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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Lakers add two goalies, two 'D,' forward

LSSU Press Release

Lake Superior State picked up two goaltenders, two defensemen and a forward during the spring recruiting period to complete its 10-member recruiting class.

Defensemen Andrew Perrault (Grand Coulee, Sask.) and Matt Brunteau (Omaha, Neb.) and goaltender Kevin Kapalka (Mississauga, Ont.) signed National Letters of Intent, while goaltender Niels-Erik Ravn (Boucherville, Que.) and forward Nick Shkreli (Leonard) are coming to LSSU in 2010-11 as preferred walk-ons.

They join a recruiting class that also includes fall 2009 signees Colin Campbell (6-0, 180 forward, Pickering, Ont.) and Zach Sternberg (6-0, 190 defenseman, Toronto, Ont.) and spring 2009 signees Kellan Lain (6-4, 205 forward, Oakville, Ont.), Kyle Jean (6-4, 210 forward, Sault Ste. Marie) and Dan Radke (5-10, 180 forward, Orinda, Calif.).

Sophomore forward Brett Wall, who played for the Lakers in 2008-09 and competed in the North American Hockey League in 2009-10, is returning to the squad this season.

“We lost eight seniors last year and have a class of 10 coming in,” LSSU head coach Jim Roque said. “They have really helped our depth, especially on defense where I thought we were a little thin last year. I’m excited about the goalies. Next year, we won’t be forced to recruit a goalie to replace Brian Mahoney-Wilson. They can take over when Brian leaves.

“Overall, this class is going to give us competition for spots. They will make it fierce this season. I give a lot of credit to Tim Christian and Rich Metro for bringing those guys in. Tim doesn’t take someone just to take someone. He takes his time, makes sure the player will fit into the team and have an opportunity to play. We don’t want to recruit kids to positions where there is no chance for them to play. We expect all of them to be integral parts of the team during their careers.”

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