The Icepack return to the Carolina's biggest hockey stage Monday, November 29th as they take on ancient Rival UNC-Chapel Hill at PNC Arena. The winning side takes home the Governor's Cup. North Carolina's 75th Governor, Roy Cooper will be on hand for the ceremonial faceoff. The game is a fundraiser for both teams with a $5 donation at the door or in advance welcomed. Advance donors can secure their limited edition Icepack Rally Towel sponsored by CM Red. Get your donation in today by clicking here.
Fresh off winning the ACCHL Fall Tournament, the top ranked Pack traveled to Ohio to take on the 11th ranked University of Cincinnati Bearcats. The matchup featured teams with nationals two trips to the ACHA nationals to their credit in the last three years. The Icepack pounded the Bearcats over their two game set, 7-1 and 8-3. The Icepack entered into the game ranked #2 nationally and #1 regionally.
Trailing Penn State 2-0 entering the third The Icepack mounted a furious third period comeback to knock off the Nittany Lions 3-2 at Wake Competition Center on Friday night.
Due to a player availability issue for Wake Forest, the Icepack will now be playing Chapel Hill. This replaces the 11/29/22 game at the Orange County Sports Complex. The make-up date for Wake Forest has not been set. Tickets purchased for the 11/5 Wake Forest game or the 1/29 UNC game at Orange County Sports Complex will be honored.
By Bryan Pyrtle, Asst Sports Editor, The Technician
The NC State Icepack defeated the Kentucky Wildcats for the second day in a row on Saturday, Oct. 23 at Wake Competition Center. Both sides scored in the first minute of the game, setting the tone for the high-scoring 8-5 contest.
The Wildcats figuratively punched the Pack in the mouth to open the scoring, slotting a low shot past junior goaltender Griffin Hunt after just 13 seconds of play. The Wolfpack wasted no time to respond as senior forward Colby Pederson netted the equalizer just 23 seconds later.
Behind six power play goals over two games the Icepack swept the University of Delaware Blue Hens 6-4 and 7-1 to improve to 4-1 on the season and remain unbeaten in ACHA M2 play. Along the way, Pack senior Parker Szarek (Raleigh, NC) and junior Chris Solomon (Clayton, NC) recorded their 100th points. Staying with the theme for the weekend, both goals came on power play goals.
The Icepack are set to debut their new white jerseys in their first ever whiteout game against Stevenson University. This marks the first trip to Raleigh for the Mustangs and the first of three straight contests against the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Hockey Conference.
Behind six different goal scorers and a record home. sell out crowd of 1300, the Icepack torched rival UNC-Chapel Hill 10-3. On night two the Icepack fell to Liberty D1 8-4.
Just as he did during 2020-2021 campaign, Senior Parker Szarek scored first at WCC midway through the first period in what became an four goal eruption to close the period. Senior Colby Pederson would add his first of three on the night as Junior Matt Miller would open his account for the season with Pederson netting his second before the period closed. The second period would see more of the same as Junior Chris Solomon would add a PP goal, as would Senior Alex Robinson. Freshmen Emery Oliver would close out the second period with his first career goal. The third period saw more of the same as Pederson would close out his hattrick while Robinson and Szarek add their second goals of the night.
The opening of the season also featured Wolfpack basketball legend Dereck Whittenburg dropping opening faceoff as a portion of all Icepack 50/50 proceeds will go to the DW Foundation for Education.