Sunday, December 10, 2006

Statistical Craziness

In three starts so far in the month of December, Lake Superior goalie Jeff Jakaitis has faced 124 shots(which works out to 41.3 shots per game), and has only allowed 2 goals. That means that Jakaitis has a goals against average of 0.66 and save percentage of 98.4% so far in December. His season totals are almost as impressive, as he has a 1.57 GAA and .956 save percentage.

The Lakers, who were picked by both the coaches and the media to finish 10th in the league, currently sit in 5th place in the CCHA, and are only two points behind third place Michigan, with one game in hand on the Wolverines. That's due in large part to only allowing 26 goals in conference play so far this season. Only Notre Dame has allowed fewer goals in league play.

Jakaitis won't get an opportunity to continue his hot streak until after Christmas when the Lakers travel to Madison to play in the Badger Showdown, where he could meet up with another great goalie in Wisconsin's Brian Elliott in the final.

Jakaitis is a player that is definitely worthy of Hobey Baker consideration. Whether or not he will get it is another question. Lake Superior has flown under the radar this season, but Jakaitis continues to play at the level that he has been, and Lake Superior finds a way to get into NCAA tournament consideration, he should definitely be a finalist for the award.

2 comments:

Laker94 said...

Jakaitis has been the anchor for the Lakers since he was a freshman. LSSU has always had a long trandition of great goaltending, even when the teams weren't so good. Lake State has always been 'under the radar' when it comes to the Hobey. Greats like Mark Vermette, Jim Dowd, Mark Astley, and Keith Aldrige. All had the stats and the teams to win it, but were overlooked for players from the 'bigger' schools. No doubt though, that JJ is a special player and is getting his name on a lot of LSSU school records.

Anonymous said...

jakatis is the backbone of the best team lake state has had in ten years unfortunately he wont be hobey baker because of the small school but, he definetly should have been picked over david brown for ccha player of the year. Anchors Aweigh