Penn State vs Michigan, 2014 Stats


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Michigan Wolverines left wing TYLER MOTTE (14), the productive 18-year-old homegrown freshman from St. Clair who was the the fourth round choice (# 121 overall) of the reigning Stanley Cup champion Chicago Black Hawks at the 2013 National Hockey League Draft last summer, is squashed by a small army of Penn State Nittany Lions defenders during the Big Ten Conference regular season affair at the Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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PENN STATE statistics vs Michigan, 2014
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4 pts … 2 go … 2 as … 3 ga …… David GOODWIN
4 pts … 4 go … 0 as … 4 ga …… Casey BAILEY
4 pts … 1 go … 3 as … 4 ga …… Taylor HOLSTROM
3 pts … 1 go … 2 as … 4 ga …… Eric SCHEID
3 pts … 1 go … 2 as … 4 ga …… Ricky DEROSA
2 pts … 2 go … 0 as … 4 ga …… Zach SAAR
2 pts … 1 go … 1 as … 4 ga …… Dylan RICHARD
2 pts … 0 go … 2 as … 4 ga …… Tommy OLCZYK
2 pts … 0 go … 2 as … 4 ga …… Kenny BROOKS
1 pts … 0 go … 1 as … 1 ga …… Jonathan MILLEY
1 pts … 1 go … 0 as … 2 ga …… Curtis LOIK
1 pts … 1 go … 0 as … 4 ga …… David GLEN
0 pts … 0 go … 0 as … 4 ga …… Jacob FRIEDMAN
0 pts … 0 go … 0 as … 4 ga …… Max GARDINER

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Penn State defenseman CONNOR VARLEY (2), the 21-year-old homegrown sophomore from Lansdale, who led all Nittany Lions rearguards in scoring with 12 points in 27 games during his freshman campaign, competes for the puck with Michigan left wing LUKE MOFFATT (9), the 21-year-old senior from Paradise Valley, Arizona, who was the seventh round choice (# 197 overall) of the Phoenix Coyotes at the 2010 National Hockey League Draft, during the Big Ten Conference regular season tilt at the Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Michigan, roughly one month ago.
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1 pts … 0 go … 1 as … 2 ga …… Luke JUHA
1 pts … 0 go … 1 as … 2 ga …… Nate JENSEN
1 pts … 0 go … 1 as … 3 ga …… Mike WILLIAMSON
1 pts … 0 go … 1 as … 4 ga …… Patrick KOUDYS
1 pts … 0 go … 1 as … 4 ga …… David THOMPSON
0 pts … 0 go … 0 as … 4 ga …… Connor VARLEY
0 pts … 0 go … 0 as … 2 ga …… Mark YANIS
0 pts … 0 go … 0 as … 1 ga …… Peter SWEETLAND

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Penn State netminder MATTHEW SKOFF, the 22-year-old homegrown sophomore from McKees Rock who has been the goaltender of record in 16 of the Nittany Lions’ 20 victories since the formal transition to NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey was made two seasons ago, sports a career record of two wins against one loss after three all-time appearances against the Big Ten Conference rival Michigan Wolverines.
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2.80 avg … .921 svpct … 171:44 min … 8 go … 3 ga … Matthew SKOFF
4.05 avg … .857 svpct ….. 44:23 min … 3 go … 2 ga … P.J. MUSICO
6.96 avg … .727 svpct ….. 25:52 min … 3 go … 1 ga … Eamon MCADAM

Penn State head coach GUY GADOWSKY made it official on Tuesday afternoon that it is sophomore MATTHEW SKOFF who has been tapped to start the very first post-season playoff game in Nittany Lions school history, an appropriate selection considering not only the player’s performance this season but Skoff’s entire body of work over the last two terms, as well.

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How Do The Michigan Wolverines Sleep At Night?


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Michigan center J.T. COMPHER (17), the 18-year-old rookie out of Northbrook, Illinois, who was a rather high pick of the Buffalo Sabres at the 2013 National Hockey League Draft last summer, was named the Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year after pacing the 12th ranked Wolverines in scoring during the regular season with 31 points in 34 games.
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MICHIGAN WOLVERINES … (won 18 lost 12 tied 4)
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31 pts … 11 go … 20 as … 34 ga …… J. T. Compher
29 pts … 15 go … 14 as … 29 ga …… Andrew Copp
25 pts … 12 go … 13 as … 30 ga …… Alex Guptill
25 pts … 13 go … 12 as … 33 ga …… Luke Moffatt
23 pts … 12 go … 11 as … 34 ga …… Phil Di Giuseppe
21 pts ….. 3 go … 18 as … 33 ga …… Cristoval Nieves
20 pts ….. 6 go … 14 as … 34 ga …… Derek DeBlois
18 pts ….. 9 go ….. 9 as … 33 ga …… Tyler Motte
17 pts ….. 7 go … 10 as … 34 ga …… Zach Hyman

6 pts …… 3 go ….. 3 as … 22 ga …… Evan Allen
6 pts …… 4 go ….. 2 as … 27 ga …… Alex Kile
4 pts …… 2 go ….. 2 as … 28 ga …… Travis Lynch
3 pts …… 1 go ….. 2 as … 19 ga …… Justin Selman
0 pts …… 0 go ….. 0 as … 11 ga …… Max Shuart

