Spiders’ not-so-lucky 13th season

It was not-so-lucky for the Spiders in the team’s 13th season of AHA hockey. While the team was able to avoid the swoon that plagued the 2015–16 season, the Spiders found goals, and wins, too few and far between. While the end result was only a point behind last season’s record, the final tally placed the team in second-to-last place and again out of a playoff spot for the third consecutive winter season.

The bright spot was that, other than the top two teams, one of which went 15 games without a regulation loss, the Spiders got at least a point, if not a win out of every C3 West team.

Opponent Place Record Pts Spiders record
Les Étoiles du Nord 1 15–2–1–2 33 0–2–0
Arctic Wolves 2 12–4–4–0 28 0–2–0
IceDogs 3 11–6–3–0 25 1–1–0
Black Ice 4 10–7–3–0 23 0–0–2
Silverbacks 5 9–7–3–1 22 1–2–0
Shame On Ice 6 9–9–1–1 20 1–2–0
Blade Runners 7 9–11–0–0 18 1–1–0
Gold Rush 8 7–10–2–1 17 1–1–0
Scarlet Rebellion 10 1–18–1–0 3 2–0–0

Missing the AHA playoffs for the third consecutive season, the Spiders now have missed the playoffs a total of six seasons out of 13, having made the post-season seven consecutive years from the 2008–09 championship run to 2013–14’s playoff drubbing.

The Spiders finished the regular season in ninth place in C3 West out of 10 teams, with an 7–11–2–0 record and 16 points.

This was the team’s sixth losing season, with the Beginner School, 2005–06 inaugural winter season, the 2007–08 first season at D1, and the last two seasons representing the others.

As with last season’s recap, an abbreviated (and unaudited) look at the Spiders season, by the numbers:

Team stat highlights

Spiders vs. Shame on Ice

Result stats

Longest winning streak:
2 (Nov. 27–Dec. 2, 2016)
Longest losing streak:
3 (Jan. 29 – Feb. 13, 2017)
One-goal losses this season:
2
One-goal games this season:
6
Come-from-ahead losses this season:
4
Come-from-ahead ties this season:
1
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Bench stats

Longest bench:
15 (3 times; record: 1–2)
Shortest bench:
10 (1 time; record: 0–1)
Average roster differential:
+.4
Largest dressing room:
Woog
Coziest dressing room:
Pleasant
Coldest ice (and warmest fish house dressing room):
SPA-Drake
Lousiest ice:
Most
Number of games played on Olympic ice (200′x100′):
0
Number of games played on rinks formerly configured as Olympic ice:
1
Spiders vs. Arctic Wolves, March 19, 2016.

Goal stats

Fastest goal for:
26 seconds in: 16:34, 1st period (1/21/2017 vs. Scarlet Rebellion, by George Farner)
Fastest goal against:
1 minute 52 seconds in: 15:07, 1st period (1/29/2017 vs. Les Étoiles du Nord)
Latest first goal for:
9:08, 3rd period (11/27/2016 vs. IceDogs, by Kevin Noreen)
Latest last goal for:
00:06.0, 3rd period (1/21/2017 vs. Scarlet Rebellion, by Cory Vandenberghe)
Latest first opponent goal:
1:09, 3rd period (11/12/2016 vs. Scarlet Rebellion)
Latest last opponent goal:
00:06.0, 3rd period (2/26/2017 vs. Black Ice)
Second-latest last opponent goal:
00:10.6, 3rd period (3/7/2017 vs. Silverbacks)
Most goals for:
7 (12/2/2016 vs. Gold Rush)
Most goals against:
8 (12/11/2016 vs. Blade Runners)
Most goals (both teams combined):
12 (12/11/2016 vs. Blade Runners)
Spiders vs. Les Etoiles du Nord, Nov. 19, 2016

Shot stats

Most shots for:
66 (1/21/2017 vs. Scarlet Rebellion)
Fewest shots for:
21 (twice: 12/18/2016 vs. Black Ice; 12/30/2016 vs. Arctic Wolves)
Most shots against:
39 (twice: 12/30/2016 vs. Arctic Wolves; 2/26/2017 vs. Black Ice)
Fewest shots against:
10 (11/12/2016 vs. Scarlet Rebellion)
Most shots (both teams combined):
79 (1/21/2017 vs. Scarlet Rebellion)
Fewest shots (both teams combined):
46 (twice: 10/29/2016 vs. Silverbacks; 12/2/2016 vs. Gold Rush)
Spiders vs. Arctic Wolves, March 19, 2016.

