“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.