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Three Rivers Classic Preview: Penn State

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

OVERVIEW

Penn State returns to CONSOL Energy Center on Dec. 27-28 to make its second appearance in the Three Rivers Classic. Now in their first season as a member of the Big Ten Conference and second overall as an NCAA Division-I program, the Nittany Lions have posted a 3-9-1 (0-2-0 Big Ten) record through the first third of their 2013-14 schedule.

Penn State enters tournament play on the heels of six consecutive meetings against nationally ranked opponents (No. 6 Union; No. 10 UMass-Lowell; No. 14 Wisconsin). Although they went winless during that stretch, four of the Nittany Lions’ six losses were determined by just one goal. Penn State has also recorded three or more goals in three of its last four games.

Last season, the Nittany Lions split their two games in the Three Rivers Classic with a 5-4 victory against Ohio State and a 6-0 loss to Robert Morris. Penn State finished its inaugural season at the NCAA Division-I level with a 13-14-0 record as an independent team.

The Nittany Lions will open competition in the 2013 Three Rivers Classic against Robert Morris (2-10-2, 2-5-2 AHC) on Dec. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

QUICK FACTS

  • The new era of hockey in Happy Valley was welcomed with the opening of the Pegula Ice Arena on Sept. 9, 2013 thanks to a $102 million donation—the largest in school history—in 2010 from Penn State graduate and current owner of the Buffalo Sabres Terrence Pegula and his wife, Kim, to fund Penn State’s transition into NCAA Division-I hockey
  • 18 of the Nittany Lions’ 27 players are either in their freshman or sophomore seasons
  • Penn State is 11-for-52 (21.2%) on the power play and 59-for-72 (81.9%) on the penalty kill, ranking second in the Big Ten in each of those categories
  • Sophomore defenseman Luke Juha has scored all four of his goals on the man-advantage to lead the team in power-play goals
  • Sophomore forward Eric Scheid has recorded seven of his 11 points in the past five games and currently leads the Nittany Lions in goals (7), assists (4), points (11) and shot percentage (.241) and he is second is power-play goals (3) as well
  • Sophomore goaltender Matthew Skoff, a native of McKees Rocks, Pa., leads all Penn State netminders in games (9), minutes (531:54), goals against average (3.27), save percentage (.900) and wins (3)

HOCKEY VALLEY’S GUY

Penn State named Guy Gadowsky head coach of its men’s hockey team on April 24, 2011. In his first season at the helm, Gadowsky led the Nittany Lions to a 29-5 showing and first-place finish in their final year in the ACHA. He currently holds a 16-23-1 (0-2-0 Big Ten) overall record in two seasons with Penn State at the NCAA Division-I level.

In 2012-13, Gadowsky anchored Penn State to marquee victories against Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin, in addition to defeating Vermont, 4-2, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa. on Jan. 19, 2013 in front of the largest crowd to ever watch a collegiate hockey game in an NHL arena (19,529).

TOP SCORERS

PLAYER              GPGAPTS+/-

Eric Scheid           137411-6

Luke Juha             13459+1

David Goodwin      12358-2

Ricky DeRosa       11347+2

Tommy Olczyk       133360

GOALIE STATISTICS

PLAYER                GPGSGAAVGSVPCTW-L-T

Matthew Skoff         99293.27261.9003-5-1

Eamon McAdam     44184.56130.8780-4-0

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