Penn State Moves Up Via Playoff Results


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Penn State center TAYLOR HOLSTROM (28), the junior transfer from Mercyhurst University who tallied six of his nine goals on this historic 2012/13 NCAA season in contests featuring Big Ten opposition, advances the puck up ice against Ohio State defenseman CLARK CRISTOFOLI (6), the homegrown sophomore from Lewis Center, during the Nittany Lions’ 5-4 triumph over the neighboring Buckeyes in the Three Rivers Classic at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh just after Christmas.
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It is unfortunate that head coach GUY GADOWSKY’s skaters have no conference tournament to participate in this season but, thanks to results in last weekend’s round of playoff games in the various different conferences, the NCAA rookies from PENN STATE still managed to move up two places and now occupy the # 43 ranking in the so-called “PAIRWISE COMPARISON RATINGS” put out by the good people at www.collegehockeynews.com.

It is interesting to note that the Catamounts of Vermont University, finally dropped down below Penn State to # 45 in the computer rankings after losing to defending national champion Boston College in the Hockey East quarterfinals; the Nittany Lions, to review, already defeated Vermont 4-2 at the Philadelphia College Hockey Faceoff two months ago in January.

A quick rundown of the results from March 15-17 in the NCAA post-season conference tournaments :

HOCKEY EAST
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# 42 Maine lost to # 4 UMass – Lowell (2-4, 1-2)
# 41 VERMONT lost to # 7 Boston College (2-4, 1-4)
# 21 Providence College defeated # 8 New Hampshire (3-2, 1-4, 3-2)
# 17 Boston University defeated # 32 Merrimack (3-0, 5-3)

ECAC
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# 1 Quinnipiac defeated # 23 Cornell (2-3, 10-0, 3-2)
# 11 Yale University defeated # 24 St. Lawrence (6-1, 3-0)
# 14 Renssaler Poly Inst lost to # 27 Brown University (1-3, 6-2, 2-3)
# 16 UNION COLLEGE defeated # 19 Dartmouth (4-1, 5-2)

AHA
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# 20 ROBERT MORRIS lost to # 33 CONNECTICUT (1-4, 3-4)
# 25 AIR FORCE lost to # 48 Cainius (3-4, 3-4)
# 28 HOLY CROSS lost to # 39 Mercyhurst (2-3, 3-2, 0-1)
# 43 R.I.T. lost to # 13 Niagara (2-3, 1-2)

CCHA
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# 10 Western Michigan lost to # 34 Michigan (3-4, 1-5)
# 15 Notre Dame defeated # 35 Bowling Green (1-0, 4-3)
# 29 OHIO STATE defeated # 26 Ferris State (2-4, 3-1, 3-2)
# 49 MICHIGAN STATE lost to # 3 Miami – Ohio (3-0, 1-4, 1-4)

WCHA
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# 2 Minnesota defeated # 54 Bemidji State (2-1, 4-3)
# 5 North Dakota defeated # 47 Michigan Tech (5-3, 1-2, 6-0)
# 6 Denver University lost to # 31 Colorado College (3-5, 2-1, 4-3)
# 9 Minnesota State defeated # 30 Nebraska – Omaha (4-3, 1-2, 3-1)
# 12 St. Cloud State defeated # 56 Alaska – Anchorage (6-1, 5-1)
# 18 WISCONSIN defeated # 38 Minnesota – Duluth (3-1, 4-1)

Note — PENN STATE’s opponents during this 2012/13 NCAA campaign in all capitals)

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Penn State defenseman MARK YANIS (5), the 18-year-old freshman from Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, whose four goals this term tied for tops among all Nittany Lions’ blueliners, shakes hands with Vermont defenseman NICK LUUKO (25), the sophomore from West Chester, Pennsylvania, who was the sixth round pick (# 179 overall) of the in-state Philadelphia Flyers at the 2010 National Hockey League Draft, following the NCAA clash at the Wells Fargo Center in the City of Brotherly Love.

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