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Varsity Goaltender Joins the Protec Junior Ducks Program

By Greg Freimark 01/22/2022, 10:00am CST

Yeti hockey is proud to announce that goaltender Lucas Thurmond has joined the Protec Junior Ducks out of Trenton, New Jersey.  The Junior Ducks are a junior jockey club that plays in the Eastern Hockey League and prepares young players for college hockey at the Div II and Div III levels.

We wish Lucas the best as he moves into the next stage of his hockey journey.  Great job, Lucas!  Good luck out east as you pursue your dreams to play college hockey!

Yeti Hockey Tournament Weekend

By James Brooks 01/22/2022, 9:45am CST

What a weekend for Yeti Hockey!  JV and Varsity both took home a banner from the Chicago Midwinter Classic tournament! 
 
JV started the weekend with two wins to push their winning streak to five games.  The boys battled hard in game three, tying a solid Naperville North team.  JV played Naperville again on Monday for the championship.  Unfortunately, Naperville was able to pull out the win, giving our JV team a second place finish for the second time this season.  Great job to Coach Gurklis and his squad as they continue to improve and overachieve!
 
Varsity started the weekend with a loss to Lakeland Falcons. This put the squad up against the wall needing to win out to make the Championship Game.  A solid effort against Joliet on Sunday morning put us in a solid position to make the final.  Sunday night, Varsity faced Marist in a "win or tie gets us in" scenario.  Varsity totally outplayed Marist, but Marist goaltending really kept them in the game. The boys rallied late to tie the game and send the team to the Championship game on Monday. 
 
Monday was yet another barn-burner as the game was tied at the end of regulation. Varsity battled hard through overtime and in the final moments before the shootout, Will Soldano went end-to-end and put a shot off the Marist goalie's pad.  And Logan Corneil was there to bury the rebound, giving Yeti our first tournament championship in Yeti history. 
 
We'd like to give a huge shout-out to Kaitlyn Audet who played in ALL 8 games for both JV and Varsity and led Yeti hockey to a first place and second place finish this weekend. Outstanding work by Kaitlyn and all of our Yeti hockey players.  I couldn't be more proud to coach you all.  I know the entire coaching staff feels the same. 
 
This is just one more step In the right direction as we come down the stretch here to the playoffs.  We're excited to see what the rest of the year has in store for us. 
 
Great job, YETI!

Varsity Goaltender Commits to Concordia University

By Sandy Corneil 11/17/2021, 1:30pm CST

YETI Hockey would like to take a moment to acknowledge our first senior college commitment for the 2022-2023 season.

Varsity Goaltender Kaitlyn Audet from Lake Zurich High School has committed to Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She will join their NCAA D3 Hockey team next season. Kaitlyn has been outstanding between the pipes this year for the YETI Varsity Team.  We wish her success next season and beyond!

Great job, Kaitlyn!

LZMW Alumnus Makes University of Illinois Division II Team

By Greg Freimark 09/06/2021, 9:30pm CDT

Former LZMW player Nathan Gerstein makes the U of I roster

Congratulation to Nate Gerstein, the latest addition to the University of Illinois Division II hockey team!  The LZMW Yeti would like to celebrate Nate's hard work and dedication that took him to where he is today in his college hockey career!

We'd like to honor Nate by re-publishing his Senior Bio here.   The LZMW Yeti couldn't be prouder of our alumnus!

                                                                                         

How did you start playing hockey?

My dad signed me up for some learn-to-skate lessons when I was six. Naturally, I liked skating, so I began playing hockey once I learned how to skate.

What teams did you play for?

Twin Rinks Sharks, Vernon Hills Ice Dogs, Northwest Chargers, and LZMW.

What other HS activities or sports did you participate in?

I did Robotics Club freshmen year.  Other than that, just hockey.

Describe your favorite hockey memory?

With the Chargers, I went on a tournament in Minnesota.  We played some teams that were more skilled than us, but the challenge was exciting even if we got destroyed.  Outside of the games, hanging out with my team gave me some happy memories.

What are your plans after high school?

I’m still waiting on admissions decisions, but I plan to go to college and study computer science.

Who would you like to thank for supporting you throughout your hockey career?

My parents for driving me for years and paying all costs associated with hockey.  They also constantly supported my hockey endeavors.

LZMW Rebrands as Yeti

By Greg Freimark 06/29/2021, 12:45am CDT

The new LZMW Yeti Hockey Club is looking good in bigfoot blue!

This past Spring 2021 season kicked off the inaugural year of the LZMW Yeti Hockey Club.  The LZMW Board decided to allow the players to help choose a club name during the previous Fall/Winter season.  After sifting through over 100 spirited team names, the players, coaches, and Board all agreed on the savage Yeti!  The last LZMW hockey team name was the Bears, but the team has been nameless for over 10 years, going only by "LZMW". 

We're excited to highlight our brand new LZMW Yeti logo and jersey designs.  The home jersey features a dark blue base with light blue arms and hem.  And the away jersey uses a white base with light blue highlights on the arms and hem.  We believe our players will look snappy in a unique yet classic jersey design with a unique color palette. 

The term Yeti is coined in Himalayan folklore, and describes a large, man-like, bipedal creature that lives in the wild mountain terrain of Nepal.  These fierce, furry creatures are believed to be dangerous to humans.  Like a Yeti, our hockey players stand large on the ice as a ferocious presence and a legendary foe.

To celebrate the new team name and icon, we encourage you to check out the Yeti Hockey Online Store, presented by Melon Ink Screen Print in Lake Zurich.  There you can purchase shirts, hooded sweatshirt, drink tumblers, hats, and other Yeti-branded gear to show your support for the LZMW Yeti Hockey Club!

LZMW Hockey Spirit Store:

https://yetihockey.itemorder.com

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