Sunday, February 27, 2011

Superb Senior Saturday

The Penn State Icers are on the right track as they head to their 20th consecutive National Tournament appearance after taking two lopsided victories from the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on the final weekend of the 2010-11 season.

With no disrespect to Rutgers, it should come as no surprise that the Icers won by 9-2 and 10-2 margins. Team speed and depth were the keys to the wins - both will be needed if the Icers hope to get past Rhode Island in next Saturday's tournament opener.

The line of Chris Pronchik, Joe Zitarelli and Mike Broccolo continued their red-hot play on Saturday. After combining for 11 points in Friday's win, the trio added 6 more points in the weekend finale.

Pronchik finished his regular season career with two assists on Saturday and a goal and three helpers on Friday, Zitarelli had two goals on Saturday to go with his four assists on Friday, while Broccolo counted two assists Saturday after scoring twice and adding an assist on Friday.

Ted Hume was solid on Saturday, stopping 23 of 25 shots. His performance is a good sign heading to the tournament - giving the Icers a solid one-two tandem with Ted and Mathew Madrazo.

I misspoke at the end of Saturday's webcast, only crediting Teddy with 58 career victories instead of 59.

The only downside of the weekend was the injury to Paul Daley in Friday's win. Hopefully, the gritty junior will be cleared to play next weekend. If not, the coaches will have plenty of able bodies to take his place.

Congratulations to the senior class for all they've accomplished of the past four years. Let's hope that they will cap their careers at Penn State by bringing the Murdoch Cup back to where it belongs.

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