2012–13 Season Recap

In the team’s eighth full AHA Winter season, and second at the C3 level, the Spiders finished the regular season with a 11–9 record (22 of 40 possible points), in fourth place in C3 East. It was the team’s lowest regular season point total since 2009–10.

The Spiders also made their fifth consecutive post-season appearance, where they went went 0–2–1 (1 point), tying the Moose, and losing to the Wingmen and eventual C3 champion Gold Rush. It was the team’s worst playoff showing ever, as the team had always earned at least one win in each of their five previous post-season appearances, including Beginner School.

This was the team’s sixth winning season, with 2011–12, 2010–11, 2009–10, 2008–09’s D1 Champion squad and 2006–07 representing the others.

  • Regular season standings: 11–9–0–0, with 22 points.
  • Post-season standings: 0–2–1, with 1 point.
  • Full season standings: 11–11–1–0, with 23 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. Moose, Feb. 17, 2013, Coliseum

Goal stats

Most goals for:
9, vs. Diablos (1/26/2013)
Fewest goals for:
1 (three times)
Most goals for in loss:
4, vs. Ak Bars (12/15/2012)
Fewest goals for in win:
2 (twice)
Most goals against:
6 (three times; plus one more in playoffs)
Fewest goals against:
0, vs. Mastodons (11/11/2012)
Most goals for in a period:
4, second period vs. Diablos (1/26/2013)
Most goals against in a period:
3 (four times)
Most Power-Play goals for:
2 (five times)
Most Power-Play goals allowed:
2 (twice, plus one more in playoffs)
Most short-handed goals for:
1, vs. Sled Dogs (10/28/2012)
Most short-handed goals allowed:
1 (twice; plus one more in playoffs)
Number of games where opponent scored first:
7 [plus two more in post-season]
Number of games where opponent scored first and Spiders won game:
4
Number of games where Spiders scored first and Spiders lost game:
3 [plus 1 more in post-season]
Number of games where Spiders scored first and game ended in tie:
0
Number of games where opponent scored first and game ended in tie:
1 (vs. Moose, 4/3/2013)
Number of games where Spiders scored first and game ended in tie:
0
Average number of goals allowed before Spiders’ first goal in games where opponent scored first:
1.78, among nine games
Average number of Spiders’ goals allowed before opponent’s first goal in games where Spiders scored first:
1.83, among 12 games
Quickest first Spiders’ goal:
At 15:51, 1:09 into first period, vs. Ak Bars (1/28/2013), by Jon Pappone.
Latest first Spiders’ goal:
At 2:01 of third period (14:49 into third period), vs. Moose (11/4/2012), by Eric Grotbeck.
Latest first goal in a win:
At 12:00 of second period, vs. Diablos (12/8/2012), by Dave Henke.
Quickest first opponent goal:
At 15:54, 1:06 into first period (and season), vs. Sled Dogs (10/28/2012)
Latest first opponent goal (not including shutouts):
At 9:21 of third period (7:39 into third period), vs. Fighting Saints (12/01/2012)
Highest number of goals allowed before Spiders scored:
3 (three times)
Most number of empty-net goals allowed:
2, vs. Fighting Saints (3/10/2013)
Most number of penalty shot goals allowed after an empty-net goal:
1, vs. Mastodons (1/2/2013)
Spiders vs. IceDogs, Nov. 18, 2012

Results stats

Wins with one-goal margin:
4
Wins with two-goal margin:
2
Wins with three-goal margin:
1
Wins with four-goal margin:
0
Wins with five-goal or more margin:
4
Losses with one-goal margin:
4 [plus 1 more in post-season]
Losses with two-goal margin:
1
Losses with three-goal margin:
2 [plus 1 more in post-season]
Losses with four-goal margin:
2
Losses with five-goal or more margin:
0
Longest winning streak:
4 (1/26/20132/17/2013)
Longest losing streak:
4 (12/15/20121/2/2013)
Spiders vs. Fighting Saints, Dec. 1, 2012

