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Inside the SECHC: LSU Tigers Hit Mid Season Mark

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
As part of our commitment to hockey in Tennessee and the mid-South Region, will be hosting a weekly "Inside the SECHC" feature. Check back every Friday for the latest information and results from around the conference.

Current Records
Kentucky (D2)
Mississippi State
South Carolina

For more on the SECHC, check out the conference's website.'s SECHC coverage continues this week with a mid season LSU Tigers review.

Last Week’s SECHC Results:

November 13
Florida 6, South Carolina 4
Tennessee 6, Georgia 3
Kentucky 11, Eastern Illinois 2
Alabama 5, Florida State 2

November 14
Florida 8, South Carolina 4
Kentucky 10, Eastern Illinois 7
Florida State 3, Alabama 2
Tennessee 9, Georgia Tech 7
Vanderbilt @ Louisville

This Week's SECHC Schedule:
Saturday, Nov. 21 University of Arkansas @ LSU (3:00pm, Leo's Iceland Baton Rouge, LA)
Saturday, Nov. 21 University of Kentucky @ University of Illinois (4:20 pm, University of Illinois Ice Arena, Campaign, Ill)
Saturday, Nov. 21 University of Tennessee vs. Christopher Newport (5:15pm, Triangle Sportsplex Hilsborough, NC- Sapikowski Tournament hosted by the University of North Carolina)
Saturday, Nov. 21 University of South Carolina vs. Loyola College of Maryland (8:30pm, Triangle Sportsplex Hilsborough, NC- Sapikowski Tournament hosted by the University of North Carolina)
Saturday, Nov. 21 University of Georgia @ Georgia Tech (9:15pm, Duluth IceForum Duluth, GA)
Sunday, Nov. 22 University of South Carolina vs. Position/TBD (TBA, Triangle Sportsplex Hilsborough, NC- Sapikowski Tournament hosted by the University of North Carolina)
Sunday, Nov. 22 University of Georgia @ South Florida (8:30pm, Augusta Ice Sports Augusta, GA)
Monday, Nov. 23 Ole Miss @ Mississippi State (7:00 pm, BancorpSouth Arena Tupelo, MS)

LSU Midseason Review:
The LSU Tigers close out the first half of their 2009-10 season with a doubleheader vs. the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Tigers dropped both games to the Hogs last season in Fayetteville and will look to even the series. The Tigers are riding a 3-game winning streak into the contest after hard fought wins against Ole Miss and Tulane. “We’re hoping to pull out a couple of tough wins against a very good, ranked Arkansas team to head into the break at .500” said Coach Lenny Alsfeld.

The Tigers play has been steadily improving over the first half of the season. On offense, Alternate Team Captain Michael Tymchak continues to lead the Tigers in overall team point production. Team Captain Mike Mayeux is seeing more ice time as he continues to see duty on both offense and defense, giving the Tigers a strong threat at both ends of the ice. Rotating line combinations of Seniors Rhett Richardson, Brandon Hicks, Christophe Philippon, and Sophomore Kevin Leger have been instrumental in the Tigers recent run with each contributing strong play. In addition, the first year line of Grant Swonke, Brandon Holy, and Kaleb Futch continues to gel as a unit showing great hockey sense in adapting to the speed of the college game. “The freshmen on that line all have a good feel for each other’s positioning and that has resulted in some good cycling for us in the offensive zone as well as pucks in the net” says Alsfeld.

On defense, a strong crop of freshman blueliners have has provided much improved defense for the Tigers. Trevor Otter has improved his play at both ends of the ice. Otter scored a couple of pivotal goals in the Tigers wins versus Ole Miss. Mid-semester addition Kaleb Price has also provided some critical quarterbacking on the power play as playing a key role on the penalty kill. Lance Maffucio also provides and offensive spark jumping on key opportunities to join the forwards rushing up ice. Patrick Bloom and Danny Modzelewski both continue to see increases in playing time as the Tigers gain balance in on-ice situations. The only senior on defense, Mac Alsfeld continues to provide much-needed veteran leadership for a young defensive core and as always, maintains a physical presence with opposing players.

Goaltender Rusty Ware continues to show marked improvement especially late in close games, winning two in overtime, one of those by holding Ole Miss to one goal in a 6-5 shootout win – the first in LSU Club history. The Tigers are expecting to add a one-two punch in net when Senior goaltender Adam McCreary rejoins the team in January.

The Tigers are well-positioned entering the second half of the season. The Tigers have a handful of quality prospects that will join the team for the second half of the season as new students to LSU. An early semester road trip to Atlanta will have the Tigers in a rematch with the Georgia Bulldogs as well as a first-time matchup against Emory University. The Tigers return home for what is expected to be a hotly contested rematch against Florida State and then split their next four contests home and away with games against neighboring Mississippi State and UT-San Antonio. The Tigers won three matchups against the Bulldogs last season and fell twice to UTSA in their inaugural season. The Tigers will end the season looking to improve on their 1-1 performance in last season’s first-ever SECHC Tournament, also being held in Pelham, AL this year.

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