2009–10 Season Recap

In the team’s fifth full AHA Winter season, and third at level D1, the Spiders finished the regular season with a 10–8–2 record (22 points), in a tie for fourth place. In the final game of the regular season, the Spiders stole a playoff spot from their opponent, the Fighting Ice Fish, thanks to AHA tiebreaker rules, to make their second consecutive post-season appearance in D1.

In the playoffs, the Spiders went 1–1–1 (3 points), and were eliminated by one point from advancing to the semi-final.

This was the team’s third winning season, with last year’s D1 Champion squad, and 2006–07 representing the two others.

  • Regular season standings: 10–8–2, with 22 points.
  • Post-season standings: 1–1–1, with 3 points.
  • Full season standings: 11–9–3, with 25 points.

As is the Spiders’ club tradition, like last year’s season recap, here are the season’s notes and numbers:

Note: Although the Spiders saw post-season action this year, this recap focuses on the regular season, with playoff stats indicated in italics.

Team stat highlights

Goal stats

Most goals for:
12, vs. Knights (3/28/10)
Fewest goals for:
0, vs. Fighting Piranhas (11/22/09)
Most goals for in loss:
4 (tied), vs. Lakers (11/14/09); and vs. Diablos (3/7/10)
Fewest goals for in win:
2, vs. Sled Dogs (12/20/09)
Most goals against:
9, vs. Diablos (3/7/10)
Fewest goals against:
0, vs. Sled Dogs (12/20/09)
Most goals for in a period:
6 (third period), vs. Knights (3/28/10)
Most goals against in a period:
4, vs. Wingmen (first period; 12/12/09)
Most Power-Play goals for:
1 (tied – 4 games)
Most Power-Play goals allowed:
3, vs. Chaos (10/24/09)
Most short-handed goals for:
1 (tied – 7 games)
Most short-handed goals allowed:
1 (tied – 3 games [plus one more in playoffs])
Number of games where opponent scored first:
8 (plus one more in playoffs)
Number of games where opponent scored first and Spiders won game:
2, vs. Nighthawks (2/14/10); and vs. Fighting Piranhas (3/1/10)
Number of games where Spiders scored first and Spiders lost game:
2, vs. Lakers (11/14/09); and vs. Diablos (3/7/10)
Number of games where Spiders scored first and game ended in tie:
2, vs. Maroons (3/25/10); and vs. Royals (4/8/10)
Average number of goals allowed before Spiders’ first goal in games where opponent scored first:
2.14 (2.57 including playoffs)
Quickest first Spiders’ goal:
At 16:21 (tied), 39 seconds into first period, vs. Diablos (3/7/10); vs. Maroons (3/25/10)
Latest first Spiders’ goal:
3:38 remaining in third period, vs. Chaos (10/24/09)
Quickest first opponent goal:
At 16:44, 16 seconds into first period, vs. Wingmen (12/12/09)
Latest first opponent goal (not including shutouts):
At 1:27, 15:33 into third period, vs. Fighting Ice Fish (1/17/10)
Highest number of goals allowed before Spiders scored:
3 (three times [plus once in playoffs])
Flannery (12) and Schlais (88) get to know Latterner a little better.

Results stats

Wins with one-goal margin:
1
Wins with two-goal margin:
3
Wins with three-goal margin:
1
Wins with four-goal or more margin:
5 (plus one more in playoffs)
Losses with one-goal margin:
2
Losses with two-goal margin:
2 (plus one more in playoffs)
Losses with three-goal margin:
2
Losses with four-goal or more margin:
2
Spiders vs. Fighting Piranhas

Shots stats

Most shots for:
49, vs. Nighthawks (11/7/09)
Fewest shots for:
17, vs. Chaos (10/24/09)
Most shots for in loss:
32, vs. Wingmen (12/12/09)
Fewest shots for in win:
23 (tied), vs. Sled Dogs (12/20/09), vs. Lakers (2/21/10)
Most shots against:
44, vs. Nighthawks (11/7/09)
Fewest shots against:
13, vs. Fighting Ice Fish (1/17/10)
Most shots against in win:
44, vs. Nighthawks (11/7/09)
Fewest shots against in loss:
24, vs. Lakers (11/14/09)
Most shots for in a period:
23, vs. Nighthawks (11/7/09, third period)
Fewest shots for in a period:
2, vs. Fighting Piranhas (3/1/10, first period)
Most shots against in a period:
20, vs. Fighting Piranhas (11/22/09, second period)
Fewest shots against in a period:
3, vs. Fighting Ice Fish (1/17/10, second period)
Highest shots-to-goals percentage:
48.0% (12 goals on 25 shots), vs. Knights (3/28/10)
Lowest shots-to-goals percentage (in non-shutout):
5.88% (1 goal on 17 shots), vs. Chaos (10/24/09); 5.56% in playoffs (1 goal on 18 shots), vs. Chaos (4/6/10)
Most shots blocked (in a single shift):
3, Cody Yard, vs. Fighting Ice Fish (third period, 4/1/10)

