2011–12 Season Recap

In the team’s seventh full AHA Winter season, and first at the new C3 level, the Spiders finished the regular season with a 10–7–2–1 record (23 of 40 possible points), in sixth place in C3.

The Spiders also made their fourth consecutive post-season appearance, where they went went 1–2 (2 points), beating only the Nighthawks, and losing by a goal apiece to the Wingmen and Puck Hounds.

This was the team’s fifth winning season, with 2010–11, 2009–10, 2008–09’s D1 Champion squad and 2006–07 representing the others.

  • Regular season standings: 10–7–2–1, with 23 points.
  • Post-season standings: 1–2–0, with 2 points.
  • Full season standings: 11–9–2–1, 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

Spiders vs. Fighting Ice Fish, March 14, 2012, Breck

Goal stats

Most goals for:
7, vs. Fighting Saints (11/27/2011)
Fewest goals for:
1 (three times)
Most goals for in loss:
4, vs. Wingmen (2/12/2012)
Fewest goals for in win:
2, vs. Sled Dogs (12/18/2011)
Most goals against:
6, vs. Nighthawks (11/12/2011)
Fewest goals against:
1, vs. Sled Dogs (12/18/2011)
Most goals for in a period:
5, third period vs. Fighting Saints (11/27/2011)
Most goals against in a period:
4, vs. Nighthawks (third period; 11/12/2011)
Most Power-Play goals for:
3, vs. Fighting Saints (3/10/2012) (new team record)
Most Power-Play goals allowed:
1 (seven times)
Most short-handed goals for:
1 (twice)
Most short-handed goals allowed:
0
Number of games where opponent scored first:
8 [plus two more in post-season]
Number of games where opponent scored first and Spiders won game:
5, vs. Fighting Saints (11/27/2011); vs. Fighting Ice Fish (12/4/2011); vs. Fighting Ice Fish (3/14/2012) [plus 1 more in post-season, vs. Nighthawks (4/14/2012)]
Number of games where Spiders scored first and Spiders lost game:
3, vs. Maroons (11/19/2011); vs. Wingmen (2/12/2012); vs. Maroons (3/3/2012) [plus 1 more in post-season, vs. Wingmen (4/13/2012)]
Number of games where Spiders scored first and game ended in tie:
2, vs. Royals (2/19/2012); vs. Ak Bars (3/19/2012)
Number of games where opponent scored first and game ended in tie:
0
Number of games where Spiders scored first and game ended in tie:
2
Average number of goals allowed before Spiders’ first goal in games where opponent scored first:
1.125, among eight games [2, among two games in post-season; 1.3, among all 10 games]
Average number of Spiders’ goals allowed before opponent’ first goal in games where Spiders scored first:
1.33, among 12 games [2, in one game in post-season; 1.38, among all 13 games]
Quickest first Spiders’ goal:
At 15:39, 1:21 into first period, vs. Maroons (3/3/2012), by David Lavigne.
Latest first Spiders’ goal:
At 16:13 of third period, vs. Maroons (11/19/2011), by John Pellicci.
Latest first goal in a win:
1:49 of first period, vs. Fighting Saints (11/27/2011), by George Farner. [0:01 of first period in post-season, vs. Nighthawks (4/14/2012), by Cory Vandenberghe]
Quickest first opponent goal:
At 13:23, 3:37 into first period, vs. Fighting Ice Fish (12/4/2011)
Latest first opponent goal (not including shutouts):
At 10:07, 6:53 into third period, vs. Ak Bars (3/19/2012)
Highest number of goals allowed before Spiders scored:
2, vs. Nighthawks (2/26/2012). [3, in post-season, vs. Puck Hounds (4/14/2012)]
Percentage of Spiders goals scored with a BASE™ stick:
Approximately 36%.
Spiders vs. Diablos, March 2, 2012, Wakota

Results stats

Wins with one-goal margin:
2 [plus 1 more in post-season]
Wins with two-goal margin:
2
Wins with three-goal margin:
4
Wins with four-goal margin:
1
Wins with five-goal or more margin:
1
Losses with one-goal margin:
6 [plus 2 more in post-season]
Losses with two-goal margin:
1
Losses with three-goal margin:
0
Losses with four-goal margin:
0
Losses with five-goal or more margin:
1
Longest winning streak:
5 (11/27/20111/7/2012)
Longest losing streak:
2 (twice)
Longest winless streak:
4 (2/12/20123/3/2012)
Spiders vs. Fighting Ice Fish, March 14, 2012, Breck

