|Former Icer and USHLer Brandon Russo isn't done wrestling with Ohio just yet - he'll do so with the Ice Lions against the D2 Bobcats on November 16th and 17th.|
Matt Morrow, the new head coach of the ACHA Division 2 Ice Lions, will pilot a 31-man roster through a 28-game regular season schedule, the team has announced.
Here's the roster:
Defensemen (9) Yr. Ht. Wgt. Hometown
Forrest Dell So. 5'10" 185 Arvada, CO
Chris Dinsmore Jr. 6'3" 215 Sinking Spring, PA
Robert Fauth Fr. 6'0" 185 Carmel, IN
Matt Knudson Fr. 5'11" 198 Upper Arlington, OH
Max O'Malley Jr. 5'10" 180 Aston, PA
Tyler Person Fr. 6'1" 180 Brick, NJ
Brandon Russo So. 5'7" 175 Fairfield, CT
Tyler Starn Sr. 6'1" 170 Pittsburgh, PA
Mac Winchester Sr. 6'2" 205 Newton Square, PA
Forwards (18) Yr. Ht. Wgt. Hometown
Joseph Bonazelli Fr. 5'11" 180 South Windsor, CT
Mike Broccolo Sr. 6'2" 185 Webster, NY
Peter Daley Jr. 5'7" 155 Hopewell, NJ
Neil Laessig So. 5'9" 165 Lansdale, PA
Chris Lewis So. 6'0" 215 Fort Covington, NY
Robert Liberge Fr. 6'1" 195 Lynn, MA
Fredrik Linge So. 5'10" 165 Porsgrunn, Norway
Austin Meehan So. 6'0" 175 Yardley, PA
Chris Putsch Sr. 6'1" 195 Media, PA
Brian Reed Fr. 6'1" 195 Chester, NJ
Franky Reluzco So. 5'9" 180 Fredrick, MD
Ben Snow So. 5'8" 170 Webster, MA
Joe Spagnola Fr. 5'11" 182 Mountain Lakes, NJ
Ryan Urban So. 6'0" 170 Chester Springs, PA
Will Vaeth Fr. 5'10" 175 Horsham, PA
Matt Venoit So. 6'0" 195 Virginia Beach, VA
Taylor Vincent Fr. 5'8" 175 Lafayette, LA
Joe Zitarelli Sr. 5'11" 185 Center Valley, PA
Goaltenders (4) Yr. Ht. Wgt. Hometown
Ryan Demuth Sr. 6'1" 175 Yardley, PA
Martin Gudewicz Jr. 5'9" 162 Pittsburgh, PA
Kevin Lowthert Sr. 5'11" 190 Prospect Park, PA
Theodore Steinhart Fr. 5'9" 165 West Orange, NJ
To casual observers, the obvious focal point of the roster will be Dell and Russo, two members of the final ACHA Division 1 Icers team last season. They'll join 2010-2011 Icers Winchester and Zitarelli (who played for the Ice Lions last year), as well as Broccolo (who didn't) to form a significant part of the team's nucleus.
Taking things a little deeper reveals a team that, while suffering some significant losses from last season, still brings back plenty of firepower and adds quality players to complement the returners. The expression "reload, not rebuild," although a cliche, certainly applies here.
Lewis, last year's leading scorer (32 goals, 24 assists) and a second-team All-American, will be back, as will sniper Reluzco (15 goals) and four of the team's best defensemen, including Dinsmore and O'Malley. Demuth, who won seven games in goal a year ago, will get first crack at replacing Tom Badali, who posted a 1.45 goals against average while winning his first 20 decisions of the season. The newcomers include former Jr. Flyers Cleek and Vaeth, as well as Daley and Lowthert, who make the move to University Park after playing for the ACHA D3 team at the Brandywine campus.
|Robert Liberge arrives at Penn State from Bishop Fenwick High School in Peabody, MA.|
Penn State will attempt the tall order of topping 2011-2012's achievements - a 31-3-0 record that included a 25-game winning streak, MACHA regular season and playoff championships and an ACHA national championship tournament appearance - against a schedule that includes a nice mix of familiarity and novelty. The usual league opponents like Temple, Delaware and Virginia Tech are all there, but so is a series in the legendary environment (midnight starts, raucous crowds) of the Kentucky Wildcats, a pair of games each against D1 opponents Lebanon Valley College and Penn State-Berks (including November 11th at LVC's home, the venerable Hersheypark Arena), and mid-season tournaments in Washington, DC and Loudonville, NY.
By the way, the fact that two games are shown on November 11th is not an error - PSU is really going to attempt the day-night doubleheader with five hours of bus in between. If you're intrigued by that, and you should be, games are streamed on the team's UStream channel.
Fri. 28 vs. Penn State-Berks (ACHA D1), 8:00 p.m.
Sat. 29 vs. Rider, 8:00 p.m.
Sun. 30 at Temple, TBD
Fri. 5 vs. Lebanon Valley College (ACHA D1), 8:00 p.m.
Sat. 6 at ACHA Showcase (Washington, DC), TBD
Sun. 7 at ACHA Showcase (Washington, DC), TBD
Sat. 13 at Delaware, 5:15 p.m.
Sat. 20 vs. Virginia Tech, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 27 vs. St. Joseph's, 1:00 p.m.
Fri. 2 at Monmouth, TBD
Sun. 4 at Rider, 2:15 p.m.
Fri. 9 at Siena College Tournament (Loudonville, NY), TBD
Sat. 10 at Siena College Tournament (Loudonville, NY), TBD
Sun. 11 at Siena College Tournament (Loudonville, NY), TBD
Sun. 11 at Lebanon Valley College (ACHA D1), TBD
Fri. 16 vs. Ohio, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 17 vs. Ohio, 7:30 p.m.
Fri. 7 vs. Delaware, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 8 vs. Temple, 7:30 p.m.
Fri. 14 at Penn State-Berks, 8:00 p.m.
Sat. 15 at Rowan, 8:15 p.m.
Fri. 11 at Liberty, TBD
Sat. 12 at Virginia Tech, 7:30 p.m.
Fri. 18 at Kentucky, 11:55 p.m.
Sat. 19 at Kentucky, 11:55 p.m.
Fri. 25 vs. Monmouth, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 26 vs. Rowan, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 2 at St. Joseph's, 5:30 p.m.
Sun. 3 at Maryland-Baltimore County, TBD
Fri. 15 at MACHA Tournament (Abingdon, MD), TBD
Sat. 16 at MACHA Tournament (Abingdon, MD), TBD
Sun. 17 at MACHA Tournament (Abingdon, MD), TBD
Sat. 23 at ACHA D2 Southeast Regionals (Location TBD), TBD
Sun. 24 at ACHA D2 Southeast Regionals (Location TBD), TBD
Fri. 15 at ACHA D2 National Tournament (St. Louis, MO), TBD
Sat. 16 at ACHA D2 National Tournament (St. Louis, MO), TBD
Sun. 17 at ACHA D2 National Tournament (St. Louis, MO), TBD
Mon. 18 at ACHA D2 National Tournament (St. Louis, MO), TBD
Tue. 19 at ACHA D2 National Tournament (St. Louis, MO), TBD