Alec Marsh Player Spotlight

Audio/Story posted February 13, 2018 in Sports, CommRadio by Joseph Esquivel-Murphy

This hockey season for Penn State has been littered with injuries as major players for the Nittany Lions have missed time due to injury. One player that has not been affected by injuries is junior forward Alec Marsh, who has stepped up into the line with Chase Berger and Andrew Sturtz.

While Marsh is not the same type of offensive player like Sturtz, his connection with Berger has been valuable as head coach Guy Gadowsky is searching for line continuity. His eight points on the season are not the highest on the team, but they have come at opportune times.

In Penn State’s last game against second-ranked Notre Dame, Marsh recorded a goal and an assist and might be playing the best hockey of his Penn State career. This type of play from the Bridgewater, New Jersey native is nothing new as he had performances like that during his time in the USHL.

Marsh started his time in the USHL with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, where he played from 2012-2015. His debut season with the RoughRiders saw him score four goals and record seven assists, but broke out the next season with 33 points. His final season in the USHL was split between three teams as he started with the RoughRiders, before suiting up for the Sioux Falls Stampede and the Fargo Force.

Marsh’s debut season in Happy Valley was his best as he netted seven goals and 14 assists in 37 appearances for the Nittany Lions. His playing time dipped last season, but his propensity for playing big in key games started as he scored a goal in Penn State’s double overtime victory against Minnesota in the Big Ten semifinals.
Marsh might not be the most heralded player on Penn State’s roster, but he always plays his best in big games throughout his career.

Joseph Esquivel-Murphy is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism and Spanish. To contact him, email jje5139@psu.edu.