Shots stats

Most shots for:
60, vs. Ak Bars (3/19/2012) (new team record)
Fewest shots for:
17, vs. Fighting Piranhas (1/29/2012)
Most shots for in loss:
31 (three times)
Fewest shots for in win:
23, vs. Puck Hounds (1/7/2012)
Most shots against:
33, vs. Nighthawks (11/12/2011)
Fewest shots against:
16, vs. Ak Bars (3/19/2012)
Most shots against in win:
27 (twice), vs. Sled Dogs (12/18/2011), and vs. Fighting Saints (3/10/2012)
Fewest shots against in loss:
24, vs. Maroons (3/3/2012)
Most shots for in a period:
23, vs. Ak Bars (3/19/2012, third period)
Fewest shots for in a period:
1, vs. Fighting Piranhas (1/29/2012, first period) (tied team record)
Most shots against in a period:
17, vs. Nighthawks (11/12/2011, third period)
Fewest shots against in a period:
1, vs. Ak Bars (3/19/2012, first period) (tied team record)
Highest shots-to-goals percentage:
24.1% (7 goals on 29 shots), vs. Fighting Saints (11/27/2011)
Lowest shots-to-goals percentage (in non-shutout):
3.33% (2 goals on 60 shots), vs. Ak Bars (3/19/2012)
Spiders vs. Lakers, Jan. 22, 2012, Coliseum

Penalty stats

Most penalties by Spiders in game:
5 (five times) [plus 1 more in post-season]
Most PIMs by Spiders in game:
10 PIM (five times)
Most penalties by opponent in game:
7, vs. Fighting Saints (second year running!) (14 PIM; 3/10/2012)
Most PIMs by opponent in game:
14 PIM, vs. Fighting Saints (second year running!) (on 7 penalties; 3/10/2012)
Most penalties in game (both teams combined):
10, vs. Fighting Saints (second year running!) (20 PIM; 3/10/2012)
Most PIMs in game (both teams combined):
24 PIM, vs. Fighting Saints (second year running!) (on 10 penalties; 3/10/2012)
Number of games where Spiders had no penalties:
1
Number of games where opponent had no penalties:
4 [plus 1 more in post-season]
Number of games where Spiders had more penalties than opponent:
11 [plus 3 more in post-season]
Number of games where Spiders had fewer penalties than opponent:
8
Number of games where Spiders and opponent had equal penalties:
1
Most frequently called penalty (including opponent penalties):
Tripping (called 28 times) [plus 4 more times in post-season]
Most frequently called penalty (on Spiders):
13 times, for tripping
(The rest: Hooking – 11; Interference – 7; Cross-Checking – 5; Checking – 4; Holding and high-sticking – 3; Roughing, Slashing, Too many men, goaltender interference – 2)
[Post-season: Tripping – 3; Hooking, Roughing – 2; Cross-checking, Interference, Unsportsmanlike conduct, Body check – 1]
Most frequently called penalty (on opponents):
15 times, for tripping
(The rest: Interference – 9; Roughing – 7; High-Sticking and Hooking – 5; Checking – 4; Cross-checking, Holding, Too many men, unsportsmanlike conduct – 2; Holding the stick, elbowing, slashing, goaltender interference – 2)
[Post-season: Hooking - 2; Tripping, Too many men, Roughing, Slashing – 1]
Number of opponent penalties drawn by Schuster, Schroeder, Flying V and Rag Doll:
Too many to count.
Spiders vs. Wingmen, April 13, 2012, BIG 2

