked 9th in ACHA DI with a record of 27-2-4 last season Minot State comes into the series against LU after splitting an exhibition series with Briercrest College (Canada). The Beavers lost 3-4 in overtime on 9/16/11 and won 6-1 on 9/17/11.

Key Games:
LU faces tough road trips to Tempe AZ to face Arizona State University on Oct. 14th and 15th and on November 4th and 5th games in Norman, OK vs. Oklahoma Sooners. LU will get a chance to revenge it's loss in the Championship at Davenport in Grand Rapids, MI on 11/12 and 11/13/11. The Panthers
LU faces tough road trips to Tempe AZ to face Arizona State University on Oct. 14th and 15th and on November 4th and 5th games in Norman, OK vs. Oklahoma Sooners. LU will get a chance to revenge it's loss in the Championship at Davenport in Grand Rapids, MI on 11/12 and 11/13/11. Last season the two teams split the regular season series with LU picking up a shootout win and DU winning game II 3-2; and finally clinching the ACHA Championship by the same score in the first overtime

sbkbghockey 01-20-2012 03:26 PM

Ted Sator Joins Lindenwood Men's Ice Hockey Coaching Staff.
Earlier this week, Lindenwood announced the addition of Ted Sator as an assistant coach of the men's ice hockey team. Sator is a long time coach and has over 30 years of coaching experience; including in the NHL, minor pro, European pro, and international tournaments. Sator has St. Louis connections, he served as an assistant coach for the Blues for from 1993-1995. Sator also has connections to LU's head coach, Rick Zombo, who played for the Blues during the time Sator was on the Blues' coaching staff.


sbkbghockey 09-28-2012 12:56 PM

NHL lockout fever? Lindenwood hockey starts is weekend!

Women's Hockey
Season Preview:

Women's team is starting its second season at the NCAA National Collegiate level (DI and DII women's hockey programs) The Lady Lions will play their first NCAA conference schedule this season as one of three new members of College Hockey America (CHA). Lindenwood finished its first NCAA season with an 8-21-0. record but LU finished the season on a seven-game win streak. Lindenwood will play four games against each CHA opponent, two on the road and host all CHA opponents at home for two games. LU's non-conference schedule is heavy on WCHA teams, with 14 games against members of the WCHA.

Lindenwood Women's Hockey opens the season at Ohio State this weekend in the first meeting of each teams.

Roster Changes:
The Lady Lions returns 16 players and adds five freshmen and two transfers to the 2012-13 roster. Senior Brett Lobreau will serve as captain for the second season and Allysson Arcibal was named as an assistant captain. LU returns its leading scorer from last season, Alison Wickenheiser led the team with 19 goals, 17 assists. Alyssa West was second on the team with 24 pts, including 16 assists and Allysson Arcibal had 12 goals and 12 assists. The three will play together on the same line as last season, known as the AAA line. The Lady Lions return goaltender Taylor Fairchild as the starting goalie. She saw a lot of rubber last season was one of the save leaders in the NCAA last season with 984 saves. In addition she had a 6.62 GAA and a .865 save percentage in 25 games.

Junior Forward Jocelyn Slattery joins the team from the University of Connecticut. Slattery appeared in 34 games for UConn and finished third on the team with six goals and eight assists. Chelsea Witwicke comes to Lindenwood from Niagara University. She had four assists in 28 games on the blue line for the Purple Eagles. Witwicke adds experience in CHA as LU looks to pick up its first conference win, Witwicke saw action in all 12 conference games for NU.

Key Games:
Lindenwood will host #2 Wisconsin for a two game series next weekend (Oct. 6 and 7). Wisconsin hosted Lindenwood last season as the first NCAA DI games for the Lady Lions and absolutely destroyed LU. This season Lindenwood will look to improve against an elite program and stay competitive against the Badgers. Nov. 16 and 17 Lindenwood will host Penn State, it is Penn State's first season at the NCAA level after moving it's men's and women's teams to the NCAA from ACHA, much like Lindenwood last season, this is a big transition year for Penn State. The two teams were both ACHA powerhouses and will continue their rivalry in the CHA. In another battle against a top NCAA program, North Dakota will visit Lindenwood on Jan. 4 and 5, 2013. The Fighting Sioux shutout Lindenwood in one game at Ralph Engelstad Arena last season.

