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Lumberjacks Forward Commits to Penn State University

01/21/2014, 10:00am CST
By bwerger

The Muskegon Lumberjacks announced that forward Matt Mendelson has committed to play NCAA hockey at Penn State University following his USHL career.

“Being from Pittsburgh, I get a chance to play in my home state close to my family and friends as well as play in the Big Ten Conference for a new and upcoming program,” said Mendelson.  “I loved the coaching staff, and the facilities are phenomenal.  Also, their brand new Pegula Ice Arena is top notch and, in my opinion, the nicest college rink in the country.”

Mendelson is currently second the Lumberjacks in scoring with 26 points (13g, 13a) through 36 games this season.  He has also posted a plus-five rating, and two of his goals have been game-winners.  The 18-year-old put together a five-game point streak during the month of November and recently recorded a four-game point streak.  Mendelson is also serving as one of the team's alternate captains this season.

He first broke into the League last season, scoring three points (2g, 1a) over 17 games with the Lumberjacks.  Previously, he played youth hockey in the Pittsburgh Penguins AAA and Pittsburgh Hornets organizations.

Mendelson is joined by seven other current USHL players are also committed to play hockey at Penn State; Alec Marsh (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Scott Conway (Indiana Ice), Denis Smirnov (Indiana Ice), Chase Berger (Tri-City Storm), Kevin Kerr (Tri-City Storm), Bo Pellah (Youngstown Phantoms), and Steven Ruggiero (Youngstown Phantoms).

Penn State University is a member of the newly-formed Big Ten Conference for hockey and has 14 USHL alumni on the Nittany Lions roster this season; Connor Varley (Des Moines Buccaneers), Patrick Koudys (Muskegon Lumberjacks), Mark Yanis (Muskegon Lumberjacks), David Goodwin (Cedar Rapids/Sioux City/Green Bay), Kenny Brooks (Tri-City Storm), Tommy Olczyk (Sioux City Musketeers), Zach Saar (Muskegon/Des Moines/Chicago), Eric Scheid (Lincoln Stars), Nate Jensen (Tri-City/Cedar Rapids), Casey Bailey (Omaha Lancers), Max Gardiner (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Taylor Holstrom (Youngstown/Omaha), Matt Skoff (Sioux City Musketeers), and Eamon McAdam (Waterloo Black Hawks).

USHL stats – Matt Mendelson


Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 12th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2013-14.  A record 32 players were chosen in the 2013 NHL Draft and more than 300 players on team rosters last season have committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.  For more information, visit us on the web at or visit the League’s social media platforms, including Facebook (, twitter (, and YouTube (  Fans can also watch USHL action all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (

It’s not just hockey. It’s the USHL.

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