Salisbury hockey duo make commitments

Two members of last season's NEPSAC Elite 8 championship Salisbury hockey squad announced their college commitments this week.

First, forward Derek Barach (1995) committed to Mercyhurst earlier this week, before fellow forward Matt Muzyka ('96) gave his verbal commitment to Quinnipiac.

Barach, a 5-foot-7, 150-pound native of Glenmont, N.Y., is scheduled to join the Lakers for the 2015-16 season.

"Derek is an extremely hard working player who has the rare ability to make those around him better," Salisbury head coach Andrew Will told ESPN Boston. "He has outstanding speed, plays with tremendous energy and is relentless. Derek has a good stick, sees the ice well and finds a way to contribute offensively. I think Derek will be an outstanding addition to Mercyhurst's program."

Muzyka, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound native of Cheshire, Conn., is also on track to join the Bobcats in 2015.

"I am thrilled for Matthew and I know he is extremely excited to commit to Quinnipiac," Will said. "Matthew has excellent offensive instincts and has a knack for making good things happen with the puck on his stick. He has worked very hard to improve his play without the puck, and he is only going to get better as he grows and gets stronger."