Welcome to the CHA:
Lindenwood is one of three new members of the College Hockey America (CHA) for the 2012-13 season. LU joins Penn State and RIT as new members, both other members are elevating their programs to the NCAA DI-DII level. RIT was a top DIII program and Penn State a top ACHA rival of Lindenwood. The new-look CHA also lost a member when Niagara announced it would drop NCAA women's hockey last year. Lindenwood was winless against members of the CHA last season when they played Mercyhurst, Robert Morris (PA), and Syracuse.

Note: LU is ineligible for NCAA post season play during the university's NAIA-NCAA transition period.

Men's Hockey
Roster Changes

LU has some key departures from the 2011-12 season, including captain Colin Long, assistant captain Brett Morrell and Tyler Bowman. All three were important members of the team on the blue line and saw over 25 minutes of action. Long and Morrell were both ACHA All-Americans. Sophomore Nick Carey (St. Louis Bandits) is the leading returning scorer for defensemen, he will likely see increased special teams time to fill the large voids by Morrell and Long on the power play. Barclay Berner (St. Louis Jr. Blues) leads all returning defensemen in +/- with a +15 and will likely see more time on the penalty kill for the Lions. LU brings in some key freshmen and transfers that will likely play impact roles this season, freshmen Ryan Bakken (Langley Rivermen), Taylor Wolfe (St. Louis Bandits), and Daniel Walcott (New Trier HS) will join transfer Nick Chandler (New England College NCAA DIII) on defense for Lindenwood. The new look defense corps also includes Freshman Will Quillman (St. Louis Jr. Blues), Brennan Devers (CBC HS) and Junior Shawn Wybenga (Paris Mounties).

Lindenwood returns its top four scorers from last season. Seniors Neeco Belanger, Jeremy Meletii, Grant Gorczyca and sophomore Steve Brancheau will play big roles for LU this season. Belanger led the Lions in scoring last season with 21 goals and 24 assists; Gorczyca was second on the team in goals with 20 while Brancheau was second in assists with 25. Lindenwood Darnell Dyck was a top scorer for Langley Rivermen with 19 goals and 46 assists and in the top 25 in the BCHL last season. Steven Bopp (St. Louis Bandits) will also play a big role for the Lions. LU also adds two hard-hitting forwards that will likely see time on momentum swing 3rd and 4th lines. Cody Barra comes to LU from the Rochester and David Scott joins from the ACHA DII/JV team.

A pair of sophomore goaltenders return for the Lions. Linus Ahgren finished last season with an 8‐2‐0 record, 2.00 GAA and .907 save percentage. Kirk Croswell finished with a 6‐1‐0 record including a 2.14 GAA and .914 save percentage.

Season Preview
Ex Blues defenseman, Rick Zombo enters his third season as Lindenwood's head coach and is joined by former Blues head coach and long time coach at the NHL and International levels, Ted Sator. Mark Abney enters his ninth season as an assistant coach.

Despite going undefeated in conference play and winning the CSCHL regular season and playoff championships, the team was handed its earliest exit from the ACHA tournament in multiple seasons when the Lions lost to eventual 2012 National Champion, Delaware in the semifinal round. LU looks to improve on last year and enters the season ranked second to the Blue Hens. Lindenwood begins the season with Central Oklahoma at home on Sept 28 and 29. The 2012‐13 schedule has 26 of 28 regular season games against teams in the top 14 in the pre‐season poll.