Shots stats

Most shots for:
51, vs. IceDogs (11/18/2012)
Fewest shots for:
17, vs. Sled Dogs (2/10/2013)
Most shots for in loss:
38, vs. Ak Bars (12/15/2012)
Fewest shots for in win:
17, vs. Sled Dogs (2/10/2013)
Most shots against:
35, vs. Moose (12/23/2012)
Fewest shots against:
17 (twice), vs. IceDogs (1/7/2013) and vs. Fighting Saints (1/15/2013)
Most shots against in win:
27 (twice), vs. Ak Bars (12/15/2012), and vs. Moose (2/17/2013)
Fewest shots against in loss:
17, vs. Fighting Saints (1/15/2013)
Most shots for in a period:
19, vs. IceDogs (11/18/2012, first period)
Fewest shots for in a period:
2, vs. Moose (4/3/2013, first period)
Most shots against in a period:
16, vs. Moose (12/23/2012, first period)
Fewest shots against in a period:
3, vs. IceDogs (1/7/2013, second period)
Highest shots-to-goals percentage:
28.6% (8 goals on 28 shots), vs. IceDogs (3/2/2013)
Lowest shots-to-goals percentage (in non-shutout):
3.57% (1 goals on 28 shots), vs. Fighting Saints (12/1/2012)
Spiders vs. Diablos, March 16, 2013, New Hope

Penalty stats

Most penalties by Spiders in game:
7, vs. Moose (4/3/2013) (5, three times, in regular season)
Most PIMs by Spiders in game:
14 PIM, vs. Moose (4/3/2013) (10, three times, in regular season)
Most penalties by opponent in game:
6, vs. Fighting Saints (third year running!), (3/10/2013); [playoffs: 6, vs. Moose, (4/3/2013)]
Most PIMs by opponent in game:
23 PIM, vs. Fighting Saints (third year running!) (on 6 penalties; 3/10/2013)
Most penalties in game (both teams combined):
13, vs. Moose (26 PIM; 4/3/2013)
Most PIMs in game (both teams combined):
29 PIM, vs. Fighting Saints (third year running!) (on 9 penalties; 3/10/2013)
Number of games where Spiders had no penalties:
3
Number of games where opponent had no penalties:
2
Number of games where Spiders had more penalties than opponent:
6 [plus 1 more in post-season]
Number of games where Spiders had fewer penalties than opponent:
7 [plus 1 more in post-season]
Number of games where Spiders and opponent had equal penalties:
7 [plus 1 more in post-season]
Most frequently called penalty (including opponent penalties):
Tripping (called 25 times) [plus 9 more times in post-season]
Most frequently called penalty (on Spiders):
19 times, for tripping
(The rest: Hooking – 9, Roughing – 8, Interference – 7, Slashing – 5, Body check – 5, Unsportsmanlike Conduct – 4, Cross-Checking – 3, High-Sticking – 1, Delay of game (Penalty Shot) – 1, Boarding/Elbowing/Game Ejection/Game Misconduct – 0)
Most frequently called penalty (on opponents):
15 times, for tripping
(The rest: Roughing – 10, Body Check – 8, Slashing – 7, Unsportsmanlike Conduct – 4, Cross-Checking – 4, High-Sticking/Hooking/Interference – 3, Boarding/Elbowing/Game Ejection/Game Misconduct – 1)
Number of opponent penalties drawn by Schroeder’s face against the boards:
Too many to count.
Number of opponent body checks in a no-check league overlooked by game officials:
Too many to count.
Spiders vs. Gold Rush, April 6, 2013, BIG 1

Bench stats

Largest roster:
15 skaters (12 times; [plus 2 more in post-season])
Shortest roster:
12 skaters, vs. IceDogs (3/2/2013)
Largest opponent roster:
16 (twice)
Shortest opponent roster:
9, vs. Diablos (3/16/2013)
Average Spiders roster:
14.3 skaters [14.67 in post-season; 14.34 full season]
Average opponent roster:
13.6 skaters [15.67 in post-season; 13.87 full season]
Largest negative roster differential:
-3 skaters, vs. IceDogs (3/2/2013; 15 skaters–12 skaters)
Largest positive roster differential:
+5 skaters, vs. Moose (12/23/2012; 15 skaters–10 skaters)
Average roster differential:
+0.7 skaters [-1.0 in post-season]
Number of Ice Sages stickers seen on helmets on Spiders’ bench:
5 (Fritz was on IR)
Number of mustaches grown in support of #Movember:
At least 5, plus Spider super-fan Steve Litton.
Number of players still “impressed” by a leopard-skin jock:
19
Spiders vs. Moose, Feb. 17, 2013, Coliseum

