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YSU Hockey Falters in Thanksgiving Tourney

BOARDMAN, OHIO (Monday, November 26, 2007) - After finishing 0-3 over the weekend in the Dearborn (Michigan) Thanksgiving Tournament, the Youngstown State University hockey team has now dropped nine in a row.

The Penguins are 3-14-2 on the year now after losing 6-2 to Adrian College on Friday, 6-2 to Western Michigan on Saturday, and 7-4 against Eastern Michigan on Sunday.

Head coach Rocky Russo says that with all the players out of the lineup due to injury, it has been hard to get any momentum started.

"It's tough to keep the guys where they need to be," says Russo. "We've thrown all the excuses out the window though. We don't care about the numbers or the rankings, we're just going to go out and do our best to win hockey games."

Despite all the injuries, a few less-heralded players have been able to increase their roles in the scoring department.

"Kevin Pawlos stepped up and put the puck in the net a couple times for us (this weekend)," Russo says. "He's been able to keep up the pace this year without having to have that natural scorer down low (injured sophomore Mike Poljak).

"He's been a big help to us on the back end, providing strong defense, and now he is starting to chip-in on the offensive end as well."

The Penguins are looking forward to the spring semester, however, as three new players might bring in the necessary skills to turn the season around.

Forwards Greg Eggleston, and Dee Samuel from the Junior B ranks; and forward Mike Schultz from the Midget AAA Philadelphia Junior Flyers, all promise to bring some much needed scoring punch to the lineup.

Next up, YSU hockey heads to the Blizzard in Buffalo Tournament in New York this coming weekend. The Penguins start off against Villanova on Friday at 5 p.m. The Youngstown State University Hockey Team is based out of the Ice Zone and is sponsored by the B.J. Alan Company - Phantom Fireworks, located in Youngstown, Ohio.