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COMPHER ……… 2nd rd, # 35 overall, 2013 – Buffalo
DI GIUSEPPE …… 2nd rd, # 38 overall, 2012 – Carolina
NIEVES ………….. 2nd rd, # 59 overall, 2012 – NY Rangers
GUPTILL ………… 3rd rd, # 77 overall, 2010 – Dallas
COPP ……………. 4th rd, # 104 overall, 2013 – Winnipeg
MOTTE ………….. 4th rd, # 121 overall, 2013 – Chicago
HYMAN ………….. 5th rd, # 123 overall, 2010 – Florida
MOFFATT ………. 7th rd, # 197 overall, 2010 – Phoenix

Not very many schools in all the NCAA can say that two-thirds of the forwards in the line-up are legitimate National Hockey League prospects but the Wolverines have failed to live up to their offensive potential oftentimes this season, nevertheless. Canadian legionnaire ALEX GUPTILL, the unpredictable 22-year-old left wing from Newmarket, Ontario, led Michigan with both 16 goals and 36 points in 38 games last season but has seen his production decline somewhat this season and was a healthy scratch of head coach RED BERENSON’s more than once along the way this term. The Wolverines might have also done with just a few more goals this season from CRISTOVAL NIEVES, the 20-year-old sophomore from Baldwinsville, New York, with good size (6’3″ 205 lbs), as well.

It also should be remembered that the nationally-ranked Michigan Wolverines were actually kept off the scoreboard entirely by the last place Penn State Nittany Lions earlier this term.

The most threatening player for the Michigan Wolverines could very well be ANDREW COPP, the homegrown sophomore from Ann Arbor who was snatched by the Winnipeg Jets in the fourth round (# 104 overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft last summer. The 19-year-old center, who was one of the alternate captains of the United States squad at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships in Scandanavia this winter, has seen his goal-scoring spike rather dramatically in this, his second campaign of NCAA college hockey. The increasingly dangerous Copp netted 10 goals in 38 games as a freshman for the Wolverines last term but has potted 15 goals on 32 appearances for Michigan thus far this season.

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Michigan blueliner MAX BENNETT (37), the 22-year-old senior from Narragansett, Rhode Island who was tabbed in the third round (# 79 overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft by the storied Montreal Canadiens franchise, is a stabilizing presence on the Wolverines’ otherwise understrength blue line.
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Although the University of Michigan do have four bona fide NHL draft picks among the players comprising its defensive corps, the nine-time NCAA champion do not have a standout defenseman with the credentials of the departed JACOB TROUBA. Most conspicuous in the absence of the current Winnipeg Jets rearguard who was honored as a 2013 NCAA (West) First Team All-America selection after totaling 12 goals and 29 points in 37 games for the Wolverines last season is the lack of a genuine offensive threat on the blue line. Indicative of the lack of depth is the fact that undersized (5’10″ 182 lbs) ANDREW SINELLI, the 21-year-old homegrown junior from Dexter, has spent of his career in the Maze & Blue skating on a forward line until this season.

14 pts ….. 2 go … 12 as … 30 ga …… Mac Bennett
12 pts ….. 2 go … 10 as … 33 ga …… Michael Downing
10 pts ….. 0 go … 10 as … 34 ga …… Kevin Clare

5 pts …… 4 go ….. 1 as … 24 ga …… Andrew Sinelli
5 pts …… 0 go ….. 5 as … 29 ga …… Noel De Jong
3 pts …… 0 go ….. 3 as … 32 ga …… Brendan Serville
1 pts …… 0 go ….. 1 as … 11 ga …… Mike Chiasson
1 pts …… 0 go ….. 1 as … 15 ga …… Kevin Lohan

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SERVILLE ……. 3rd rd, # 78 overall, 2011 – Winnipeg
BENNETT …….. 3rd rd, # 79 overall, 2009 – Montreal
DOWNING …….. 4th rd, # 97 overall, 2013 – Florida
DE JONG ……… 7th rd, # 197 overall, 2013 – Minnesota

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Michigan netminder ZACH NAGELVOORT (35) was honored as the first team goaltender on the inaugural all-rookie squad of the Big Ten Conference after the 20-year-old homegrown freshman from Holland seemingly came out of nowhere to establish himself as the first choice of legendary Wolverines head coach Red Berenson.
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STEVE RACINE went the distance in between the pipes for Michigan the last time that the Wolverines skated against Penn State but it is all but certain that ZACH NAGELVOORT will start the Big Ten Conference quarterfinal match-up at the Xcel Engergy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Thursday.

Nagelvoort, to review, surrendered five goals to the visitors when Penn State upended Michigan 5-4 at the Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor not more than a month ago. Furthermore, the offensively-challenged Nittany Lions also chased the Wolverines freshman after scoring three goals inside the first fourteen minutes of the early February meeting at the Pegula Ice Arena in State College. In this, the very first official season of Big Ten Conference play, Nagelvoort has posted a goals-against-average of 4.80 and a save percentage of .876 in three starts against a Penn State squad that struggled to find the back of the net mightily all season long.