Arena stats

Largest dressing room:
Braemar W. It’s Edina...
Coziest dressing room:
Hopkins (12/8/2012), no actual room, just bench shared with the mighty mites.
Narrowest player bench:
EPCC 1 (2/10/2013), vs. Sled Dogs
Best ice:
VMCC W (1/28/2013), vs. Ak Bars
Lousiest ice:
BIG 3, as usual (4/5/2013) vs. Wingmen]
“Home” arena:
Breck (four games)
Furthest drive:
VMCC, in rush hour
Furthest drive for LaCosse:
EPCC
Number of games played on Olympic ice (200′ x 100′) in regular season:
1 [1 in post-season]
Best TV coverage:
Tied: Spiders vs. Moose, at Coliseum (2/17/2013); AHA Playoff DVDs, BIG (Spiders vs. Moose [4/5/2013]; Spiders vs. Gold Rush [4/6/2013])

Schedule stats

Earliest game:
2:45 p.m., vs. Wingmen (4/5/2013)
Latest game:
10:30 p.m., vs. Moose (12/21/2012)
Longest All-Star breaks:
13 days (Jan. 28–Feb. 10); 11 days (Jan. 15–Jan. 25); (18 days before playoffs, March 16–April 3)
Best non-Spiders game of the season:
IceDogs 1, Sled Dogs 1, March 16, 2013.

Player stat highlights

Spiders vs. Mastodons, Jan. 2, 2013

Scoring

Most goals:
15, David Lavigne
Most assists:
11, Eric Grotbeck and Mike Johnson
Most first assists:
9, Eric Grotbeck
Most second assists:
4 (tied), Rob Droullard, George Farner, Mike Schroeder
Most points:
19, David Lavigne and Andrew Schwinn; [20, including post-season, David Lavigne]
Most goals per game:
3, Dave Henke and David Lavigne (1/26/2013 vs. Diablos); Andrew Schwinn (3/2/2013 vs. IceDogs)
Highest average goals per game played:
0.7, David Lavigne (15 goals in 19 games)
Most assists per game:
3, Jason Freed (1/7/2013 vs. IceDogs)
Highest average assists per game played:
0.55 Mike Johnson (11 assists in 20 games; second year running!) and Eric Grotbeck (11 assists in 20 games)
Most points per game:
5, David Lavigne (1/26/2013 vs. Diablos)
Highest average points per game played:
1.05, David Lavigne (20 points in 19 games)
Most power-play goals (season):
3, David Schuster
Most short-handed goals (season):
1, Andrew Schwinn
Most game-winning goals:
4, David Lavigne
Most assisted goals:
12, David Lavigne
Most unassisted goals:
5 (tied four ways), Andrew Schwinn
Most frequent scoring combos:
15 goals, the line of Mike Johnson, David Schuster and Jason Freed (second place: 13 goals, the line of Andrew Schwinn, Paul Berman, David Lavigne)
Number of goals scored via the “Flying ‘V’”:
0 this year (almost, though!)
Spiders vs. Fighting Saints, Dec. 1, 2012

Penalties

Most PIM:
Regular season: 16, David Lavigne [plus 6 more in post-season]
Most penalties per game:
2 (tied), by almost everyone
Highest average PIM per game played:
1.67 per game, Chris Pettengill
Most misconducts:
0!
Most retroactively assessed (i.e., post-game) misconducts:
0!
Most penalties leading to opponent goals (season):
2 (tied), Bill McCormick, Chris Pettengill
Most offsetting (even-strength) penalties (season):
2 (tied), Paul LaCosse, David Lavigne, Brad Sutton
Most penalties leading to opponent penalty shots (season):
1, Chris Pettengill
Fewest penalties:
0, John Pellicci, Jason “Lady Byng” Freed (third year running of zero penalties!), Cory Vandenberghe
Spiders vs. Mastodons, Jan. 2, 2013

