BOARDMAN, Ohio (Tuesday, January 29, 2008) - It had been since a 3-1 triumph over the Syracuse Orange back on October 27 that the Youngstown State University hockey team had last tasted victory.
With nearly three months in the making, and College Hockey Mid-America rival John Carroll University coming into the Ice Zone on January 16, the Penguins were finally able to get over the hurdle, winning 6-2.
"The team played hard for 60 minutes, came together and did the job," said YSU head coach Rocky Russo about the team's win over the Blue Streaks. "It's been a long season, tough for these guys, and it was good to get the monkey off our backs."
Since the win, the Penguins have not fared as well, losing at No. 13 West Virginia 6-3 and at unranked Pittsburgh 7-4 two weekends ago, before falling twice this past weekend at home against No. 23 Adrian College - 5-1 on Friday night and 8-1 on Saturday.
"I thought we played very well on Friday, but fell apart for about six minutes in the second period, and that was the difference in the game," said Russo about this past weekend against Adrian.
"Saturday, we didn't make too many mistakes, but the mistakes we did make were crucial turnovers near the blue line that caused odd-man rushes, and they capitalized."
The Penguins (4-25-2) will now enjoy a weekend off before hosting Mercyhurst and No. 16 Niagara on February 9-10, and No. 19 Robert Morris University on February 17 to finish out the regular season.
Youngstown State will then host the CHMA Playoffs on February 22-24 at the Ice Zone in Boardman. 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.