Lathrop coach credits depth for big season

Posted: Friday, February 06, 2009

Lathrop hockey coach Shawn Lundgren likes his goalie - all three of them.

In fact, Lundgren says he likes his depth at every position on the ice and credits his unusually-deep bench for lifting the Malemutes to the top of the MAC on their many, many shoulders.

"All three of our goalies have played seven-plus games and they're so talented I have to just rotate them through," Lundgren said. "That same philosophy is consistent with most positions on our team."

Lundgren and company actually traveled four goalies last season - a luxury that comes from traveling what he believes to be the largest roster in the state. The team Web site lists 24 players on the Malemutes' varsity and most of them already carry varsity, if not playoff, experience.

"We really try to anticipate losing players every year and it's nice to have that foundation every season," Lundgren said. "This year that really worked out well."

The Malemutes lost two key players in the past 10 days leading up to this weekend's MAC playoffs and were still able to close out their season with wins over powers North Pole and Service. Senior forward Kyle Olson was lost to a broken ankle, and sophomore forward Alex Timchak suffered a broken collarbone in the team's final games.

"We've also got a couple of guys that are looking day-to-day," Lundgren said.

Hopefully the next crop of Crimson Bears can crowd the den Lathrop-style.

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