Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Marsh, Berger, Kerr Make USHL Fall Rosters

2015 recruit Alec Marsh is looking for a follow-up to a solid rookie season in Cedar Rapids

Penn State commits Alec Marsh, Chase Berger and Kevin Kerr have all been asked to fall training camps by their respective USHL squads, including the Tri-City Storm (Berger and Kerr) and the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (Marsh).

Last week's invitations were extended following tryout camps held May 30th through June 2nd (Cedar Rapids) and June 19th through 21st (Tri-City). Teams don't tend to be very sharing concerning the happenings at those camps, although the Storm did provide several updates - notably including the fact that Berger scored twice in three games played by his Maroon Team, then added a goal and an assist in one of the all-star games to close things out. Obviously, the others played pretty well too.

Marsh is a veteran player, as he played 40 games for the RoughRiders last season alongside PSU freshman David Goodwin, scoring four times among his 11 points while seeing his ice time increase as the year proceeded. One-time Tri-City draft picks Kerr and Berger played primarily for their high school and midget major teams, although both have received the odd call-up from the affiliate list, as the two played a combined nine games for the Storm in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.

The road isn't quite finished yet. This cutdown was designed for compliance with the USHL's July 10th roster limit of 30 players plus 18 affiliate list players. By the time the season starts, both teams will have to trim further, to 23 on the active roster and 18 affiliate listers. Preseason camps begin in August, with the regular season opening in late September.

While nothing is certain yet, it appears likely that all of Penn State's remaining commits - Bo Pellah, James Robinson and A.J. Greer - will spend 2013-2014 with their 2012-2013 teams, the Alberni Valley Bulldogs (BCHL), Langley Rivermen (BCHL) and Kimball Union Academy (New England prep), respectively. Greer, who was picked by the Des Moines Buccaneers in Phase 2 of the USHL Draft back in May, is on that team's affiliate list. The Bucs have not put out a roster announcement yet, and while it wouldn't be surprising to see Greer at fall camp, his making the team this season would fall into that category.

Elsewhere, notables surviving USHL tryout camps included Matt Mendelson, a returning player with the Muskegon Lumberjacks and the brother of Nittany Lion women's player Cara Mendelson. Fellow Pittsburgh Hornets product Matt Miller, the long-time boyfriend of the women's team's Stephanie Walkom, is vying for a spot on the Youngstown Phantoms.

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