MUSKEGON, Michigan (January 21st) – The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud to announce that Forward Matt Mendelson has made his college commitment to play for the Penn State Nittany Lions out of the Big Ten Conference following his junior career staying close to his native hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Mendelson is currently in his first full season with the Lumberjacks and has totaled 26 points (13 goals and 13 assists) to go along with a plus-five rating in 36 games played. In addition, Mendelson played in 17 games last season in Muskegon recording two goals and one assist to go along with a plus-three rating.
“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.”
Prior to coming to Muskegon in November of 2012, Mendelson began the 2012-13 season with the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite (Midget Major) Team out of the Midwest Elite Hockey League (MWEHL) accumulating 19 points (6 goals and 13 assists) in 22 games played. During the 2011-12 season, Mendelson skated for the Pittsburgh Hornets Midget Minor Team notching 42 points (14 goals and 28 assists) in 36 games played.
This season, Mendelson is one of two assistant captains on this year’s Lumberjacks team sharing the honors with teammate Trevor Morbeck.
(Nathan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)