Penalty stats

Most Spider penalties:
7 (twice: 1/29/2017 vs. Les Étoiles Du Nord; 2/26/2017 vs. Black Ice)
Most opponent penalties:
7 (2/13/2017 vs. Gold Rush)
Most combined penalties:
12 (twice: 12/11/2016 vs. Blade Runners; 2/13/2017 vs. Gold Rush)
Number of games with no penalties by Spiders:
0
Number of games with no opponent penalties:
1 (3/7/2017 vs. Silverbacks)
Number of games with no penalties by either team:
0
Most frequently called penalty on Spiders:
Tripping (15 times)
Most frequently called penalty on opponents:
Tripping (18 times)
Most frequently called penalty (both teams combined):
Tripping (33 times)

Player stats

Most goals per game:
3 (twice): Dave Schuster (11/12/2016); Dave Schuster (1/7/2017)
Most assists per game:
3 (tied), Jeremy Litton and Brad Sutton (11/12/2016), Dave Schuster (12/2/2016)
Most points per game:
4 (twice): (3G+1A), Dave Schuster (11/12/2016); (1G+3A), Dave Schuster (12/2/2016)
Most PIM per game:
4 (too many to mention)
Most power play goals:
2, Cory Vandenberghe
Most shorthanded goals:
1 (2-way tie), Jon Pappone, Dave Schuster
Most game-winning goals:
2 (2-way tie), Dave Schuster, Mike Schroeder
Most PIM:
14 (2-way tie), Tim Bullock, George Farner
Fewest PIM:
0, Kevin Noreen (second year running)
Most penalties leading to opponent goal:
2 (tied), Rich Elling
Number of goals scored via the “Flying ‘V’™”:
3, Dave Schuster (1/7/2017); Cory Vandenberghe (2/26/2017) (twice)
Number of goals scored from Schuster’s Office™:
0?
Toilet Bowl

Goaltending

Most saves per game:
35 (2/26/2017 vs. Black Ice)
Fewest saves per game:
9 (11/12/2016 vs. Scarlet Rebellion)
Fewest saves per game in a win:
9 (11/12/2016 vs. Scarlet Rebellion)
Most saves per game in a win:
32 (2/19/2017 vs. Blade Runners)
Most saves per game in a loss:
35 (2/26/2017 vs. Black Ice)

Attendance:

Most games played:
19 (Bill McCormick and Scott Bredael)
Most scratches (non-sub):
10 (Derek Elling)
Most on-ice season-ending injuries:
2 (Ryan Langseth and Derek Elling)
Number of on-ice non-season-ending-but-sending-to-IR injuries:
Too many...

Officiating

Spiders vs. Les Etoiles du Nord, Jan. 29, 2017.
Number of games with fewer than two refs:
1 (1/29/2017 vs. Les Étoiles du Nord)
Number of games with fewer than one scorekeeper:
0
Ref with most Spider games this season:
Brian Matthews (5)
Ref with most curious penalty call(s):
Brian Matthews