Surely the Michigan youngster has to be up all night checking to see if Nittany Lion monsters are hiding underneath his dorm room bed.

0.00 avg … 1.000 svpct …….. 3 min ….. 1 ga …… Luke Dwyer
0.00 avg ….. .000 svpct …….. 1 min ….. 1 ga …… Adam Janecyk
2.26 avg ….. .925 svpct … 1326 min … 23 ga …… Zach Nagelvoort
2.91 avg ….. .912 svpct ….. 742 min … 13 ga …… Steve Racine

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Final Regular Season Big Ten Conference Standings & Statistics


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The 2014 NCAA men’s ice hockey tournament hopes of The Ohio State University could quite very well rest on the skillful stick of prolific left wing RYAN DZINGEL (18), the 22-year-old junior from Wheaton, Illinois, who has assured his place in history by becoming the inaugural scoring champion of the fledgling Big Ten Conference. The Buckeyes have absolutely no chance of an at-large invitation from the NCAA selection committee but would automatically qualify for the annual NCAA men’s ice hockey tournament by winning the first-ever Big Ten Conference post-season playoff. Dzingel and Ohio State will be facing-off against Michigan State in the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten Conference tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Thursday.
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2013/14 NCAA standings
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Minnesota Golden Gophers …… 25 wins ….. 5 losses … 6 ties
Wisconsin Badgers ……………… 22 wins … 10 losses … 2 ties
Michigan Wolverines ……………. 18 wins … 12 losses … 4 ties
Ohio State Buckeyes …………… 16 wins … 13 losses … 5 ties
Michigan State Spartans ……….. 11 wins … 17 losses … 7 ties
Penn State Nittany Lions ………… 7 wins … 25 losses … 2 ties

The NCAA does not recognize the results of the dreaded shootout, nor should it. The results from the Big Ten Conference’s shootouts this season are not recognized here. It is refreshing to know that all of the Big Ten Conference’s tournament games, if necessary, will be decided in the traditional manner and not be constrained to a limited overtime session.

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Wisconsin left wing NIC KERDILES (17) led all Big Ten Conference skaters by posting a 1.32 points-per-game average after totaling 15 goals and 33 points in only 25 appearances for the Badgers this term. The 19-year-old sophomore from Irvine, California, a second round pick (# 36 overall) of the in-state Anaheim Ducks at the 2012 National Hockey League Draft, equaled his production of a year ago (11 goals, 22 assists) despite having skated in seven fewer contests for Wisconsin this season. The explosive Kerdiles missed a couple of the Badgers’ games earlier this winter after representing the United States (5 ga, 2 go, 7 pts) at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships tournament that were held in Scandanavia.
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2013/14 BIG TEN CONFERENCE scoring leaders
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43 pts … 20 go … 23 as … 34 ga …… Ryan Dzingel, Ohio State
39 pts ….. 9 go … 30 as … 34 ga …… Mark Zengerle, Wisconsin
33 pts … 15 go … 18 as … 25 ga …… Nic Kerdiles, Wisconsin
33 pts … 20 go … 13 as … 34 ga …… Michael Mersch, Wisconsin
33 pts … 11 go … 22 as … 36 ga …… Kyle Rau, Minnesota
31 pts … 12 go … 19 as … 33 ga …… Sam Warning, Minnesota
31 pts … 11 go … 20 as … 34 ga …… J.T. Compher, Michigan
31 pts … 11 go … 20 as … 34 ga …… Max McCormick, Ohio State
30 pts … 12 go … 18 as … 35 ga …… Greg Wolfe, Michigan State
29 pts … 15 go … 14 as … 32 ga …… Andrew Copp, Michigan
29 pts ….. 8 go … 21 as … 36 ga …… Mike Reilly, Minnesota
28 pts ….. 6 go … 22 as … 29 ga …… Tanner Fritz, Ohio State
28 pts … 12 go … 16 as … 35 ga …… Hudson Fasching, Minnesota
27 pts ….. 8 go … 19 as … 34 ga …… Nick Oddo, Ohio State
27 pts … 12 go … 15 as … 36 ga …… Justin Kloos, Minnesota
27 pts ….. 9 go … 18 as … 36 ga …… Travis Boyd, Minnesota
25 pts … 12 go … 13 as … 30 ga …… Tyler Barnes, Wisconsin
25 pts … 12 go … 13 as … 30 ga …… Alex Guptill, Michigan
25 pts … 13 go … 12 as … 33 ga …… Luke Moffatt, Michigan
24 pts … 12 go … 12 as … 34 ga …… Nick Schilkey, Ohio State
23 pts ….. 7 go … 16 as … 33 ga …… Jake McCabe, Wisconsin
23 pts … 12 go … 11 as … 34 ga …… Phil Di Giuseppe, Michigan
21 pts ….. 8 go … 13 as … 28 ga …… Alex Szczechura, Ohio State
21 pts … 10 go … 11 as … 34 ga …… Joseph LaBate, Wisconsin
21 pts ….. 9 go … 12 as … 34 ga …… Taylor Cammarata, Minnesota
21 pts ….. 9 go … 12 as … 34 ga …… Lee Reimer, Michigan State
21 pts ….. 3 go … 18 as … 34 ga …… Cristoval Nieves, Michigan
21 pts ….. 2 go … 19 as … 35 ga …… Jake Chelios, Michigan State
21 pts ….. 8 go … 13 as … 36 ga …… Seth Ambroz, Minnesota
20 pts ….. 6 go … 14 as … 34 ga …… Derek DeBlois, Michigan
20 pts ….. 9 go … 11 as … 35 ga …… Michael Ferrantino, Michigan State
20 pts ….. 7 go … 13 as … 36 ga …… Nate Condon, Minnesota
19 pts … 11 go ….. 8 as … 34 ga …… ERIC SCHEID, PENN STATE

