Analyzing Penn State Via NCAA Post Season


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Wisconsin center MARK ZENGERLE (9), the undrafted junior from Rochester, New York, who is the second leading scorer for the six-time NCAA national champion Badgers (32 ga, 9 go, 30 pts) this season, buzzes the net as standout Nittany Lions freshman netminder MATT SKOFF (31) makes a save at the near post during upstart Penn State’s monumental 3-2 triumph at the Kohl Center in Madison a few short weeks ago.
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Because the Big Ten does not officially drop the puck until next season, the NCAA rookies from PENN STATE will not have the opportunity to skate in a conference tournament this year. However, now that the NITTANY LIONS have already collected the scalps of higher-ranked and more experienced Divison I programs such as Wisconsin, Air Force and Ohio State, it will be interesting to note the results coming out of post-season. In all, ten opponents of Penn State from this historic 2012/13 NCAA ice hockey campaign have qualified for the knockout competitions of the five different conferences (Hockey East, AHA, ECAC, CCHA, WCHA).

Four of Penn State’s opponents finished the regular season ranked in the Top 25 by the good people at USCHO.COM — (# 14 – Wisconsin, # 19 – Union College, # 24 – Air Force, # 25 – Robert Morris University).

The following would be a listing of all 59 NCAA Division I schools playing college hockey as ranked by the influential “PAIRWISE COMPARISON RATINGS” found at www.collegehockeynews.com PRIOR to the start of this weekend’s playoff games (won-lost-tied record in parenthesis) :

# 1 ….. Quinnipiac …………………… (24-5-5)
# 2 ….. Minnesota …………………… (24-7-5)
# 3 ….. Miami Univ (Ohio) …………… (22-9-5)
# 4 ….. UMass – Lowell ……………… (22-10-2)
# 5 ….. North Dakota ………………… (19-10-7)
# 6 ….. Denver Univ …………………. (19-11-5)
# 7 ….. Boston College ……………… (20-10-4)
# 8 ….. New Hampshire ……………… (18-9-7)
# 9 ….. Minnesota State …………….. (22-11-3)
# 10 … Western Michigan …………… (19-9-8)

# 11 … Yale …………………………… (16-10-3)
# 12 … St. Cloud State ………………. (21-14-1)
# 13 … Niagara ……………………….. (21-8-5)
# 14 … R.P.I. ………………………….. (17-12-5)
# 15 … Notre Dame ………………….. (21-12-3)
# 16 … Union College ……………….. (17-12-5)
# 17 … Boston University ……………. (18-15-2)
# 18 … Wisconsin …………………….. (17-12-7)
# 19 … Dartmouth …………………….. (15-12-5)
# 20 … Robert Morris …………………. (20-12-4)

# 21 … Providence …………………….. (15-12-7)
# 22 … Alaska – Fairbanks …………… (17-16-4)
# 23 … Cornell ………………………….. (14-14-3)
# 24 … St. Lawrence …………………… (18-14-4)
# 25 … Air Force ……………………….. (17-11-7)
# 26 … Ferris State …………………….. (15-14-5)
# 27 … Brown ……………………………. (13-12-6)
# 28 … Holy Cross ……………………… (19-12-3)
# 29 … Ohio State ……………………… (14-15-7)
# 30 … Nebraska – Omaha ……………. (18-16-2)

# 31 … Colorado College ……………… (14-17-5)
# 32 … Merrimack ………………………. (15-15-6)
# 33 … Connecticut …………………….. (17-13-4)
# 34 … Michigan …………………………. (15-18-3)
# 35 … Bowling Green ………………….. (15-19-5)
# 36 … Northern Michigan ……………… (15-19-4)
# 37 … Colgate ………………………….. (14-18-4)
# 38 … Minnesota – Duluth …………….. (14-17-5)
# 39 … Mercyhurst ………………………. (16-15-5)
# 40 … Lake Superior State ……………. (17-21-1)

# 41 … Vermont ………………………….. (11-17-6)
# 42 … Maine …………………………….. (11-17-8)
# 43 … R.I.T. ……………………………… (15-16-5)
# 44 … UMass – Amherst ……………….. (12-19-3)
# 45 … PENN STATE …………………… * (13-14)
# 46 … Princeton …………………………. (10-16-5)
# 47 … Michigan Tech …………………… (12-18-4)
# 48 … Canisius ………………………….. (15-18-5)
# 49 … Michigan State …………………… (13-23-3)
# 50 … Harvard …………………………… (10-19-3)

# 51 … Clarkson …………………………… (9-20-7)
# 52 … American International Univ ……. (12-17-6)
# 53 … Northeastern ………………………. (9-21-4)
# 54 … Bemidji State ………………………. (6-20-8)
# 55 … Bentley ……………………………. (12-20-3)
# 56 … Alaska – Anchorage ………………. (4-23-7)
# 57 … Army ………………………………… (7-22-5)
# 58 … Sacred Heart ………………………. (2-30-4)
# 59 … Alabama – Huntsville ……………… (1-20-1)

NOTE — Penn State compiled a record of eleven wins and twelve losses in contests against NCAA Division I opponents this term; the Nittany Lions split four games against Division III opposition in its first season as an official varsity program after transitioning from “club hockey” status under head coach GUY GADOWSKY, the former Colorado College player who was previously in charge at both Alaska – Fairbanks and Princeton.

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Sophomore Canadian legionnaire DANIEL CIAMPINI (17) of Union College is thwarted by Penn State goaltender MATT SKOFF (31) during the first-ever meeting between the Dutchman, who not only qualified for the 2012 NCAA tournament but also skated their way to the prestigious Frozen Four last spring, and the rookie Nittany Lions earlier this past fall at the Frank L. Messa Rink in Schenectady, New York.

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