Record book

Team records set or tied this season

Fewest shots on goal against, per period
0 (second period), vs. Scarlet Rebellion (11/12/2016)
Previous:
1 (tied; third period), vs. Wolf Pack (2/22/2009)
1 (tied – both the first and second periods), vs. Snowmen (3/3/2009)
1 (tied; first period), vs. Ak Bars (3/19/2012)
2 (tied; second period), vs. Jets (2/25/2007)
2 (tied; second period), vs. Yellow Jackets (11/11/2006)
Most Power Play goals (game)
3 (tied), vs. Scarlet Rebellion (11/12/2016)
Previous:
3 (tied), vs. Fighting Saints (3/10/2012)
2, vs. Puck Hounds (3/20/2011)
Most Hat Tricks (season)
2 (tied), Dave Schuster (11/12/2016 and 1/7/2017)
Previous:
2 (tied), Brian Armagost (12/2/2006 and 1/10/2007)
2 (tied), Chris Flannery (11/7/2009 and 2/14/2010)
2 (tied), Jake Cison (11/29/2010 and 2/26/2011)
2 (tied), Chris Flannery (2/13/2011 and 3/20/2011)
1 (tied), Dave Schliesman (3/11/2006 vs. Bruins)
1 (tied), Doug Thorson (11/17/2005 vs. Nighthawks)
Most Natural Hat Tricks (season)
1 (tied), Dave Schuster (11/12/2016 vs. Scarlet Rebellion)
Previous:
1 (tied), Dave Schliesman (3/11/2006 vs. Bruins)
1 (tied), Chris Flannery (2/14/2010 vs. Nighthawks)
1 (tied), Dave Henke (1/26/2013 vs. Diablos)
Most shots on goal, per game
66, vs. Scarlet Rebellion (1/21/2017)
Previous:
60, vs. Ak Bars (3/19/2012)
53, vs. Ice Gators (3/4/2011)
52, vs. Nighthawks (2/12/2006)
27, vs. Nighthawks (11/17/2005)
Most shots on goal, per period
24 (tied; first period), vs. Scarlet Rebellion (1/21/2017)
Previous:
24 (tied; third period), vs. Nighthawks (2/12/2006)
19 (second period), vs. Nighthawks (2/12/2006)

Record-setting games

Records set in 6–1 win over Scarlet Rebellion on 11/12/2016:

Records set in 4–1 win over Scarlet Rebellion on 1/21/2017:

  • Most shots on goal per game (66)
    • Previous record was 60, vs. Ak Bars on 3/19/2012
  • Most shots on goal per period (24, tied)

Spiders Stat leader board

Points

Dave Schuster:
15

Goals

Dave Schuster:
8

Assists

Jeremy Litton:
9

Assists (by goalie)

Bill McCormick:
2

Power Play Goals

Cory Vandenberghe:
2

Shorthanded Goals

Dave Schuster:
1
Jon Pappone:
1

Game-Winning Goals

Dave Schuster:
2
Mike Schroeder:
2

Penalty Minutes

Tim Bullock:
14
George Farner:
14

Point leaders

None

Goal leaders

None

Assist leaders

Jeremy Litton:
9 (t/9th)

PIM leaders

None!

Opponent leader board

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

Points

Shame On Ice #51, K Bartels:
5 (4+1)
Shame On Ice #29, J. Amundson:
5 (2+3)
Arctic Wolves #11, J. Dunne:
5 (2+3)
Arctic Wolves #29, D. Salamone:
5 (3+2)

Goals

Shame On Ice #51, K. Bartels:
4
Gold Rush #9, B. Olk:
4

Assists

Arctic Wolves #11, J. Dunne:
3
Black Ice #96, D. Connor:
3
Blade Runners #8, K. Jensen:
3
Gold Rush #34, P. Lane:
3
Les Étoiles du Nord #37, C. Lander:
3
Shame On Ice #29, J. Amundson:
3
Shame On Ice #41, M. Pitra:
3

PIM

Shame On Ice #51, K. Bartels:
6
IceDogs #34, S. Mattson:
6

Goaltending: GAA

A. Moy #24, IceDogs:
1.00 (2GP)
J. Horn #33, Arctic Wolves (SG):
0.00 (1GP)

Goaltending: Sv%

A. Moy #24, IceDogs:
.971 (2GP)
J. Horn #33, Arctic Wolves (SG):
1.000 (1GP)
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