Penalty stats

Jim Tuttle, on the opening faceoff, when the score was 0–0.
Most penalties by Spiders:
10, vs. Fighting Piranhas (20 PIM; 3/1/10)
Most PIMs by Spiders:
20 PIM, vs. Fighting Piranhas (on 10 penalties; 3/1/10)
Most penalties by opponent:
9, vs. Wingmen (26 PIM; 3/13/10)
Most PIMs by opponent:
26 PIM, vs. Wingmen (on 9 penalties; 3/13/10)
Most penalties in game (both teams combined):
16, vs. Fighting Piranhas (32 PIM; 3/1/10)
Most PIMs in game (both teams combined):
36 PIM, vs. Wingmen (on 14 penalties; 3/13/10)
Number of games where Spiders had no penalties:
1, vs. Lakers (2/21/10)
Number of games where opponent had no penalties:
1, vs. Sled Dogs (3/20/10)
Number of games where Spiders had more penalties than opponent:
13 (plus 3 more in playoffs)
Number of games where Spiders had fewer penalties than opponent:
7
Number of games where Spiders and opponent had equal penalties:
0
Most frequently called penalty (including opponent penalties):
Tripping (called 42 times; plus 5 more times in the playoffs)
Most frequently called penalty (on Spiders):
24 times, for tripping (plus 3 more times in the playoffs)
(The rest: Interference – 15; Hooking – 13; Roughing – 9; Checking – 6; Holding – 5; Slashing – 5; High-sticking – 4; Cross-checking – 2; Misconduct, too many men, delay of game, throwing the stick – all 1)
Most frequently called penalty (on opponents):
18 times, for tripping (plus 2 more times in the playoffs)
(The rest: Checking – 13; Roughing – 12; Interference – 9; Hooking – 4; Slashing – 3; Cross-checking – 3; Misconduct, checking from behind, elbowing – all 1)
Spiders vs. Lakers at State Fair Coliseum

Bench stats

Largest roster:
18 skaters, vs. Fighting Ice Fish (4/1/10)
Shortest roster:
12 skaters, vs. Lakers (2/21/10)
Largest opponent roster:
17, vs. Nighthawks (11/7/09)
Shortest opponent roster:
12 (unofficial – no scratches; see AHA rule 701), vs. Knights (3/28/10)
Average Spiders roster:
14.3 skaters (Playoffs: 15 skaters)
Average opponent roster:
14.05 skaters (Playoffs: 14.67 skaters)
Largest negative roster differential:
-4 skaters, vs. Lakers (2/21/10; 16 skaters–12 skaters)
Largest positive roster differential:
+4 skaters, vs. Fighting Ice Fish (4/1/10; 18 skaters–14 skaters)
Average roster differential:
-0.25 skaters
Largest dressing rooom:
Braemar, and West Side (West Side??)
Coziest dressing “room”:
Oscar Johnson
No dressing room (or parking...)
Augsburg
Coldest ice:
Oscar Johnson (1/10/10)
Warmest ice:
New Hope North (3/20/10)
Lousiest ice:
Too many to mention (Breck [4/1/10 only], New Hope N, Richfield 1, etc.)
Number of games played on Olympic ice (200′x100′):
3
Number of wins in games played on Olympic ice:
1
Best post-game beer:
Bunny’s (4/10/10)
“Beer” at Bunny’s

“Beer” at Bunny’s

Player stat higlights

Scoring

Most goals:
12 (tied), Chris Flannery [plus 2 in playoffs; total: 14] and John Pellicci
Most assists:
13, Luke Baker [including 3 in playoffs: 15, Christian Heitzman]
Most first assists:
11, Christian Heitzman [plus 2 more in playoffs]
Most second assists:
5, Luke Baker
Most points:
21 (tied), Christian Heitzman, Luke Baker
[including 3 in playoffs: 24, Christian Heitzman]
Most goals per game:
4 (tied), Chris Flannery (2/14/10 vs. Nighthawks); John Pellicci (3/28/10 vs. Knights)
Highest average goals per game played:
1.00, Aaron Bedessem (10 goals in 10 games)
Most assists per game:
3 (tied), Luke Baker (2/14/10 vs. Nighthawks); Eric Schlais and Nick Ungaro (3/28/10 vs. Knights)
Highest average assists per game played:
0.9, Aaron Bedessem (9 assists in 10 games)
Most points per game:
6, Luke Baker (2/14/10 vs. Nighthawks)
Highest average points per game played:
1.9, Aaron Bedessem (19 points in 10 games)
Highest average points per game played (for non-sub):
1.18, John Pellicci (20 points in 17 games)
Most power-play goals (season):
1 (four-way tie)
Most short-handed goals (season):
2 (tied), Chris Flannery and Aaron Bedessem
Most game-winning goals:
2 (tied), Luke Baker, Chris Flannery and Cody Yard
Most assisted goals:
12, John Pellicci
Most unassisted goals:
4, Chris “Puck Hog” Flannery
Most frequent scoring combo:
12 goals, the line of Chris Flannery, Aaron Bedessem and Christian Heitzman