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Minnesota Golden Gophers first choice ADAM WILCOX capped off his highly successful regular season campaign by being chosen as both the Big Ten Conference Player of the Year as well as the Goaltender of the Year for the NCAA’s new six-team league. The 21-year-old sophomore from South St. Paul, a sixth round (# 178 overall) selection of the Tampa Bay Lightning at the 2011 National Hockey League Draft, has now appeared in 72 of the University of Minnesota’s 76 NCAA games since first arriving on campus in Minneapolis a couple of seasons ago. Wilcox, often referred to as “Wallcox” by the Golden Gophers’ faithful, will be looking to wipe away painful memories of consecutive post-season losses to Colorado College in semifinal round of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs and Yale University at the first hurdle of the 2013 NCAA men’s ice hockey tournament.
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201/14 BIG TEN CONFERENCE goaltending leaders
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0.00 avg … 1.000 svpct ….. 1 ga …… Luke Dwyer, Michigan
0.00 avg ….. .000 svpct ….. 1 ga …… Adam Janecyk, Michigan
1.91 avg ….. .934 svpct … 33 ga …… Adam Wilcox, Minnesota
2.00 avg ….. .931 svpct … 26 ga …… Joel Rumpel, Wisconsin
2.21 avg ….. .909 svpct ….. 5 ga …… Logan Davis, Ohio State
2.26 avg ….. .925 svpct … 23 ga …… Zach Nagelvoort, Michigan
2.29 avg ….. .930 svpct … 13 ga …… Christian Frey, Ohio State
2.35 avg ….. .911 svpct ….. 4 ga …… Michael Shibrowski, Minnesota
2.46 avg ….. .923 svpct … 31 ga …… Jake Hildebrand, Michigan State
2.77 avg ….. .910 svpct ….. 6 ga …… Will Yanakeff, Michigan State
2.78 avg ….. .911 svpct … 17 ga …… Matt Tomkins, Ohio State
2.91 avg ….. .912 svpct … 13 ga …… Steve Racine, Michigan
3.17 avg ….. .898 svpct … 21 ga …… MATTHEW SKOFF, PENN STATE
3.47 avg ….. .879 svpct ….. 9 ga …… Landon Peterson, Wisconsin
4.09 avg ….. .882 svpct … 10 ga …… EAMON MCADAM, PENN STATE
4.16 avg ….. .873 svpct ….. 7 ga …… P.J. MUSICO, PENN STATE
4.71 avg ….. .889 svpct ….. 1 ga …… Adam Miller, Wisconsin
7.64 avg ….. .805 svpct ….. 2 ga …… Collin Olson, Ohio State

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Penn State 4 – Ohio State 2


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Fittingly enough, it was the Nittany Lions captain TOMMY OLCZYK who came through with what was, perhaps, the most influential goal in PENN STATE’s final home contest of this 2013/14 NCAA season. A pivotal late first period strike which left visiting OHIO STATE in the always unenviable position of having to chase the game, so to speak. Additionally, there was also the power play goal from veteran center TAYLOR HOLSTROM seven minutes into the third period that effectively broke the Buckeyes’ proverbial backs and enabled the Nittany Lions to exit the Pegula Ice Arena as 4-2 victors.

A pair of early Penn State goals scored by defenseman NATE JENSEN and left wing CURTIS LOIK provided a certain symmetry to the Nittany Lions’ 2013/14 NCAA schedule, then; both Jensen, the 23-year-old redshirt junior from Shorewood, Minnesota, who had sat out eight straight games prior to the start of this weekend series with Ohio State after suffering a concussion against in early February, as well as the Canadian legionnaire Loik, the 21-year-old sophomore from North Vancouver, British Columbia, also tallied goals in the Nittany Lions’ very first game of this season against Army at the beginning of last October.

Interesting enough, three of the four goal-scorers (Holstrom, Jensen, Olczyk) from the Nittany Lions’ regular season finale opposite the neighboring Buckeyes on Saturday night are all holdovers from the last Penn State squad that competed at the American Collegiate Hockey Association (i.e. “club hockey” level) only just two years ago.