Key Games:
LU faces a tough road trip to Tempe AZ to face Arizona State University on Oct. 12 and 13. The Sun Devils are one of the most improved teams in the ACHA for 2012-13 and added Jr. A, NCAA DIII and NCAA DI talent to their roster. The following series is a home series against rival Oklahoma Sooners. Oklahoma is also one of the most improved teams with Jr. A and NCAA talent coming into Norman this season. LU will get a chance to revenge it's losses against the Sooners, last season Oklahoma had LU's number last season and handed LU 3 of its 5 losses. Delaware already was upset by Navy last weekend and has not recruited like other top 5-ranked teams. Lindenwood, Oklahoma, and Arizona State will likely battle for top rankings and the National Championship.

STLBLUES44 10-09-2012 09:09 PM

this is more for SLU but there's no reason that chaifetz shouldn't support hockey. There's so much talent coming out of St. louis these days that it's ridiculous. If SLU had a D1 hockey team playing in a great venue like chaifetz and adding all the talent from here would be awesome. Obviously they would start off as a lower level D1 team but with a venue like chaifetz and st.louis being a fun place to live with alot of real hockey fans they would sell tickets to these games and when players come in for visits and stuff they could see the arena, the fan support and would want to be a part of the up and coming program. Not to mention all the NHL alumni that still live in the st. louis area and could help grow the program as well by helping with recruiting and donations to the program etc...

bluemandan 10-09-2012 09:24 PM

I will be rooting for whoever Lindenwood plays against.

I went to an NAIA for college, and Lindenwood was a rival. Such sore losers after we kicked their butts in volleyball. It was so funny, you would think since we were defending national NAIA champions they wouldn't be so upset to lose to us, but man were they sore.

Now, D1 SLU hockey is something I could get behind.

Bluesman91 10-09-2012 10:07 PM

Used to play at Oakville with Tim Gardner and Pat Maroon (even though he never played at Lindenwood). Well tryouts at least lol I was a freshmen when they were Juniors plus I was a goalie. Actually Timmy showed up the the Oakville hockey alumni game and was just miles ahead better than everyone else that showed up.

bleedblue1223 10-10-2012 07:14 AM


Originally Posted by bluemandan (Post 54878973)
I will be rooting for whoever Lindenwood plays against.

I went to an NAIA for college, and Lindenwood was a rival. Such sore losers after we kicked their butts in volleyball. It was so funny, you would think since we were defending national NAIA champions they wouldn't be so upset to lose to us, but man were they sore.

Now, D1 SLU hockey is something I could get behind.

Haha, I'm the same with lacrosse.

sbkbghockey 10-02-2013 12:30 PM

LU Men's Hockey Season Breakdown
For those College Hockey fans in the St. Louis area, here's my yearly pre-season breakdown of the Lindenwood Men's Ice Hockey Team. For those hockey fans that haven't made a trip to see the team play, it's worth the short drive west. Free parking, cheap tickets, and a fun atmosphere that puts fans close to the action.

2012-2013 Record: (16-13-4)

2013-14 Record (1-1-0)

Last Weekend: Lindenwood are ranked thirds in the first ACHA Division I rankings, the team opened the 2013-14 season on the road against the University of Central Oklahoma. The Lions defeated the Bronchos 4-2 in the first game but fell 5-0 in the second game after a penalty filled second period.

This Weekend the Lions host the #5 Oklahoma Sooners for a two-game home-opening series at the Lindenwood Ice Arena in Wentzville, Mo. The Ice Arena is a short 20 minute drive from most of Western St. Louis Co. and St. Charles Co., located near I-70 and I-64/Rt61 interchange and the Wentzville Parkway exit of Rt. 61 at 910 Main Plaza Drive, Wentzville, MO 63385. Game times for the home opening series is 7:00 p.m. Friday and 4:00 p.m. Saturday.

The Lions have become one of the traditional powerhouse teams in ACHA Division I, despite only starting hockey in 2003. The Lions are one of a total of 11 schools that have won the ACHA Men's Division 1 National Championship. Only five teams have won multiple championships, including Lindenwood. The Lions have played in five of the last six Men's Division I National Championship games and lifted the Murdoch Cup twice in 2009 and 2010.