Bench stats

Largest roster:
15 skaters (four times; [plus 2 more in post-season]), vs. Ak Bars (12/11/2011), vs. Fighting Saints (3/10/2012), vs. Fighting Ice Fish (3/14/2012), vs. Ak Bars (3/19/2012), vs. Wingmen (4/13/2012), vs. Nighthawks (4/14/2012)
Shortest roster:
10 skaters, vs. Puck Hounds (1/7/2012), and vs. Nighthawks (11/12/2011; started with 11, ended with 10)
Largest opponent roster:
18, vs. Mintalar Moose (1/14/2012)
Shortest opponent roster:
11, vs. Maroons (11/19/2011)
Average Spiders roster:
13.4 skaters [14.67 in post-season; 13.57 full season]
Average opponent roster:
14.3 skaters [15.33 in post-season; 14.43 full season]
Largest negative roster differential:
-5 skaters, vs. Mintalar Moose (1/14/2012; 18 skaters–13 skaters)
Largest positive roster differential:
+2 skaters (twice), vs. Ak Bars (12/11/2011; 15 skaters–13 skaters), vs. Fighting Ice Fish (3/14/2012; 15–13)
Average roster differential:
-0.9 skaters [-1 in post-season]
Number of Ice Sages stickers seen on helmets on Spiders’ bench:
6
Number of mustaches grown in support of #Movember:
5
Number of players who wore the same jock:
3 (though laundered between uses, fortunately)
Number of players “impressed” by a leopard-skin jock:
18
Spiders vs. Sled Dogs, Dec. 18, 2011, Coliseum

Arena stats

Largest dressing rooom:
Coliseum
Coziest dressing room:
Wakota (2/2/2012), trying to squeeze in around the 12 bags of junior varsity gear, sticks, toolkits and backpacks.
Best ice:
Wakota (2/2/2012), vs. Diablos, following South St. Paul Packers/Tartan Titans varsity game.
Lousiest ice:
Drake (10/29/2011) vs. Wingmen [BIG 2 (4/13/2012) vs. Wingmen]
“Home” arena:
SLP (five games)
Number of games played on Olympic ice (200′x100′) in regular season:
0 [twice in post-season]

Player stat higlights

Spiders vs. Sled Dogs, Dec. 18, 2011, Coliseum

Scoring

Most goals:
15, David Schuster
Most assists:
13, Jason Freed [13, including post-season, Andrew Schwinn]
Most first assists:
10, Jason Freed
Most second assists:
5, Jeremy Litton [plus 1 more in post-season]; [6, including post-season, Mike Johnson]
Most points:
22, David Schuster; [23, including post-season, Jason Freed]
Most goals per game:
3, David Schuster (12/11/2011, vs. Ak Bars)
Highest average goals per game played:
1, John Pellicci (5 goals in 5 games)
Most assists per game:
4, Chris Pettengill (3/10/2012 vs. Fighting Saints)
Highest average assists per game played:
0.73, Mike Johnson (8 assists in 11 games) [0.72 including playoffs, 10 assists in 14 games]
Most points per game:
4, Chris Pettengill (3/10/2012 vs. Fighting Saints)
Highest average points per game played:
1.4, John Pellicci (7 points in 5 games)
Most power-play goals (season):
2, Andrew Schwinn
Most short-handed goals (season):
2, David Schuster
Most game-winning goals:
3, David Schuster
Most assisted goals:
14, David Schuster
Most unassisted goals:
1 (tied four ways), David Schuster, Tim Byland, Chris Pettengill, Cory Vandenberghe
Most frequent scoring combos:
15 goals, the line of David Schuster, Jason Freed and Cory Vandenberghe
Spiders vs. Ak Bars, March 19, 2012, Richfield 2.

Penalties

Most PIM:
Regular season: 18 (tied), Chris Pettengill and Paul LaCosse [plus 4 more in post-season]
Most penalties per game:
2 (tied), Chris Pettengill (three times: 11/27/2011, 2/19/2012, 3/14/2012); Paul LaCosse (twice: 11/19/2011, 2/2/2012); Eric Grotbeck (10/29/2011); David Lavigne (1/29/2012), Cory Vandenberghe (12/11/2011)
[3, in post-season; Dave Lavigne (4/14/2012)]
Highest average PIM per game played:
1.2 per game, Paul LaCosse, David Lavigne [2.0 per game, including post-season, David Lavigne]
Most misconducts:
0!
Most retroactively assessed (i.e., post-game) misconducts:
0!
Most penalties leading to opponent goals (season):
3, Mike Schroeder
Most offsetting (even-strength) penalties (season):
2, Paul LaCosse
Fewest penalties:
0, Paul Berman, George Farner, Jason Freed (second-year running!), David Schuster
Spiders vs. Puck Hounds, April 14, 2012, BIG 3.