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Penn State left wing TOMMY OLCZYK (14), the 23-year-old junior from Long Grove, Illinois, who scored 24 goals in 31 games for the Nittany Lions during their final season of play at the club hockey level two seasons ago, has a quality chance in prime scoring territory but will be denied by Ohio State’s Canadian legionnaire MATT TOMKINS, the 19-year-old freshman goaltender from Sherwood Park, Alberta, who was the seventh round (# 199 overall) choice of the Chicago Black Hawks at the 2012 National Hockey League Draft, during the Big Ten Conference season finale at the Pegula Ice Arena in State College, Pennsylvania.
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MATTHEW SKOFF, the 22-year-old homegrown sophomore from McKees Rock who also delivered a quality start in his last appearance against visiting Wisconsin seven days earlier, put forth a solid effort in between the pipes to complete his work at the Pegula Ice Arena this term. By stopping 27 of 29 Ohio State attempts on goal, the usually realiable Skoff (21 games, 3.17 average, .898 save percentage) registered his seventh victory of this season — a figure which just so happens to matches the Nittany Lions’ total number of triumphs this term. Clearly, it is Skoff who has earned the right to enter the Big Ten Conference tournament as Penn State’s first choice.

DYLAN RICHARD, the 21-year-old freshman from Sherwood Park, Alberta, continued with the noticeably improved form he has shown as of late while contributing two key assists against the visiting Buckeyes. The Canadian legionnaire concludes his first year on a very positive note having totaled 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in the Nittany Lions’ last 13 regular season games. Richard (28 ga, 4 go, 14 pts, -3 def rat), who had multiple-point outings in Big Ten Conference matches against Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio State (twice), will also most likely finish this 2013/14 NCAA campaign in second place on the Penn State scoring chart for freshmen.

And so, the Nittany Lions close out their official NCAA regular season account with the experience-filled record of 7 wins against 25 losses with 2 ties.

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Penn State shot-stopper MATTHEW SKOFF, the second-year player who has been the goaltender of record for 16 of the 20 victories that the Nittany Lions have been able to register in school history since making the jump to the NCAA Division I level in men’s ice hockey, focuses intently on the rebound as buzzing Ohio State right wing ANTHONY GRECO (14), the undersized 20-year-old sophomore from Fairbault, Minnesota, gazes from a safe distance during the Big Ten Conference season finale at the Pegula Ice Arena.
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March 15, 2014
Pegula Ice Arena – State College, Pennsylvania
Attendance : 5,892

PENN STATE 4 – OHIO STATE 2

02:51 … PSU – Jensen (Richard) – ppg
06:59 … PSU – Loik (unassisted)
09:44 … OSU – Gedig (Fritz, McCormick) – ppg
18:43 … PSU – Olczyk (Richard, Jensen)
23:25 … OSU – Greco (McCormick, Jardine)
46:55 … PSU – Holstrom (Jensen, Bailey) – ppg

shots-on-goal : PSU 32 ( 11 + 10 + 11 ) – OSU 29 ( 8 + 10 + 11 )

penalty minutes : Ohio State 18 – Penn State 14

PENN STATE : Skoff – Koudys, Thompson ; Williamson, Varley ; Jensen, Sweetland – Bailey, Scheid, Richard ; Goodwin, Holstrom, Milley ; Loik, Glen, Brooks ; Olczyk, McDonagh, Saar

OHIO STATE : Tomkins – Gedig, Healey ; Jardine, McLean ; DaSilva, Brevig – McCormick, Fritz, Greco ; Dzingel, Oddo, Schilkey ; Gust, Niddery, Angeli; Lippincott, Statchuk, Johnson

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Dzingel Continues To Dominate Border Rivalry


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If only the OTTAWA SENATORS could skate in the same league as the PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS, then the chances of the coveted Stanley Cup returning to the capital city of Canada might be improved tremendously.

All kidding aside, it is rather remarkable to reflect upon the career scoring record of the Buckeyes’ prolific left winger RYAN DZINGEL :

3 go … 0 as …… Penn State 5 – Ohio State 4 … 12/29/12 – Pittsburgh
2 go … 1 as …… Ohio State 5 – Penn State 1 … 01/31/14 – Columbus
1 go … 2 as …… Ohio State 5 – Penn State 2 … 02/01/14 – Columbus
2 go … 1 as …… Ohio State 4 – Penn State 2 … 03/14/14 – State College

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Ohio State 4 – Penn State 2


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“PENN STATE HOCKEY : NITTANY LIONS FALL FLAT AGAINST OHIO STATE”

“It just wasn’t a good night for the PENN STATE men’s hockey team,” writes GORDON BRUNSKILL of the CENTRE DAILY TIMES. The Nittany Lions racked up penalties, twice had two of their own players collide to knock each other down and despite winning the shot count could not muster many high quality chances at Pegula Ice Arena. Led by the Big Ten’s leading scorer RYAN DZINGEL, who had two goals an assist, OHIO STATE rolled to a 4-2 win to open the final weekend of hockey on campus.”

Wow!

Even the feel-good-articles-no-matter-what-happens professional propagandists are obviously struggling to cope mightily these days. This must be what transpires when there are no more life-saving bone marrow transplants to laud. Or any money-raising dance marathons to promote.

