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February 17, 2018

Pack hope to eliminate Wake Forest in Game 2 of the ACCHL Tournament

 

How to watch: PackTV’s YouTube livestream, with pregame from Ethan Barry and Zak Selwaeh starting at 6:45PM.

 

After a hearty and healthy schlacking by both teams to their respective opponents, NC State (15-6, 8-2 ACC, 1-0 ACC Tourney) prepares to take on Wake Forest (12-7-1, 8-6 ACC, 1-0 ACC Tourney) in the second game of the end of season tournament for the ACCHL. State comes into this game now on a 6 game win streak, while Wake Forest has won it’s past two games. After an injury riddled season last season, State wants nothing more than to regain the cup for it’s seniors, while Wake Forest will be looking for one of it’s first Tournament wins in a long time.

 

The Scoop on the Demon Deacons

Wake Forest has had a great season to remember. Although streaky and playing more ACC games than most of the teams in the division, the guys in the yellow jerseys have proved their worth. Defeating Virginia Tech last night by a score of 8-1, it was clear why they made the tournament; great scoring, great defense, and great goaltending. That is a trio that is extremely tough to beat. Handling players like Tyler Potts and goaltending from David Ostrowski, this is going to be a difficult team to face going forward for the Icepack. But now more than ever, regular season play simply does not matter for Wake Forest. Expect the Demon Deacons to come out and show no Mercy against the Pack.

 

The Scoop on State

State had an incredible game last night against a very speedy James Madison, scoring 8 goals in an obliteration match. Sam Banasiewicz recorded two as well did Trevor Merchant, along with goals from Tyler Alfonzetti, Ryan Kinney, Ian O’Rourke, and Eric Todd. It was a big night for the entire team, except for a few defensive lapses from State. After season long troubles, the Pack has been able to hone in their skills and finally capitalize within the first 10 minutes of the game. The special teams looked better than ever, and Joey Hall was solid in net. State has the tools. Expect them to use them.

 

The Lineup

While the full team is here, the lineup is always subject to change. Here is a rough look:

 

Sam  Banasiewicz (C)     Eric Todd        Luis Gimenez (C)

 

Tyler Alfonzetti     Will Biberdorf   Trevor Merchant

 

Andrew Kristof       Ryan Lenzmeier   Hayden Dewey

 

Eric Johnston        Matt Costigan    Eric Schwartz

 

Ellis Rushford       Ian O'Rourke

 

Cam Mazikowski       Chris Wing

 

Davis Hudson         Jon Kokkelenberg

           

Joey Hall

Josh Cannon

 

Healthy Scratches: Alex Vedetta, Eric Mura, Ian Hutchison, Will Trolle, Jack MacDonald

 

Keep an Eye on:

 

Wake Forest: Scott McKean. An absolutely terrorizing presence to the Pack throughout this season, and registering a goal last night, Scott is on fire. He does a great job of feeding his teammates and has incredible speed throughout the zone and can crash the net well. State will need to block him out very well if they want to continue.

 

State: Trevor Merchant. What a night last night for the freshman centerman in the Poole College of Management. A 3 point performance in his 1st playoff game is certainly something to be proud of, but he knows the tournament isn’t done. It’s still going. Trevor has his assets ready. Expect him to ride the momentum and unleash his scoring threat.


Notes: Sam Banasiewicz now has 10 goals in his past 6 games… Giminez goal streak snapped…

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