Goaltending

Most saves per game:
28, Bill McCormick (2/26/2012, vs. Nighthawks)
Fewest saves per game:
14, Bill McCormick (3/19/2012, vs. Ak Bars)
Most saves per game in tie:
26, Bill McCormick (2/19/2012, vs. Royals)
Fewest saves per game in win:
15, Bill McCormick (11/27/2011, vs. Fighting Saints)
Most saves per game in win:
26, Bill McCormick (12/18/2011, vs. Sled Dogs)
Fewest saves per game in loss:
16, Bill McCormick (10/29/2011, vs. Wingmen; OT loss)
Most saves per game in loss:
28, Bill McCormick (2/26/2012, vs. Nighthawks)
Spiders vs. Fighting Ice Fish, March 14, 2012, at Breck.

Attendance

Most games played:
20 (tied) [plus 3 more in post-season], Eric Grotbeck (second year running!), Jason Freed and Bill McCormick
Most roster scratches:
A few, John Pellicci
Most on-ice season-ending injuries:
0 (regular season)! [0 (post-season)!]
Number of games (GP per player, per game) missed due to suspension:
0!
Number of games (GP per player, per game) missed due to snowstorm:
1 (11/19/2011)
Number of games (GP per player, per game) missed due to non-hockey sports injury:
5
Number of games (GP per player, per game) missed due to deer season:
A few
Number of games (GP per player, per game) missed due to the NFL Championship:
0 (sorry, Rob)
Number of games (GP per player, per game) missed due to having four games scheduled in one day:
1
Number of periods missed due to lousy arena sharpener skate botch:
1
Smallest audience to empty seat ratio:
1:3,400, Aldrich (12/11/2011) (note: there were at least 5 fans in attendance at the 5,250-capacity Coliseum)
Largest number of people in the arena not there to watch Spiders:
1/7/2012, SLP, for BSM first game after #Jabs injury; 2/2/2012, Wakota, following South St. Paul Packers/Tartan Titans varsity game.

Top 16 game official quotes

Spiders vs. Puck Hounds, April 14, 2012, at BIG.

The officiating crews this season had a knack for the one-liner. Some of the more memorable:

  • “I didn’t see what happened.”
  • “You won’t be taking any faceoffs the rest of the game.”
  • “Yeah, Jeremy, don’t pass the puck there.”
  • “Well, just don’t get any more penalties then!”
  • “No, no, no, no, no, this isn’t the NHL!”
  • “I can’t see through bodies.”
  • “What do you want me to do about it?”
  • “He’s just doing it to himself.”
  • “He’s gotta learn how to stop.”
  • “I can’t count as shots how many times you were wide of the net.”
  • “26: two-minutes...”
  • “Sorry, I had to drive here from Plymouth.”
  • “No, I’m sure I saw it go in.”
  • “Really, no more icings, please.”
  • “Hey, white, go get me the puck.”
  • And one unprintable due to family-friendly nature of this website, from March 4.

Point leaders

David Schuster
#9 (two-way tie), 22 points

Goal-scoring leaders

David Schuster
#5 (two-way tie), 15 goals

Assist leaders

Jason Freed
#4 (three-way tie), 13 assists
Andrew Schwinn
#6 (four-way tie), 12 assists

PIM leaders

None!

Point leaders

Jason Freed
#8 (three-way tie), 23 points

Goal-scoring leaders

David Schuster
#5 (two-way tie), 15 goals

Assist leaders

Jason Freed
#6 (five-way tie), 13 assists
Andrew Schwinn
#6 (five-way tie), 13 assists

PIM leaders

Paul LaCosse
#9 (two-way tie), 22 PIMs

Opponent leader board – regular season

Who had the Spiders’ number — to rack up their own numbers — this season?

Point leader

#37 Dan Cundiff, Nighthawks
5 points

Goal-scoring leader

#37 Dan Cundiff, Nighthawks
#9 Mark Lowman (C), Nighthawks
3 goals

Assist leader

#9 Jason Nye, Ak Bars
3 assists

PIM leader

#47 Pavel Zakharov, Ak Bars
5 penalties/10 PIM

Goaltending leader

#1 David Resch, Mintalar Moose
.962 save percentage/1 GAA
Spiders vs. Fighting Piranhas, Jan. 29, 2012, Aldrich Arena

Game-by-game stats

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