Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Good, But Could be Better

That's the blunt assessment of Scott Balboni after the Icers took two from the Central Oklahoma Bronchos last weekend.  Certainly, the Icers have looked good during their 5-0 start to the season, but just as certainly, there have been some major mistakes that have led to opposition goals.

Those mistakes are being addressed during practice this week as the Icers prepare for this weekend's series against the Ohio Bobcats.

OU comes to town with a 3-2-1 record,ranked 2nd, while the Icers are 4th in Division I.  Dan Morris' team split last weekend's home series with Oakland after being swept by D-I newcomer Davenport at the Bird Arena the previous weekend.

There's no love lost between these two storied programs, and no secrets either.  As Rodney Martin wrote in his preview on the Icers website:

(T)hese contests will mark the 77th and 78th time that they have met since the 1981-82 season. Penn State currently leads the series with 43 wins, 26 losses, 5 ties and 2 shootout losses. Last year, the Icers went 3-1 against the Bobcats.

One Icer who is off to a solid start to the season is sophomore defenseman Rich O'Brien.  Rich is 5th on the team in scoring with 2 goals, including a power play marker, and 3 assists.  His plus-7 is tops on the team along with Kevin Miller and Mike McDonagh, and he's racked up 6 minutes in penalties.

Rich is part of the first father-son duo in Icers history.  Dad Rick played one season with JoeBa back in the last century, recording one assist and enough penalties that Rich may never catch that number!



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