Penn State Hockey

Penn State men’s hockey: Trio of recruits set to join Nittany Lions

The Penn State men’s hockey team has three more recruits lined up to join the team this fall.

The Nittany Lions announced the additions of goalie Chris Funkey and defensemen Derian Hamilton and Vince Pedrie to the spring signing class. All three are 21 years old.

Funkey is a 5-foot-10, 175-pound goalie from Orland Park, Ill. He has been a three-year starter for the New Jersey Hitmen of the U.S. Premier Hockey League, helping the team to the league championship while posting a 1.41 goals-against average and .947 save percentage in the postseason. He led the league in goals-against average each of the last two seasons.

Hamilton (6-1, 175), from Port McNeill, British Columbia, Canada, has played the last four seasons in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League, most recently with Comex Valley. He scored 16 goals and 56 assists in 58 games this past season, and has 37 goals and 132 assists over the last four years.

Pedrie (6-0, 185) is from Rochester, Minn., and has spent the last four years in the U.S. Hockey League, most recently with Tri-City. He totaled 22 goals and 45 assists over four years and had 14 goals and 16 assists in 67 games for two teams last season.

They join forwards Chase Berger, Alec Marsh and Matt Mendelson and defenseman Kevin Kerr in this fall’s freshman class, giving the Nittany Lions a 24-man roster. The team started last season with 27 men on the roster.

Since last season ended with an 18-15-4 record, Penn State saw seven seniors leave the program, leading scorer Casey Bailey sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the NHL, Jonathan Milley depart after battling numerous injuries and Scott Conway dismissed from the program for violating team rules.

The Nittany Lions also had received a National Letter of Intent last fall from forward Denis Smirnov, but he has deferred his scholarship until next fall so he can continue to develop with Fargo in the USHL.

Penn State opens with an exhibition game against Windsor on Oct. 4, and opens the regular season at Canisius on Oct. 10.