Icers Look to End on High Note with Trip to Liberty
Guy Gadowsky’s Penn State Icers haven’t encountered much adversity through 14 games of their final ACHA season, but one final road block stands in their way as No. 1 Penn State travels to No. 8 Liberty for their final series of the first semester.
“We have a few things to work on, one of them being the power play,” Gadowsky said during his weekly radio interview on PA Sports Now.
If there is any area the 13-1 Icers can improve, it’s certainly the power play, as Penn State is currently hitting it on a 25 percent clip. Part of this can be blamed on not having a set special teams unit, as Gadowsky continues to role lines when up or down a man, but the lack of success can certainly be a factor come tournament time.
Liberty sits at 14-5-3 on the year, and are 3-1 in their last four, winning 5-3 on the road last time out at Virginia Tech. Brent Boschmen will be the one player in red, white, and blue that Penn State will need to keep an eye on, as the junior has racked up 12 goals and 35 points to date, and will certainly be a test for whoever Gadowsky decides to put between the pipes Friday and Saturday night.
Leading points scorer Justin Kirchevel will be out for both games as he recovers from a shoulder injury, and line mate Taylor Holstrom will not dress as well, as he recovers from a concussion suffered earlier in the season.
As long as Penn State can continue their success on the defensive side of special teams, and find some production from somewhere other than Kirchevel, which shouldn’t be an issue, the Icers look set to secure their fourteenth and fifteenth victories of the season heading in to the halfway point of the season.
Looking ahead to the spring semester, Penn State and Division III Neumann University announced today that they would play an outdoor game at Citizens Bank Park on January 4th as apart of the 2011 NHL Winter Classic, which will host an NHL game January 2nd between the New York Rangers and Phildadelphia Flyers.
“As Penn State becomes a Division I Hockey school, what better way to make a statement than to compete on the largest stage in the State of Pennsylvania when they face off against Neumann University at Citizens Bank Park?” Comcast-Spectacor President Peter Luukko said in a press release.
Tickers for the event are $10 each and all seats are general admission. Use the promo code “PSU” when purchasing.