Following months of guessing, hand-wringing and projection by fans and observers (and more importantly last week's tryouts), the Icers have released the names of the players who will participate in the final season of ACHA competition.
Before we go any further, let's take a moment to acknowledge those Icers who were squeezed out by what's purely a numbers game brought about by a situation that couldn't have been foreseen by anyone not named Battista or Pegula at the time they decided on a college. They deserved a better fate than to have to light up Ice Lions tryouts next week to continue to play hockey at PSU. They are Mac Winchester, Andrew Duval, Ryan Erbe, Kevin Miller, Mike Broccolo, Joe Zitarelli, Alan Clark and Dan Ivanir. Some played a lot, some didn't, some left before tryouts, some simply didn't make the cut, but those things are beyond the point. They wore blue and white with distinction and honor. Mark Polidor is also on that list, although he's a little bit of a special case as someone who took his senior bow (a year early), then decided to come back, then changed his mind.
Credit is due the coaching staff as well. They didn't have to keep a 30-man roster, but to the benefit of a couple returning Icers, they did.
The other noteworthy, and perhaps more surprising, development is the exclusion of a couple of the players recruited for this season before Guy Gadowsky, Keith Fisher and Matt Lindsay came to town. Creek Lewis and Matt Venoit, we hardly knew you. We do know that Venoit was injured (I've heard with a broken leg) and never really had a chance. Lewis, presumably, was healthy and just didn't live up to the promise of his torrid numbers in the Atlantic Junior Hockey League.
The rest of the roster - which includes 12 freshmen, and six each of sophomores, juniors and seniors - features all of the recruited players and NCAA Division I transfers for 2011 other than the two mentioned above, as well as 15 returning Icers from last year, including Chris Cerutti, who was parked for tryouts with a wonky MCL.
Along with the roster from the Icers side, GoPSUSports.com put out sort of an oddly-timed release today referring to the four transfers as "the first members of the men's ice hockey team." If you're not familiar, it's standard fare for those sort of things. Biographicals, quote from the coach, et cetera. The interesting thing to me is the singling out of those four at this time, although it could be related to scholarship offers, which would make sense for established DI players.
In any case, this roster, combined with what we've already seen (and will see) from our 2012 and 2013 recruiting, really adds a lot of clarity to the direction of the program during the transition to NCAA status in that the guesswork of a major variable is now out of the picture. But that all still seems like a long way off - for now, we have a Blue-White Game 25 days from today, followed by the opener against Washington & Jefferson in 32.
Defensemen (9) Yr. Ht. Wgt. Hometown
Brian Dolan Jr. 6'1" 175 Havertown, PA
Steven Edgeworth Fr. 6'0" 180 Phoenix, AZ
Nate Jensen So. 6'0" 185 Shorewood, MN
Dan Loucks Sr. 6'2" 205 Collegeville, PA
Rich O'Brien Jr. 5'10" 180 Furlong, PA
Dan Petrick Sr. 6'1" 180 State College, PA
Brandon Russo Fr. 5'8" 163 Fairfield, CT
Ryan Seibolt So. 6'3" 220 Westlake, OH
Peter Sweetland Fr. 6'2" 205 Newtown, PA
Forwards (18) Yr. Ht. Wgt. Hometown
Tim Acker Fr. 6'0" 188 Apex, NC
Chris Cerutti Sr. 5'10" 170 Export, PA
Kurt Collins Sr. 6'2" 195 Port Matilda, PA
Paul Daley Sr. 6'2" 190 Toms River, NJ
Josh Daley Fr. 6'0" 185 Pittsburgh, PA
Forrest Dell Fr. 5'11" 185 Evergreen, CO
Jacob Friedman Fr. 5'10" 170 West Bloomfield, MI
Taylor Holstrom So. 5'9" 165 Yorba Linda, CA
Bryce Johnson Fr. 5'9" 165 Grimes, IA
Justin Kirchhevel So. 5'10" 190 Brookings, SD
Michael Longo Jr. 6'1" 180 Allison Park, PA
Michael McDonagh So. 6'1" 180 Wilmington, MA
Dan Meiselman Fr. 6'2" 205 Winnetka, IL
Dominic Morrone Jr. 5'11" 195 Sewell, NJ
Tommy Olczyk Fr. 5'8" 184 Long Grove, IL
George Saad Jr. 6'2" 200 Gibsonia, PA
Nick Seravalli Sr. 5'8" 175 Ivyland, PA
Eric Steinour Jr. 6'3" 195 Carlisle, PA
Goaltenders (3) Yr. Ht. Wgt. Hometown
Tim Carr Fr. 5'10" 170 Pine Bush, NY
Matt Madrazo So. 5'10" 165 Sea Cliff, NY
P.J. Musico Fr. 6'2" 185 Orange, CA