While Penn State has known about their Division 1 hockey program for several months now, outside of a lot of money the program has very little to actually show for it. That changed this week when New Hampshire Junior Monarchs goalie Tim Carr and South Shore center Jake Friedman committed to Penn State for the first two pieces of an exciting puzzle.
Carr who will play for the Icers next year but will not lose a year of eligibility expressed his excitement to Lions247:
“It feels great, it is something special, to be a part of something like Penn State is unbelievable,” said Carr in a phone interview on Wednesday. “Coming to a school like Penn State, with the reputation they have for athletics, and the plan they have for the Division I ice hockey team, it is going to be something special.”
Currently Carr splits time with goalie Brian Billit who will be headed to the college hockey powerhouse Boston College next season. In Carr’s 20 starts he has put together a very respectable15-2-3 record along with a 2.44 GAA and a 91% save percentage. All things considered those a solid numbers that will only improve or in the very least solidify with a year of work in the Icer program.
Penn State’s second commitment Jake Friedman comes to Penn State after putting together a solid 2010 season so far amassing 26 goals and 35 assists in only 45 games. This essentially makes Friedman good for a goal every other game, although as the competition increases expecting him to do so would be a little unfair. Either way the point remains the same: Friedman has a knack for finding his teammates and the back of the net. Friedman will also play a year with the Icers before the transition to Division 1 and will not lose a year of eligibility.
Both players are now the building blocks of a rapidly approaching D1 program that has taken over Happy Valley by storm.