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Penn State goaltender P.J. MUSICO (1), the 23-year-old junior from Orange, California, who began this term as third-string on the depth chart but was making his third start in the Nittany Lions’ last four games as this 2013/14 NCAA campaign concludes, blocks the centering pass from Ohio State right wing NICK SCHILKEY (37), the 19-year-old rookie from Marysville, Michigan, who topped all Buckeyes freshmen with both 12 goals and 24 points this winter, during the Big Ten Conference men’s ice hockey match at the Pegula Ice Arena in State College, Pennsylvania.
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Meanwhile, it might be prudent to remind Mr. Brunskill that, speaking rather bluntly, the Nittany Lions have not been able to muster many high quality scoring chances all season long, this even against some of the weaker schools in all of NCAA men’s ice hockey such as Rochester Institute of Technology and Robert Morris University.

The fact of the matter is that, very early in the season, Penn State head coach GUY GADOWSKY adopted a policy that placed a premium on “getting pucks to the net” as soon as the slightest opportunity presents itself. Considering the Nittany Lions’ overall lack of technical skill but given that Penn State do have a number of forwards with imposing physical attributes, this simplistic strategy was, indeed, a prudent one to implement. The only trouble is, the Nittany Lions’ opponents already know full well what is coming in advance and, therefore, are effectively able to adopt measures specifically designed to deal with Penn State’s low-percentage attack.

It was not an accident of nature that the Nittany Lions were unable to score more than two goals in an eye-opening 23 of their first 33 contests during this most disappointing 2013/14 NCAA campaign — underachieving Penn State definitely went backwards in their second season, contrary to popular belief.

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Penn State Canadian legionnaire CURTIS LOIK (15), the 20-year-old sophomore left wing from North Vancouver, British Columbia, is unsuccessful with his attempt to catch Ohio State rookie goaltender CHRISTIAN FREY (30), the 20-year-old freshman from Arlington, Texas, who joined the Buckeyes in mid-winter from the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the developmental United States Hockey League but adapted to the NCAA Division I level immediately, asleep on the job during the landmark Big Ten Conference men’s ice hockey game at the Pegula Ice Arena in State College, Pennsylvania.
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March 14, 2014
Pegula Ice Arena – State College, Pennsylvania
Attendance : 5,767

OHIO STATE 4 – PENN STATE 2

09:07 … OSU – Dzingel (McCormick, Fritz) – ppg
23:08 … OSU – Dzingel (Oddo, Schilkey)
25:14 … PSU – Williamson (Scheid) – ppg
26:50 … OSU – Oddo (Schilkey, Gedig)
27:25 … OSU – Schilkey (Dzingel, Healey)
58:05 … PSU – Milley (Thompson, Goodwin)

shots-on-goal : PSU 42 ( 12 + 13 + 17 ) – OSU 30 ( 8 + 13 + 9 )

penalty minutes : Penn State 15 – Ohio State 8

PENN STATE : Musico – Koudys, Thompson ; Williamson, Varley ; Jensen, Sweetland – Bailey, Scheid, Saar ; Goodwin, Holstrom, Milley, Loik, Glen, Brooks ; Olczyk, Richard, Olczyk

OHIO STATE : Frey – Gedig, Healey ; Jardine, McLean ; DaSilva, Brevig – McCormick, Fritz, Greco ; Dzingel, Oddo, Schilkey ; Gust, Niddery, Angeli ; Lippincott, Statchuk, Johnson

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Many spectators disguised as empty seats watch as Ohio State netminder CHRISTIAN FREY (13 ga, 2.29 avg, .930 svpct) sweeps the puck away from forechecking Penn State right wing KENNY BROOKS (13) during the Big Ten Conference men’s ice hockey match at the obviously less-than-full Pegula Ice Arena in State College on Friday night … the official reported attendance figure of 5,767 fans for the neighboring Buckeyes’ historic first visit to The Peg on Friday night was the second-lowest total of the 17 home games the Nittany Lions have contested at Penn State’s brand new athletic facility thus far.

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Wisconsin 3 – Penn State 2


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The decisive odd-man rush set up by the long stretch pass was finished off with aplomb only less than half a minute before the end of the overtime session as the # 5 ranked WISCONSIN BADGERS nipped the unlucky PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS 2-1 to complete the two-game Big Ten Conference weekend series sweep in State College.

The frustrating loss did mark the tenth one-goal defeat for the second-year NCAA Division I program this season. Resurgent Penn State right wing CASEY BAILEY (28 ga, 9 go, 12 pts), the 22-year-old sophomore from Anchorage, Alaska, who topped the fledgling Nittany Lions with 27 points (14 goals) in 27 games last season but had difficulty scoring during the first half of this 2013/14 campaign, continued his recent good run of form. Bailey, who netted twice for Penn State in as many contests with visiting Wisconsin this past weekend, has now snatched an impressive seven goals in the last eleven Big Ten Conference games for head coach GUY GADOWSKY’s side.