Goaltending

Most saves per game:
32, Bill McCormick (12/23/2012, vs. Moose)
Fewest saves per game:
14, Bill McCormick (1/15/2013, vs. Fighting Saints)
Most saves per game in tie:
22, Bill McCormick (4/3/2013, vs. Moose)
Fewest saves per game in win:
16 (twice) , Bill McCormick (1/7/2013, vs. IceDogs; 3/16/2013, vs. Diablos)
Most saves per game in win:
26 (twice), Bill McCormick (12/8/2012, vs. Diablos; 2/17/2013, vs. Moose)
Fewest saves per game in loss:
14, Bill McCormick (1/15/2013, vs. Fighting Saints)
Most saves per game in loss:
32, Bill McCormick (12/23/2012, vs. Moose)
Spiders vs. Diablos, Jan. 26, 2013

Attendance

Most games played:
20 (tied), Paul Berman [plus 3 in playoffs], Eric Grotbeck (third year running!) and Bill McCormick [plus 3 in playoffs](second year running!)
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 opponent games (GP per player, per game) missed due to suspension:
It depends
Number of games (GP per player, per game) missed due to snowstorm:
0!
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 again, Rob)
Number of games (GP per player, per game) missed due to concussion-like symptoms:
Thankfully, very few
Number of games (GP per player, per game) missed due to flu-like symptoms:
Too many
Number of opponent players unhappy with league’s flu-transmission preventative measures:
At least 1

Top 10 ‘most shocking’ headlines of the season

Spiders vs. Gold Rush, April 6, 2013, at BIG.

The Spiders franchise has been around long enough to have seen most everything there is to see in an AHA season. But there was the occasional surprise this year:

  • Fighting Saints claim first-ever win over Spiders, and go on for season sweep on way to C3 Final (where they got shut out 7–0).
  • Spiders and McCormick notch 5–0 shutout against Mastodons, the eventual second-place finishers in C3 East (tied for first).
  • No penalties called on last season’s leading PIM king Ak Bar #47 Zakharov in Ak Bars/Spiders game, Dec. 15, 2012.
  • Chris Pettengill called for delay of game (including penalty shot) after he volunteered for goalie duty for the last minutes of Mastodons game, Jan. 2, 2013.
  • Most infractions committed in a single shift with no penalties called, #25 J. McDonald, IceDogs, Jan. 7, 2013.
  • Spiders actually beating the first-place Moose 2–1 at the Coliseum, Feb. 17, 2013, to stay in playoff race.
  • IceDogs tie Sled Dogs in last game of season, March 16, 2013, ushering Spiders back into playoffs.
  • The analstats may be anal, but they apparently predicted the exact final standings outcome as early as Week 4 of the season. (Thanks to the C3 Moose for keeping track all season...)
  • The Spiders tied the highest-ever average number of skaters on the bench this season since the D2/C2 split, at 14.3 skaters per game.
  • The Spiders gave up their highest-ever number of empty-net goals (not counting the infamous Jets game) this season, 5 in the regular season, and another in playoffs.

Goal-scoring leaders

David Lavigne
#4 (two-way tie), 15 goals

Assist leaders

Eric Grotbeck
#8 (three-way tie), 11 assists

PIM leaders

David Lavigne
#9 (three-way tie), 16 PIM

Goal-scoring leaders

David Lavigne
#6, 15 goals

Assist leaders

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

PIM leaders

David Lavigne
#4 (four-way tie), 22 PIM

Opponent leader board – regular season

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

Point leader

#37 P. Sinesio, Diablos
5 points
#26 N. Aunan, Sled Dogs
5 points

Goal-scoring leader

#37 P. Sinesio, Diablos
4 goals

Assist leader

#26 N. Aunan, Sled Dogs
3 assists
#72 G. Johnson, Fighting Saints
3 assists

PIM leader

#19 S. Hagel, Fighting Saints
2 penalties/15 PIM

Goaltending leader

#13 J. Stone, Fighting Saints
.943 save percentage/1.67 GAA
Spiders vs. Fighting Saints, Dec. 1, 2012

Game-by-game stats

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