The No. 4 Penn State Icers improved to 2-0 with an 11-0 win over No.16 Illinois (3-3), Friday night in Champaign.
In Penn State’s last season at the club level, before the shift to varsity next season, the team has looked unstoppable. After Friday’s game Penn State has now outscored opponents 23-1.
Penn State’s scoring was led by freshman Tommy Olczyk, who recorded the first hat trick of his Penn State career. Olczyk now has four goals on the season to go along with four assists.
Olczyk’s linemates, transfers Taylor Holstrom and Justin Kirchhevel continue to impress in their first season at Penn State. Holstrom and Kirchhevel both scored two goals on the night, bringing the total for the line to nine goals in two games.
Sophomore goalie Matt Madrazo started in net for the Icers and played all 60 minutes. Last week Madrazo split the game with freshman PJ Musico. Madrazo recorded a shutout on Friday night, finishing with 19 saves, but Musico is the planned starter for Saturday.
The win is the second in as many weeks for Penn State, who should move up in this week’s ACHA rankings, with two of the three teams ahead of Penn State losing.
At 8:30 tomorrow night, the Icers will play Illinois in the second game of the series.