Mo Stroemel has served multiple roles with Penn State's hockey programs since 1994. During the inaugural varsity season, Stroemel will also oversee the video aspects of the program.
Stroemel served as head coach of Penn State's women's club hockey team from 2007-11, leading the team to a fifth-place finish at the 2010 national tournament and an appearance in the 2011 Eastern Collegiate Women's Hockey League Final Four. He also served as head coach of the 2011 U.S. University Women's Select Team at the World University Games in Turkey.
Prior to working with the Lady Icers, Stroemel spent three seasons as an assistant coach for Penn State's Division I men's program as the team advanced to the national championship game each season.
From 1996-2004, Stroemel served as head coach of PSU's ACHA Division II men's team and guided the squad to the national tournament four times. During his tenure, he earned ACHA Division II Northeast Region Coach of the Year honors twice.
Stroemel graduated from Penn State in 1980 in advertising and earned his master's of fine arts degree in 2002 for theatre. An avid music buff and guitarist, he resides in State College with his wife, Joan, and children, Sarah and Tom.
The Ice Lions opened their 2014-2015 campaign at Pegula Ice Arena this past Friday, facing a gritty Rider University team that was 2-0 coming into the weekend. Having two games already under their belt, Rider looked comfortable from the start, slipping an early goal past starter Mike DeGaetano to take the lead. Less than three minutes later, Franky Reluzco found an open Ryan Urban in the slot, and Urban made no mistake in tying the game at one apiece. Several minutes later, the teams exchanged goals once again, with Patrick Grilli and Chris Lewis tallying less than one minute apart from one another.
The game was a clean but physical tilt, as hard hits were exchanged both ways with only five penalties called in total.
Penn State would continue to strike, with goals by Abe Edson, Lewis (2), and Austin Meehan to complete the 5-2 victory. The two teams will face off again next Friday, October 10th at Loucks Ice Arena in Lawrenceville, NJ.
On Saturday, the Ice Lions took on Millersville University at Pegula and found no trouble finding twine from the opening whistle. Penn State netted five goals in the first and three in the second before the Marauders managed to tally one. Leading the charge were seniors Fredrik Linge and Creek Lewis with two goals apiece in the opening two stanzas.
As the scoring gap widened, the penalty box attendants began to get more and more company, especially on the visitors’ side. Throughout the game, Millersville was called on 15 violations while Penn State managed to stay more disciplined with only 7 infractions.
Going into the third with an 8-1 lead, the Ice Lions’ scoring did not waver, with Linge completing the hat trick on the powerplay less than a minute into the period. Spencer Svoboda and Will Vaeth also took advantage of the man-up scenario, burying a goal each to finalize the score at 11-1.
The Ice Lions will hit the road next weekend, playing Rider University on Friday before heading up to Connecticut for two games against Sacred Heart University.