In addition to Senior Night, the Icepack will be retiring #35 in honor of Jorge Alves. Alves played for the pack between 2001 and 2003. While with the Pack, Alves, the Stoughton, Ma native became the most decorated goalie in NC State history, having had a season for the ages in 2002-2003, capturing the following;
Bull Market will be giving three lucky ticket holders a chance at $10,000 at the Icepack home finale on February 3rd. All fans 18 and older who purchase tickets by 2:00 pm Friday the day of the UNC game will automatically be entered in for a chance to take a half-full ice shot for $10,000. The more tickets you buy, the more chances to be picked to take your shot! Season ticket holders are automatically entered. Purchase your tickets here.
The Icepack will take on UNC-Chapel Hill on Monday, February 20th at Carter-Finely Stadium. Please check back here for regular updates.
Tickets: Non-ticketed per the NHL. Entrance is free. However, this event will cost the self-funded programs over $10,000. Our title sponsor, CM Red is offsetting a portion of the fee but we will be accepting donations to cover the rest of the cost. Suggested donations are the price of Icepack home games, $10. Donations can be made at the door, through this site or via Venmo @IcepackNCState.
Entrance to use: TBD
With the beginning of the spring semester, the NC State Icepack received some much needed reinforcements in the form of newcomer Chase Williams. Here’s a little bit more about the newest member of the team.
Chase is currently a first-year business major with an entrepreneurship concentration. He’s shuffled all across his forward lines throughout his playing career, but will likely dedicate most of his time to right wing. The incoming forward was born and raised in the Raleigh area, spending most of his youth hockey career with the Carolina Junior Hurricanes. His most recent stint prior to joining the Icepack was with the USPHL’s South Shore Kings U18 team, where he notched 19 points in 18 total games played, the only player on the roster to finish above point-per-game.
When it comes to goals for his rookie season with the Icepack, Chase’s answer is simple: help the team win. “My goal is to give our boys the best possible chance for a deep playoff push,” Williams noted. “Getting back into my rhythm will be crucial, knocking the rust off after not playing games for nine months is something I need to do as soon as possible.” The rust certainly didn’t take long to shake for Chase, as he recorded an assist in each of the team’s two games against the Delaware Blue Hens this past weekend.
While he certainly wishes he was playing with the team from the get-go, Chase does believe there were bright spots in being forced to watch the Icepack play for the first few months. “I feel that practicing with the team and watching the games for a few months has helped me sit back and pick up on the squad’s strengths and weaknesses,” Williams said. “Obviously it was difficult not being able to suit up for many of our big matchups so far, but I hope I can use it as an advantage when I get my chance.”
Familiarity is everything when entering a new system, and Chase certainly has plenty of that coming into the Icepack family. In fact, one of the biggest things he’s looking forward to is finally being able to take the ice again with guys who he’s played with before. “Guys like Zack Robinson, Zach Herman, and Philip Bailey are old long-time teammates and friends of mine, so being able to jump on the ice in game action with them will be electric.”
“Something I am very confident in is my innate scoring ability, and I feel it is my best tool as a player,” Chase details when asked his biggest strength as a player. It’s no secret the Icepack certainly hoped for a more result-successful first semester, but Chase’s natural abilities may be exactly what the team needs to push themselves over the edge and get back to winning ways. While the sample size is certainly small, the Icepack is scoring at a 5.0 goals-per-game rate since Williams was inserted into the lineup, significantly higher than the 2.76 goals-per-game clip the team was scoring at in all games prior.
Since Chase became an official full-time member of the Icepack, the team’s offense has certainly seen a clear and obvious boost. While the team will most definitely still see their fair share of hardships and struggles over the second semester, it’s clear Chase has had nothing but a positive impact thus far, and the team’s odds of overcoming adversity only increase with his presence.
“New year, new me,” right? While the saying has become extremely cliche in recent years, the Icepack is embracing it to its fullest extent. Since the beginning of 2023, the team has gone 4-1, outscoring their opponents 19-16 over that stretch. In hockey, you’re only as good as your last performance, and the Icepack may have had their best of the season this weekend.
After a successful trip to St. Louis just prior to the beginning of the spring semester, the Icepack welcomed the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens for a two-game series at Invisalign Arena. The Blue Hens are far from a powerhouse team (ranked 25th in the Southeast Region, 7-16 record heading into this weekend), but the team was in search of revenge from last season, as the Icepack walked into Delaware and thrashed the Blue Hens twice last year.
Game one was easily one of the more dominant games the Icepack has played all season long. The boys in red and black scored seven goals in their first tilt against the Blue Hens on Friday night, tying their season high for goals in a single game this season. Dominant goal-scoring performances by sophomore forward Zack Robinson (hat trick) and senior forward Matt Miller (two goals) allowed the Icepack to cruise past Delaware with ease.
While game two wasn’t nearly as dominant offensively, the Icepack was able to do something they have struggled to do consistently all season: win close games. The team came into this weekend with a less-than-impressive record of 3-7 in games decided by two goals or less, something they certainly aimed to improve when reflecting on the difficult fall semester. A strong weekend performance by freshman forward Zach Herman (two goals, two assists in two games) continued into Saturday’s game, leading the Icepack to a 3-2 win, despite accruing 33 penalty minutes in the bout.
Following their two wins against Delaware this weekend, the Icepack has improved their overall record to 10-12-1, with a 2-2 record in ACCHL play. The team’s next game comes on Friday night against the 2-3 Wake Forest Demon Deacons in Winston-Salem.
Out with 2022, in with 2023. The phrase “new year, new me” is used all too often this time of year, and is certainly an adage the Icepack aims to authenticate. While the holidays may have come to an end this weekend, the Ice Pack is still feeling the joy as they travel to St. Louis, Missouri to take part in the Lindenwood Winter Classic this weekend. Following a 6-11-1 overall record to start the season, the team seeks to right the ship in their final showcase of the season against strong ACHA Division II competition.
Game one this weekend comes on Thursday night against the team hosting the showcase, the Lindenwood Lions. The Icepack’s first game of the new year will be far from an easy one, as they boast an impressive 14-4-0 record this season, as well as a near perfect 11-1-0 record in home games. The Lions are also currently ranked first amongst all teams in the ACHA Division II Central Region, proving this will be a true challenge for the Icepack.
The second game of the weekend comes on Friday night against the Davenport Panthers. While Davenport’s 9-10-0 record doesn’t pop off the stat sheet, they will certainly come out ready to play for an ulterior motive: revenge. The Icepack defeated the Panthers in the 2021 ACHA Nationals by a score of 5-3 in pool play to eliminate them from moving onto the playoff stage, so they will without a doubt be hungry for vengeance going into Friday night.
The Icepack wrap up their weekend trip to St. Louis with a Saturday afternoon tilt against the Trine Thunder. With a 14-5-0 record, the Thunder currently sit at third in the ACHA Division II Central Region, far from an easy game to end the showcase. Trine currently has a 6-2-0 record on the road, one of the best in their region, so the Thunder won’t be challenged by playing in foreign territory.
Much of the early portion of the season was dedicated to growing and developing the young and inexperienced talent that the Icepack took in this off-season, and the team did just that. However, now it’s time for results, and the coming of a brand new year gives the Icepack an excellent opportunity to start fresh and build on the foundation they’ve created.