UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Penn State Nittany Lions proceed their non-conference agenda with a home-and-home collection this week opposed to in-state foe, Mercyhurst. The groups will struggle within Pegula Ice Arena on Thursday earlier than concluding the season collection the next evening in Erie.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
Dates: Thursday, October 13 | Friday, October 14
Place: THU: Pegula Ice Arena | University Park, Pa. FRI: Mercyhurst Ice Center | Erie, Pa.
Time: THU: 7:00 p.m. | FRI: 7:00 p.m.
(*20*) Video: Thursday | Friday
Listen: Thursday | Friday
Live Statistics: Thursday | Friday
Game Notes: Penn State
THIS WEEK’S MATCHUP
- This weekend marks simply the fourth and 5th conferences all-time between the 2 systems and the 1st since a two-game collection in Hockey Valley again on November 3-4, 2017. Penn State holds the 2-1-0 virtue after the 2 groups break up again in 2017 every scoring seven aims of their respective wins.
- Friday marks the first-ever assembly between the 2 systems on the Mercyhurst Ice Center because the remaining time the Nittany Lions traveled to Erie originally of the 2016-17 season the sport was once performed at Erie Insurance Arena, a competition Penn State received 7-0.
- Penn State is averaging 6.00 aims in line with sport opposed to the Lakers within the temporary three-game historical past of the collection with seven aims in every victory, on the other hand, no present Nittany Lion has performed opposed to Mercyhurst.
- Following remaining weekend’s sweep of Canisius, Penn State is now 43-15-2 all-time opposed to groups from Atlantic Hockey and averages 4.33 aims in line with sport in the ones contests.
- The Lakers completed the 2021-22 season 16-19-4 after bowing out to eventual Atlantic Hockey Champion AIC within the semifinals of the convention match.
- Mercyhurst is with out the services and products of 2 of its peak 3 scorers and 3 of its peak six from a season in the past, on the other hand, they do go back Rylee St. Onge who paced the Lakers with 15 aims a season in the past and Carson Briere who was once 2nd at the staff with 27 issues. Briere, the son of 17-year NHL veteran Danny Briere, leads the staff with one target and two assists for 3 issues in the course of the first 4 video games this season.
- The Lakers additionally misplaced beginning goaltender, Kyle McClellan, to Wisconsin thru manner of the switch portal this low season. McClellan paced Atlantic Hockey with a .932 save proportion all over the 2021-22 season, a mark excellent for 6th within the country whilst posting a 12-13-2 document.
- Matt Lenz, who seemed in only one sport with 9:56 of ice time remaining season returns at the side of Vermont switch, Tyler Harmon because the duo seems to be to switch the void left by way of McClellan. So some distance this season Harmon has 3 begins to 1 for Lenz with the latter preserving sturdy numbers with a .930 save proportion and a 2.66 goals-against reasonable in simply over 90 mins of taking part in time.
- Ranking simply in the back of Canisius, Merychurst is the second one oldest staff in NCAA hockey this season with a mean age of 23 years 1 month.
- Head trainer Rick Gotkin is the longest tenured trainer within the NCAA as he has been guiding the Lakers since 1988 and is the one head trainer to take a program to the NCAA match in any respect 3 ranges. His 401 profession victories rank twenty sixth all-time and are lately the 9th maximum amongst energetic coaches. Penn State head trainer Guy Gadowsky ranks thirteenth amongst energetic coaches with 347 profession victories.
- Graduate switch Brendon Michaelian has 211 profession blocks and leads the staff thus far this season with 10.
- The Lakers are one in all 11 groups within the early going who haven’t begun to mild the lamp all over the powerplay as they’re 0-for-13 thru 4 video games this season. The maximum makes an attempt and video games and not using a man-advantage tally of the 11 groups. Last season Mercyhurst thrived at the man-advantage rating 2nd in Atlantic Hockey and nineteenth nationally at 22.1 % (30-for-135).
- Entering its eleventh season on the Division I degree, Penn State has been prepared to fast begins because the Nittany Lions now boast a 41-14-4 document within the month of October together with an excellent 18-2-0 mark during the last four-plus seasons (Note: the 2020-21 season started November 19). Penn State went 6-1-0 remaining October together with a victory over No. 6 North Dakota within the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game in Nashville.
- The 12 aims scored remaining weekend opposed to Canisius marks the second one maximum all-time by way of the Nittany Lions all over a season opening collection simply shy of the 13 they put at the board in a sweep opposed to Sacred Heart to start out the 2019-20 season (8-2, 5-4).
OCTOBER, HOME OF THE GOOD BERGER
- Junior Christian Berger popped in a powerplay target all over remaining Saturday’s 7-5 victory over Canisius marking his 3rd profession target, every of that have come all over the month of October. In his profession, Berger has 18 issues, 8 of which, together with all 3 of his aims, have come over his remaining 8 video games all over the month of October.