Despite a poor overall record, a combination of heavy hits to graduation/a young team as well as the overall ACHA Division I competition rising with the growth of junior hockey in the US and lack of growth at the NCAA levels. The team played one of the toughest schedules in the ACHA last season in arguably one of the hardest conferences, the Central States Collegiate Hockey League (CSCHL). The Lions peaked at the right moment and that lead to a 5-2 win over #8 Davenport, a 5-4 win over #1 Adrian College, 6-4 win over #2 Arizona State in the 2013 ACHA Men's DI National Championship tournament. The Lions reached the championship game but fell 5-9 to Minot State.

The Lions have an experienced coaching staff; the team is led by head coach Rick Zombo, an NHL veteran defenseman for the St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings. Coach Zombo is supported by longtime assistant coach Mark Abney enters his 10th season with the team, and former Blues Head Coach/long-time NHL, Euro professional and National team coach Ted Sator returns for another season on the coaching staff. The experienced coaching staff will look to push and mold the young team and continue to instill a winning Lindenwood tradition into the new additions.

Coach: Rick Zombo (4th Season, 72-22-4)

Key Losses:
Lindenwood lost a lot to graduation over the past few season, including top scorer Grant Gorczyca and captain Cam Chinnery.

Other losses include:
Daniel Walcott, a highly touted defenseman out of Chicago, Walcott signed with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (QMJHL) and already has 2 Goals, 2 Assists and a +7 in 6 Games.
Joe Kalisz was originally committed to UCONN (NCAA DI) and joined the team in the second semester and added some additional firepower to the lineup, Kalisz left LU to join University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (NCAA DIII).
Darnell Dyck: a high scoring, speedy forward racked up 10 Goals and 11 Assists last season. The native of Chilliwack, British Columbia left LU to play for Selkirk College (Canada).

New Additions:
Adam Newkirk: D, Blind Rivers Beavers (NOJHL). 48 Games, 7 Goals, 18 Assists
Kevin Walters: D, Boston Jr. Bandits (EJHL): 43 Games, 6 Goals, 13 Assists
Ryan Brown: 6'4' power forward, Tennyson (MWJHL), 35 Games, 23 Goals and 34 Assists.
Jeremy Edwards: F (St. Louis Jr. Blues (NA3HL), 51 Games, 16 Goals and 16 Assists
Daniel Rosse: F, Fresno Monsters (NAHL) 5 Goals and 6 Assists. 2011-12 season: 25 Goals, 27 Assists with St. Louis Jr. Blues (NA3HL)
Brandon Rumble: D, Helena Bighorns (AWHL), 11 Goals, 36 Assists.
Jesper Fransson: F, Vaxjo J20 (SuperElit), 2 Goals, 5 Assists
Christoffer Lowenhielm: F, Tingsryds J20 (SuperElit), 2 Goals, 4 Assists
John Petersson: D, Helena Bighorns (AWHL), 45 Games, 8 Goals, 32 Assists
Thomas Emery: D, Tennyson (MWJHL), 21 Games, 2 Goals and 13 Assists.
Luke Daniels: F, St. Louis Jr. Blues (NA3HL), 49 Games, 20 Goals, 20 Assists

Top Returning Scorers:

Steve Brancheau: 66 Games, 27 Goals, 41 Assists, 68 Points
Taylor Wolfe: 30 Games, 5 Goals, 20 Assists, 14 Points
Stephen Bopp: 32 Games, 8 Goals, 8 Assists, 16 Points
Peppi Sipila: 68 Games, 16 Goals, 16 Assists, 32 Points
Nick Carey: 62 Games, 5 Goals, 22 Assists, 27 Points

Between the Pipes:

The Lions return all of their goaltenders from last season, Linus Ahgren, Kirk Croswell, and Trey Flesch. The team also added a fourth goaltender, Cody Karpinski (Brockville Braves, CCHL). Ahgren went 8-5-0 in net for the Lions with a 3.76 goals against average and an .884 save percentage. Croswell finished with a 7-11-0 record, 2.89 GAA and .888 save percentage. Mid-season addition, Flesch went 1-1-0 with a 3.24 GAA and an .886 save percentage.

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