Wisconsin center MARK ZENGERLE, the 24-year-old senior from Rochester, New York, who is the second-leading scorer (32 ga, 9 go, 27 as, 36 pts) in the Big Ten Conference this season, worked the one-two with exlposive linemate NIC KERDILES to absolute perfection after taking the long outlet from Badgers defenseman JOE FAUST, the 22-year-old senior from Bloomington, Minnesota, who was selected by the New Jersey Devils in the fourth round (# 114 overall) of the 2010 National Hockey League Draft. Kerdiles, the sophomore left wing from Irvine, California, who was chosen by the Anaheim Ducks in the second round (# 36 overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft and represented the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships in Scandanavia earlier this term, also notched a shorthanded tally at the expense of Penn State on Saturday night, as well. As genuine a “Nittany Lions Killer” as there was this season, not only did Kerdiles register one goal in all four of the Badgers’ games with Penn State this season, the skilled 20-year-old added six assists for a most impressive total of ten points.

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Wisconsin’s imported Canadian right wing JEDD SOLEWAY (22), the luckless 19-year-old freshman from Vernon, British Columbia, who was chosen by the Phoenix Coyotes in the seventh round (# 193 overall) of the 2013 National Hockey League Draft last summer but remains in search of his first collegiate goal for the Badgers this term, barges into Penn State netminder MATTHEW SKOFF (31) during Saturday night’s Big Ten Conference tilt at the Pegula Ice Arena in State College.
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March 8, 2014
Pegula Ice Arena – State College, Pennsylvania
Attendance : 5,829

WISCONSIN 3 – PENN STATE 2 … (overtime)

09:01 … WIS – Meuer (Wittchow)
10:07 … PSU – Bailey (Glen, Richard) – ppg
37:21 … WIS – Kerdiles (Zengerle) – shg
57:16 … PSU – Brooks (Loik, Varley)
64:39 … WIS – Zengerle (Kerdiles, Faust)

shots-on-goal : PSU 43 ( 16 + 16 + 7 + 4 ) – WIS 29 ( 7 + 12 + 5 + 5 )

penalty minutes : Penn State 10, Wisconsin 10

PENN STATE : Skoff – Koudys, Thompson ; Williamson, Varley ; Yanis, Sweetland – Richard, Scheid, Bailey ; Goodwin, Holstrom, Milley ; Loik, Glen, Brooks ; Olczyk, DeRosa, Friedman

WISCONSIN : Rumpel – McCabe, Faust ; Schulze, Simonelli ; Wittchow, Drake – Kerdiles, Zengerle, Barnes ; Besse, Dahl, Mersch ; Zulinick, LaBate, Little ; Navin, Meuer, Soleway

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Wisconsin center MARK ZENGERLE (9), the 24-year-old senior from Rochester, New York, who rocketed into second place on the Big Ten Conference scoring chart by totaling six points in two games against Penn State this weekend, celebrates after netting the game-winning goal in overtime that allowed the visiting Badgers to upend the host Nittany Lions at the Pegula Ice Arena in State College on Saturday night.

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After scoring three times unanswered over the first half of the contest, the complacent visitors were forced to hang on for dear life once the hosts had almost hauled themselves level with two goals in the final eight minutes but, ultimately, the # 5 ranked WISCONSIN BADGERS were finally able to fend off the late-charging PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS 4-2 in the the Big Ten Conference series opener on Friday night.

Both NIC KERDILES, the talented sophomore left wing from Irvine, California, who was the second round choice (# 36 overall) of the Anaheim Ducks at the 2012 National Hockey League Draft, and playmaking center MARK ZENGERLE, the 24-year-old senior from Rochester, New York, had four-point efforts after each totaling a goal and three assists in the Badgers’ triumph over the Nittany Lions. Prolific right wing MICHAEL MERSCH, the 21-year-old senior from Park Ridge, Illinois, who was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round (# 110 overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft, started the ball rolling for Wisconsin by scoring his 20th goal of this 2013/14 NCAA season less than five minutes in. First line right wing TYLER BARNES, the 24-year-old senior from Eagan, Minnesota, also bulged the back of Penn State’s net on behalf of the guests.

Performing behind what continues to be a depleted defensive corps, Penn State netminder P.J. MUSICO (6 ga, 4.11 avg, .875 svpct), the 23-year-old junior from Orange, California, who began this term listed as third-string on the Nittany Lions depth chart, made thirty saves in what was just his second start of the current campaign.

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Penn State center TAYLOR HOLSTROM (28), the 23-year-old redshirt junior from Yorba Linda, California, who is one of the Nittany Lions’ remaining handful of “club hockey veterans” who made the mighty leap up to the NCAA Division I level two seasons ago, seeks to skate around Wisconsin Badgers defenseman FRANKIE SIMONELLI (27), the reliable 21-year-old senior from Bensenville, Illinois, during Friday night’s Big Ten Conference clash at the sold out Pegula Ice Arena in State College.
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March 7, 2014
Pegula Ice Arena – State College, Pennsylvania
Attendance : 6,015

