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Local Ties Leading the Way for Vermont – Penn State Hockey Game in Philly

Philly Faceoff

Philly Faceoff

The Philadelphia area will be well-represented Saturday when the University of Vermont takes on Penn State University in the first-ever Philadelphia College Hockey Faceoff.

There are nine players from the area that will hit ice, with five playing for Penn State and four playing for Vermont.  All of them grew up in the greater Philadelphia area and played for clubs throughout the Delaware Valley.  Penn State’s Rich O’Brien, Connor Varley, Peter Sweetland, and Brian Dolan, along with Vermont’s Nick Luukko – participated in the Flyers Cup Scholastic Championships with their respective high school teams.

The game will be a good bench mark to see how the Wells Fargo Center can handle such an event since the arena will host the 2014 Frozen Four. The game was moved back to 8 p.m. since the Flyers host the Pittsburgh Penguins just a few hours before this inaugural match up. It is expected to draw a good crowd since a lot fans plans to stick around to catch both games live. It is predicted to be the largest crowd ever at a collegiate hockey game in the state of Pennsylvania.

Below are the players with local connections:


Rich O’Brien

Sr. – D – Furlong, PA

Age 21 (2/13/91)

O’Brien attended Central Bucks East High School and played his club hockey for Team Comcast.  O’Brien played the past three seasons for Penn State’s ACHA club hockey team,  collecting 60 points (12g, 48a) over 105 games.


Connor Varley

Fr. – D – Lansdale, PA

Age 20 (6/30/92)

Varley joined the Nittany Lions as a freshman this year after spending the 2011-12 season in the USHL with the Des Moines Buccaneers.  Varley played club hockey as a youth for both the Valley Forge Minutemen and the Philadelphia Junior Flyers. Varley attended La Salle College High School, where he was a member of the school’s 2008 Flyers Cup and Pennsylvania State AAA Champion team, and was named to the Flyers Cup All-Tournament Team on defense.


Peter Sweetland

So. – D – Newtown, PA

Age 21 (2/18/91)

Sweetland came to Penn State last season as a member of the ACHA team and collected 13 points (2G, 11A) 22 games.  He attended Pennsbury High School and played club hockey for the Mercer Chiefs.


Dominic Morrone

Sr. – F – Sewell, NJ

Age 23 (5/29/89)

Morrone has collected 100 points (38g, 62a) in 93 games over the past three years with Penn State’s ACHA team.  He played locally for the Philadelphia Junior Flyers and attended St. Augustine Prep.


Brian Dolan

Sr. – D – Havertown, PA

Age 22 (7/18/90)

Dolan picked up 20 points (4g, 16a) in 57 career games over three seasons with Penn State’s ACHA team.   He played high school hockey at Monsignor Bonner, where he was a first-team All-Delco selection.



Nick Luukko

So. – D – West Chester, PA

Age 21 (11/29/91)

Luukko arrived at Vermont a year ago after spending a season in the USHL with Dubuque, where he helped the Fighting Saints to the league championship.  He played locally for the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers and Team Comcast, and also attended Malvern Prep.  Luukko was selected by the Flyers in the sixth round (179th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.


Colin Markison

So. – F – Princeton, NJ

Age 20 (8/6/92)

Markison is in his second season with the Catamounts, arriving on campus after spending two seasons in the USHL with Omaha.  Markison played club hockey for the Mercer Chiefs and the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers.


Chris McCarthy

Jr. – F – Collegeville, PA

Age 21 (7/30/91)

McCarthy is Vermont’s leading scorer with six goals and 11 assists for 17 points through the team’s first 19 games of the season.  He came to the Catamounts after spending a season playing for the US National Under-18 team.  Locally, McCarthy played for the Valley Forge Minutemen and Team Comcast.


Kyle Mountain

So. – F – Bryn Mawr, PA

Age 22 (9/3/90)

Mountain is in his second season with Vermont.  Prior to joining the Catamounts, he played one season in the British Columbia Hockey League (Canadian Jr. A) and three seasons in the Eastern Junior Hockey League (US Tier III).  He played locally at Malvern Prep and also for the Valley Forge Minutemen and Philadelphia Jr. Flyers.  Mountain attended the 2012 Flyers summer prospect camp on a camp invitation.


Stats provided by Comcast Spectacor