After a long weekend with SUNY-Fredonia and Pitt in the rear-view mirror, the Icers were treated to a single Friday night game against West Chester for this weekend. Looking to remain undefeated, the Icers welcomed the 23rd-ranked Golden Rams to State College, in a game that was sure to create some sparks.
|#23 West Chester
|#1 PENN STATE
PSU Goals: Jensen, Holstrom, McDonaugh, Kirchhevel,
Olczyk, Russo, Dell
It was a game that was closer than it should have been for awhile, and a game that got very testy by the end. Four power play goals in the 3rd period would ensure that the final score would reflect the play on the ice, as the Icers would rip through the Golden Rams. Nate Jensen would continue his solid play, getting the Icers on the board just 1:13 into the game. Taylor Holstrom would extend the lead to 2-0 later in the period, and Mike McDonaugh would add a shorthanded goal in the 2nd. But the 3-0 lead meant that WCU could still make a comeback. But a chippy final period that saw two WCU players getting game disqualifications, 77 total penalty minutes between the two teams, and a 5-minute 5-on-3 power play for the Icers were just the backdrop for four power play goals for the Icers. While the Icers peppered the WCU goalies with 67 shots, PJ Musico stopped all 23 shots fired his way, preserving the shutout and making it a blowout win, 7-0.
Season Record and ACHA Ranking: 10-0-0, ranked #1 in the ACHA
News, Notes, Observations: Some love to Brandon Russo for getting a goal and an assist in his first game as an Icer. Not a bad way to make an impression on the coach and the fans. Kudos to McDonaugh for some solid work on the PK to get the shorthanded goal in the 2nd period. And props to Musico for finally getting his first shutout as an Icer. We hope there are many more to come.
In the 2nd period, Brian Dolan got into an altercation with one of the Golden Rams players, where he (apparently) grabbed the player's facemask (from the video, it looked more like he just bear-hugged the guys head, but maybe he grabbed the facemask in there somewhere, too). In hockey, that's a 5-minute major penalty and a game disqualification. This means Dolan is suspended for the next game, which is a shame because of how well Dolan has been playing this season.
And because I enjoy repeating myself, the line of Kirchhevel-Olczyk-Holstrom was dominant again, as all three picked up a goal in the game. Also, the Icers are crazy-good on Friday games. In 5 Friday games, the Icers have outscored their opponents, 43-4. Sick.
One final note, the Lady Icers (4-3-2) defeated Cal (Pa.) by a score of 6-0. While I don't want to overlook the strong play of the ladies this season, especially considering their tough schedule, I wanted to note that after the game the team took a moment of silence in honor the victims from the scandal that has engulfed our attention for this past week. I would also like to thank the Cal (Pa.) players and coaches for joining our ladies in the moment of silence.
Up next for the Icers are the Delaware Blue Hens. The Icers will travel down to UD for the Friday night game, and then both teams will travel back to Penn State for an 8pm game on Saturday. The Icers have off for Thanksgiving, and then finish the 2011 portion of the season with a home weekend vs. Rutgers and a road trip to Liberty University.