WISCONSIN 4 – PENN STATE 2

04:41 … WIS – Mersch (Zengerle, Kerdiles) – ppg
14:47 … WIS – Barnes (Kerdiles, Zengerle)
31:11 … WIS – Kerdiles (Zengerle, Drake)
52:04 … PSU – Bailey (Richard, Koudys) – ppg
59:00 … PSU – Holstrom (Richard, Koudys)
59:54 … WIS – Zengerle (Kerdiles, McCabe) – eng

shots-on-goal : WIS 34 ( 16 + 18 + 8 ) – PSU 26 ( 8 + 9 + 9 )

penalty minutes : Penn State 12, Wisconsin 10

PENN STATE : Musico – Koudys, Thompson ; Williamson, Varley ; Yanis, Milley – Richard, Scheid, Bailey ; Goodwin, Holstrom, Friedman ; Loik, Glen, Brooks ; Olczyk, DeRosa, Saar

WISCONSIN : Rumpel – McCabe, Faust ; Schulze, Simonelli ; Wittchow, Drake – Kerdiles, Zengerle, Barnes ; Besse, Dahl, Mersch ; Zulinick, LaBatte, Little ; Navin, Meuer, Soleway

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Penn State skipper TOMMY OLCZYK (14) is thwarted by Wisconsin’s Canadian import JOEL RUMPEL (33), the 22-year-old junior from Swift Current, Saskatchewan, who is a rather serious candidate to win the inaugural Mike Richter Award that will be presented to the player selected as the standout goaltender in all of NCAA men’s ice hockey during the 2014 Frozen Four tournament in Philadelphia later this spring.

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Minnesota 2 – Penn State 1


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A spinorama goal scored less than seven minutes from full time by a blue-collar veteran skating in his very last collegiate game ever contested on home ice spoiled a noteworthy performance from the the visitors’ third-string netminder as the # 2 ranked MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS edged the PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS 2-1 on Senior Night at the Mariucci Ice Arena in Minneapolis and completed the two-game Big Ten Conference series sweep in the process.

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Golden Gophers backup netminder MICHAEL SHIBROWSKI, the 23-year-old senior from Andover who made two appearances for Colorado College as a freshman before transferring back home to the University of Minnesota three years ago, effectively smothers the puck against visiting the visiting Penn State Nittany Lions during the Big Ten Conference series at the jam-packed Mariucci Ice Arena in Minneapolis.
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March 1, 2014
Mariucci Ice Arena – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Attendance : 10,045

MINNESOTA 2 – PENN STATE 1

12:37 … MINN – Boyd (Ambroz, Brodzinski)
37:14 … PSU – Loik (Varley)
53:15 … MINN – Serratore (Boyd, Marshall)

shots-on-goal : MINN 37 ( 13 + 9 + 15 ) – PSU 27 ( 11 + 8 + 8 )

penalty minutes : Penn State 6 – Minnesota 4

MINNESOTA : Shibrowski – Skjei, M. Reilly ; Marshall, Brodzinski ; Parenteau, Holl – Warning, Rau, Fasching ; Serratore, Condon, Ambroz ; Boyd, Kloos, Cammarata ; C. Reilly, Guertler, Lettieri

PENN STATE : Musico – Koudys, Thompson ; Williamson, Varley ; Yanis, Sweetland – Milley, Scheid, Bailey ; Goodwin, Holstom, Saar ; Loik, Glen, Brooks ; Olczyk, Richard, Friedman

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After conceding the opening goal a little more than three minutes into the contest with novices who were skating on an Olympic-sized ice surface for the very first time in school history, the unflappable hosts reacted by scoring three times unanswered before the arrival of the first intermission and then added a fourth tally just thirty seconds into the second frame as the # 2 ranked MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS easily dispatched the PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS 5-1 in the first of a two-game Big Ten Conference weekend set in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

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Minnesota right wing HUDSON FASCHING, the 18-year-old homegrown freshman from Burnsville who was the fourth round choice (# 118 overall) of the Los Angeles Kings at the 2013 NHL Draft last summer and represented the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships in Scandanavia a couple of months ago, swings out in front of the Penn State net during the Big Ten Conference battle at the Mariucci Ice Arena in Minneapolis.
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February 28, 2014
Mariucci Ice Arena – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Attendance : 9,929

MINNESOTA 5 – PENN STATE 1

03:12 … PSU – Brooks (Saar, Goodwin)
07:55 … MINN – Warning (M. Reilly)
11:05 … MINN – Fasching (Marshall, Boyd)
16:10 … MINN – Rau (Fasching)
20:30 … MINN – Cammarata (Boyd, M. Reilly) – ppg
32:30 … MINN – Condon (unassisted) – shg

shots-on-goal : MINN 36 ( 14 + 12 + 10 ) – PSU 31 ( 10 + 12 + 9 )

penalty minutes : Minnesota 12 – Penn State 10

MINNESOTA : Wilcox – Skjei, Holl ; M. Reilly, Parenteau ; Marshall, Brodzinski – Warning, Rau, Fasching ; Condon, Kloos, Cammarata ; Serratore, Boyd, Ambroz ; C. Reilly, Guertler, Lettieri

PENN STATE : Skoff – Koudys, Thompson ; Williamson, Varley ; Yanis, Brooks – DeRosa, Scheid, Bailey ; Goodwin, Holstrom, Saar ; Richard, Glen, Friedman, Olczyk, McDonagh, Loik

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