Underdogs live up to name

A group of C3 Spiders along with friends from the D2 Wailers and a C3 Puck Hound, got together as the aptly named Underdogs, and spent the summer trying to climb out of the L4 (C3-equivalent) cellar. But summer hockey is about escaping the heat for the free air conditioning courtesy of the local ice arenas, staying in shape and getting to know players from other AHA teams.

Of course, summer hockey also means lousy ice, short benches, and creative (when not indifferent) officiating. The Underdogs even got a lesson in cement base maintenance of the SLP West rink thanks to a July heatwave.

The team went 3–6–1–2 in the regular season, good enough for a sixth-place finish (out of seven). The lone playoff appearance against the Tennessee Tuxedos (Nighthawks) added one more to the loss column. At least it was a “legitimate” loss, as other teams were eliminated by overtime ties and lack of ice time for shootouts, instead falling back on seed tiebreakers.

For the L4 title, the Scooby Doos (Fighting Piranhas) upset the first-place Woody Woodpeckers (Maroons) 2–1.

In the stat leaderboards, the Underdogs made a couple of appearances:

  • Goal-scoring leaders

    • Luke Moseley (7; tied for 6th place)
    • Eric Grotbeck (6; tied for 7th place)
  • Assist leaders

    • Jeremy Litton (7; tied for 6th place)
  • PIM leaders

    • Chris Pettengill (12; tied for 6th place)
  • And D2 Wailers goalie Mark Lanterman finished in 5th place with an 86.28 save percentage.

In all, a fun summer, and a great way to beat the heat, even if the humidity occasionally led to clouds forming inside the rink.

Season recap

Standings

Summer 2012 L4 Standings (Regular Season)
Team GP W L T OTL P GF GA PIM
Woody Woodpeckers 12 9 2 0 1 19 40 31 52
Scooby Doos 12 9 3 0 0 18 59 34 49
Tennessee Tuxedos 12 8 4 0 0 16 50 31 46
Tom & Jerrys 12 5 3 0 4 14 44 40 60
Jabberjaws 12 4 7 0 1 9 31 48 101
Underdogs 12 3 6 1 2 9 37 46 48
Huckleberry Hounds 12 3 8 1 0 7 28 59 44
Summer 2012 L4 Standings (Post Season)
Team GP W L T OTL P GF GA PIM
* = L4 champion
Scooby Doos* 3 3 0 0 0 6 15 9 16
Woody Woodpeckers 2 1 1 0 0 2 7 5 6
Tennessee Tuxedos 2 1 1 0 0 2 7 9 10
Tom & Jerrys 2 1 1 0 0 2 6 8 16
Jabberjaws 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 3 6
Underdogs 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 2
Huckleberry Hounds 1 0 0 0 1 1 4 5 8

Scoreboard

Summer 2012 L4 Underdogs Scoreboard (Regular Season)
Date Time (CT) Arena Home Away
Thu., Jun. 7, 2012 7:45 p.m. Richfield 2 Underdogs 4 Huckleberry Hounds 5 OT
Wed., Jun. 13, 2012 6:00 p.m. SLP W Tennessee Tuxedos 6 Underdogs 3
Mon., Jun. 18, 2012 7:45 p.m. SLP E Underdogs 1 Woody Woodpeckers 2
Sun., Jun. 24, 2012 8:15 p.m. Richfield 1 Tom & Jerrys 5 Underdogs 6 OT
Wed., Jun. 27, 2012 8:00 p.m. SLP E Underdogs 1 Jabberjaws 2
Sun., Jul. 8, 2012 7:15 p.m. Richfield 1 Scooby Doos 4 Underdogs 3 OT
Sun., Jul. 15, 2012 5:30 p.m. Richfield 1 Huckleberry Hounds 3 Underdogs 3 OT
Wed., Jul. 18, 2012 7:45 p.m. SLP W Underdogs 1 Tennessee Tuxedos 5
Mon., Jul. 23, 2012 9:30 p.m. Richfield 2 Woody Woodpeckers 2 Underdogs 0
Thu., Jul. 26, 2012 6:00 p.m. Richfield 2 Underdogs 5 Tom & Jerrys 4 OT
Mon., Jul. 30, 2012 7:15 p.m. Braemar W Jabberjaws 2 Underdogs 6
Thu., Aug. 9, 2012 9:30 p.m. Breck Underdogs 4 Scooby Doos 6
Summer 2012 L4 Underdogs Scoreboard (Post Season)
Date Time (CT) Arena Home Away
Mon., Aug. 20, 2012 9:30 p.m. Richfield Tennessee Tuxedos 3 Underdogs 1

Stats

Player stats – Summer 2012 Season (Full Season)
# Player Pos GP G A P PP SH GWG PIM
  • C = Captain
  • A = Alternate Captain
  • G = Goalie
  • SG = Sub-Goalie

Note: PIM totals include 2 minutes in “bench” penalties not credited to a player.

17 Berman, P. LW, RW 11 2 3 5 0 0 0 0
10 Byland, T. D, RW 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
8 Droullard, R. D, RW 11 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
22 Edman, J. (A) RW, RD 10 4 4 8 0 0 2 2
7 Farner, G. LW 10 1 2 3 1 0 0 8
9 Fritz, R. D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 Grotbeck, E. (A) D, F 13 6 3 9 1 0 1 0
30 Jayasekera, C. (SG) G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
39 Lanterman, M. (G) G 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Lanterman, S. F, D 11 3 2 5 0 0 0 4
4 Litton, J. (C) D 12 0 7 7 0 0 0 2
12 Moseley, L. F 11 7 3 10 1 0 0 2
11 Pappone, J. LW, RW 10 2 4 6 0 0 0 6
3 Pettengill, C. (A) C, D, SG 13 1 5 6 0 0 0 12
13 Schroeder, M. F, D 12 5 4 9 0 0 0 2
14 Schuster, D. RW 12 4 5 9 0 0 0 4
19 Shroat, M. LD 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Sicora, R. C 5 2 1 3 0 0 0 0
21 Sutton, B. D, W 11 1 2 3 0 0 0 6
Totals: 13 38 47 85 3 0 3 50
Goalie stats – Summer 2012 Season (Full Season)
# Goalie GP GA GAA SA Sv% W L T OTL SO
  • SG = Sub-Goalie
39 Lanterman, M. 12 45 3.75 323 0.861 3 6 1 2 0
30 Jayasekera, C. (SG) 1 3 3.00 23 0.870 0 1 0 0 0
3 Pettengill, C. 0 1 0.00 5 0.800 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 13 49 3.77 351 0.860 3 7 1 2 0

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