Lake Superior State Lakers Hockey Schedule
There is no better place to be each year when the college hockey season
gets underway and the Lake Superior State Lakers take to the ice in their quest for a Western Collegiate Hockey Association
title than in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan. Taffy Abel Ice Arena, the Lakers' home, really comes to life during home games
and the excitement in the air during a big game is palpable. Possessing one of the best home ice advantages in all of college
hockey, the Lake Superior State Lakers are especially tough beat at home. NCAA hockey is of huge importance inSault Sainte
Marie and tickets to see the Lakers play at Taffy Abel Ice Arena always sell out quickly. Get your tickets from StubHub as
soon as possible to head out to show the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks your support.
The Lakers begin their regular season
home schedule on October 5th with the first of two games against the Michigan Tech Huskies. There are several more big games
on the schedule the rest of the year at Taffy Abel Ice Arena including games against the Northern Michigan Wildcats, the Alaska
Nanooks, the Minnesota State Mavericks, the Bemidji State Beavers, the Alabama Huntsville Chargers, and the Ferris State Bulldogs.
Additionally, the Lake Superior State Lakers are set to take part in the Florida College Hockey Classic at the Germain Arena
on December 28th and 29th. There is nothing quite like being inside Taffy Abel Ice Arena for a big Lake Superior State Lakers
hockey game whether you are a long time college hockey fan or are a newcomer to the sport. There are several chances to come
out to Taffy Abel Ice Arena to catch the Lake Superior State Lakers in action during the 2014-2015 season.
The Lake Superior State Lakers hockey program has a long and storied history that dates back to 1966. The Lakers
have had their share of struggles in the WCHA in recent years, including failing to qualify for the WCHA Tournament last season,
but appear poised to turn things around in a big way this season. New head coach Damon Whitten has already implemented some
major changes that have created a new air of excitement in Sault Sainte Marie. It has been almost two decades since the Lakers
made it to the NCAA Tournament but they are ready to change that as they begin a new era in Lake Superior State Hockey.
Lake Superior State Lakers Hockey Conference
The Lakers compete in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association
which has long been one of the most competitive conferences in all of college hockey. The WCHA has won more National Championships
than any other conference in the country with a total of 36. Additionally, a school from the WCHA has finished as the national
runner up 28 times. The most recent winner of the NCAA Men's Hockey National Championship from the WCHA are the Minnesota
Duluth Bulldogs who won it on 2011. The conference has been in existence since the 1951 season and currently consists of 16
teams: the Alabama Huntsville Chargers, the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves, the Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks, the the Bemidji State
Beavers, the Bowling Green State Falcons, the Ferris State Bulldogs, the Lake Superior State Lakers, the Michigan Technological
University Huskies, the Minnesota State Mankato Mavericks,and the Northern Michigan Wildcats. Last season marked a big change
for the WCHA as many teams left for newly formed hockey conferences in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference and the Big
Ten. With new additions to the conference comes new blood and the potential for new rivalries which will grow over the years.
The WCHA remains one of the top hockey conferences in the NCAA and the go-to place for world-class college hockey.
Hockey fans in general are some of the most passionate sports fans around, but nothing quite matches
the fanaticism surrounding college hockey and Lake Superior State Lakers fans are some of the most dedicated and vociferous
fans in the entire NCAA. On game day at the Taffy Abel Ice Arena, the fans file in and take their seats when the cheering
and chanting begins. As the clock winds down closer and closer to the dropping of the puck the crowd works itself into a frenzy.
Finally both teams are ready for face off and the excitement really begins. Thunderous, bone rattling hits, incredible displays
of speed and agility, powerful slapshots, and tremendous saves set the arena on fire for the following three periods of world
class college hockey. By the time the final buzzer sounds your voice is hoarse and your palms are stinging from clapping and
giving high fives and you will already be planning a return trip.
Although the Lakers have had
some struggles in recent years, they are known as one of the best programs in the history of NCAA hockey and have won three
National Championships and made four trips to the Frozen Four.