HOCKEY VALLEY’S NEW TURE GUIDE
- Senor Ture Linden inspired many all over his first weekend in Hockey Valley registering back-to-back multi-point efforts together with his first Nittany Lion target to move at the side of a couple of assists to tie his profession excessive with 3 issues in Saturday’s 7-5 victory.
- Linden’s 4 assists at the yr are tied for 2nd within the Big Ten and the country and are essentially the most amongst avid gamers with simply two video games performed. The senior’s 5 issues also are tied for 2nd within the Big Ten and 5th nationally.
- Linden was once additionally sturdy within the faceoff dot profitable 66.7 % (30-for-45) of his attracts to rank 5th within the Big Ten amongst centermen.
- Linden, who is from Virginia, covered up with New York natives Ryan Kirwan and Kevin Wall remaining weekend to shape a line that blended for 6 aims, 15 issues and a plus-18 plus/minus. The trio blended for fifty % of Penn State’s target scoring over the weekend and slightly below 50 % of its general offense.
- With 5 issues every thru two video games this season the trio is tied for 2nd within the Big Ten and 5th nationally in scoring.
- Like Linden, sophomore Ryan Kirwan accumulated back-to-back multi-point efforts to open the season together with a career-high 3 issues on two aims and one help on Saturday, his 3rd profession multi-goal sport. Kirwan was once named the Big Ten Third Star of the Week for his efforts as his 3 aims this season are lately 2nd within the Big Ten and fourth nationally.
- Wall additionally notched a career-high on Saturday with 4 issues and 3 assists to move at the side of the eventual game-winning target, a target that landed at No. 9 on Sports activitiesCenter’s top-10 on Sunday morning.
- With a plus/minus of plus-6, the trio are every tied for the nationwide lead in plus/minus getting into the weekend.
STREAKING THROUGH THE OFF-SEASON
- Sophomore Ben Schoen tallied one help in every sport this previous weekend operating his level streak that has carried over from the top of remaining season to a career-best 5 video games. The sophomore now has assists in five-straight video games, which could also be a career-best, on the other hand, he has failed to search out the again of the web in 13 consecutive video games relationship again to January 28, 2022, opposed to Ohio State the place he scored in law to tie the competition earlier than potting the shootout winner.
- Senior Connor MacEachern has additionally tallied issues in four-straight video games relationship again to remaining season and is simply two video games shy of his career-best six-game streak from remaining wintry weather. With assists in every of the ones 4 video games as smartly, MacEachern is one sport off his career-best help streak of 5 video games.
- Senior Paul DeNaples, who’s the usage of his additional yr of eligibility granted by way of the NCAA because of the COVID-19 pandemic, returns as Penn State’s captain making him simply the second one Nittany Lion in program historical past to don the ‘C’ for a couple of season as he joins Tommy Olczyk.
- DeNaples lately holds the Penn State plus/minus document with a plus-52 score, a mark excellent for 3rd amongst energetic avid gamers nationally. The senior additionally ranks 8th at the all-time scoring record for Nittany Lion defensemen with 34 issues.
- DeNaples hasn’t ignored a sport since stepping foot on campus within the fall of 2018 taking part in in 135-straight as he seems to be to skate down Chase Berger’s Iron Man streak of 154 consecutive video games performed.
THE B1G GADOWSKY
- Now in his eleventh season in Hockey Valley, head trainer Guy. Gadowsky is 174-152-24 in the back of the Penn State bench.
- The 2014-15 Big Ten Coach of the Year registered his three hundredth profession victory in 2019-20 and sits simply 3 shy of 350 rating thirty eighth amongst Division I coaches all-time and is lately thirteenth amongst energetic NCAA Division I coaches with 347 wins.
- Like remaining season, parking for Penn State males’s ice hockey video games at Pegula Ice Arena shall be to be had on the following places starting two hours previous to the beginning of the sport: Stadium West, Jordan East and Porter North.
- There isn’t any price for the ones buyers will a sound Penn State parking allow.
- Prepaid parking is to be had in the course of the ParkCellular App for $5.50 thru nighttime the evening earlier than the development or for $10 at the day of the development. Season parking programs also are to be had for $100 thru October 6.
- For Men’s Hockey video games that overlap with Bryce Jordan Center occasions, day-of-event cost could also be as excessive as $30 for the ones and not using a allow or prepayment. There also are $1 in line with hour parking choices to be had on the East Deck for many video games.
- ParkCellular prepayment availability ends at 11:59 p.m. the evening earlier than every occasion. Events might not be selectable at the web site after that point, and cost should then be made on web site upon arrival to occasion parking personnel (money most effective).
- Penn State returns domestic for a Thursday-Friday collection opposed to St. Thomas.
For additional info at the 2022-23 season introduced by way of the Penn State Bookstore: Official Bookstore of Penn State Athletics, discuss with the boys’s hockey web page at GoPSUsports.com or name 1-800-NITTANY Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.