Penalties

The New Hope crowd on its feet as Baker (6) prepares for his penalty shot (attempt).
Most PIM:
Regular season: 26, Paul LaCosse (on 9 penalties; second year running; third time career)
[Including post-season: 28 (tied), Paul LaCosse (on 10 penalties) and Chris Flannery (on 14 penalties)]
Most penalties (quantity):
10, Luke Baker (20 PIM)
Including post-season: 14, Chris Flannery (28 PIM)
Most PIM per game:
14, Paul LaCosse (12/6/09)
Most penalties per game:
3, Chris Flannery (3/1/10)
Highest average PIM per game played:
1.73 per game, Paul LaCosse (closely followed by Chris Pettengill, 1.14; Luke Baker, 1.11; and Chris Flannery, 1.06)
[Including playoffs: 1.56, Paul LaCosse, (closely followed by Chris Flannery, 1.4)]
Most misconducts:
1, Paul LaCosse
Most retroactively assessed (i.e., post-game) misconducts:
0!
Most penalties leading to opponent goals (season):
3 (tied), Jim Tuttle and Luke Baker
[including playoffs: 4, Jeremy Litton]
Most offsetting (even-strength) penalties (season):
2, Ryan Herman
Fewest penalties (by non-sub):
0, Rob Droullard
Spiders vs. Lakers at State Fair Coliseum

Goaltending

Most saves per game:
43, Amber Obermoller (11/7/09, vs. Nighthawks)
Fewest saves per game:
12, Amber Obermoller (1/17/10, vs. Fighting Ice Fish)
Most saves per game in loss:
37, Amber Obermoller (10/24/09, vs. Chaos)
Fewest saves per game in win:
12, Amber Obermoller (1/17/10, vs. Fighting Ice Fish)
Most saves per game in win:
43, Amber Obermoller (11/7/09, vs. Nighthawks)
Fewest saves per game in loss:
18, Amber Obermoller (3/7/10, vs. Diablos)
Most shutouts in season:
1, Amber Obermoller (12/20/09, vs. Sled Dogs)
Highest goals against average (for non-sub, but non-full-time goalie):
5.000, Chris Pettengill
Spiders vs. Fighting Piranhas

Attendance

Most games played:
20, Christian Heitzman [plus 3 in playoffs; total: 23]
Fewest games played (by non-sub):
12, Nick Ungaro [plus 2 in playoffs; total: 14]
Most on-ice season-ending injuries:
0!
Number of games (GP per player, per game) missed due to suspension:
0!
Largest audience:
32, St. Louis Park (4/10/10)

ESPN’s Top 10 of the season:

Most-impressive goal:
Christian Heitzman’s “trickler” from the high slot, all the way through the five hole, 3/13/10, vs. Wingmen.
Most-impressive shorthanded goal:
Jim Tuttle, assist to Cody Yard, 3/1/10, vs. Fighting Piranhas.
Most-impressive goal (waved off):
Mike Johnson, five hole clean through to the back of the net, back out and covered by the goalie, vs. the Nighthawks, 2/14/10.
Most-impressive Hat Trick:
Tied: Chris Flannery, in a 3:21 span, for a Spider-first Natural Hat Trick, vs. Nighthawks, 2/14/10.
Eric Schlais, including his first AHA goal, vs. the Knights, 1/10/10, meriting one hat on the ice.
Most-impressive goal against:
Shawn Fricke, of the Diablos, unassisted, 9th goal of game, 3/7/10, shooting while getting tackled into the crease.
Least-impressive goal against:
Regular season: Cory Buschmann, of the Chaos, unassisted, 4th goal of game, 10/24/09, through “distracted” Ungaro/Litton defensive pair.
Post-season: Connie Leigh, of the Chaos, unassisted (except by Spider defenseman Litton), first goal of tied playoff game, second period, 4/6/10.
Most-impressive penalty:
Tied: Jim Tuttle, for “holding” (helping a guy up who ran into him);
Brad Caron, for “tripping” a guy 15 feet away from him. Both vs. Chaos, 1/24/10.
Most-impressive penalty (for penalty shot):
Mike Armel, for “throwing the stick,” vs. Maroons, 12/28/09.
Most-impressive save(s):
Obermoller, 2-on-0, vs. Sled Dogs, late in third period, 3/20/10.
Most-impressive save attempt (by non-goalie):
Eric Ackermann, stacking ’em, vs. the Fighting Ice Fish, 1/17/10.

Point leaders

Christian Heitzman
#9 (4-way tie), 21 points
John Pellicci
#12, 20 points

Goal-scoring leaders

Chris Flannery
#8 (6-way tie), 12 goals
John Pellicci
#9 (6-way tie), 12 goals

Assist leaders

Luke Baker
#6 (tie), 12 assists
Christian Heitzman
#7 (tie), 12 assists

Penalty minute leaders

Paul LaCosse:
#5 (tie), 26 PIM
Luke Baker:
#12 (5-way tie), 20 PIM

Goalie Stats

Amber Obermoller
  • #4 – Wins (10)
  • #4 (five-way tie) – Shutouts (1)
  • #5 – Sv% (0.884)
  • #6 – GAA (3.18)
  • #7 – GA (54)
Spiders vs. Fighting Piranhas

Game-by-game stats

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