What To Watch: Penn State at Three Rivers Classic

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State men's hockey team travels to Pittsburgh to play in the Three Rivers Classic on Friday, Dec. 28 and Saturday, Dec. 29 at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Nittany Lions (3-9-1) will open up the round robin tournament vs. Robert Morris (2-10-2).

GAME NOTES: at Three Rivers Classic

This will be the second straight season the Penn State will play in the Three Rivers Classic, which also features No. 7 Boston College (10-4-2) and Bowling Green (8-8-4). The Nittany Lions will open play against the Colonials and play either the Eagles or Falcons, depending on the result of their first game in Pittsburgh.

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What To Watch - Penn State

Short Handed Scoring: The Nittany Lions are the only team in the NCAA with three players that have scored shorthanded goals. David Glen, Curtis Loik and Tommy Olczyk have all tallied one goal while Penn State was shorthanded. The Lions are tied for 13th nationally with three shorthanded goals, while Maine, Robert Morris, Princeton and Yale are the only other schools that have two players with at least one shorthanded goal.

Olczyk Comfortable on the Road: Junior Tommy Olczyk is one of the players head coach Guy Gadowsky has looked to while building the foundation of Penn State hockey and he has been delivering all season long when the Lions hit the road. Of his six points in 2013-14, Olczyk has registered five of them away from Pegula Ice Arena. His only point at home this season was an assist on the game winning goal vs. Sacred Heart.

Against the Field: Penn State will meet Robert Morris for the fourth time in program history, with the Colonials leading the series, 2-1. Penn State won the last meeting between the two schools, claming a 5-4 decision earlier this season in Pittsburgh. Penn State has never met Boston College or Bowling Green on the ice.

What To Watch - The Field

Where's Wydo: The opposition is always looking for junior forward Cody Wydo when the Colonials go on the attack, as he sits tied for seventh in the NCAA with 12 goals this season. He tallied seven of those goals in back-to-back games; scoring four goals vs. Penn State on Nov. 1 before tallying three goals against Canisius on Nov. 8.

Gaudreau Makes Eagles Go: Junior Johnny Gaudreau currently ranks second in the NCAA in points and goals so far this season. Gaudreau is tied with the duo of Austin Czarnik and Riley Barber of Miami (Ohio) with 28 points - tailing only Greg Carey of St. Lawrence (36 pts) - and is trailing only Rensselaer's Ryan Haggerty's 18 goals in 2013-14.

Bowling Green Dominating in Shots: The Falcons have outshot nearly every opponent this season, winning the tally in shots on 15 of 20 occasions. Bowling Green was outshot in their first two games of the season at Union College and have fired more shots that 15 of their last 17 opponents. The Orange and Brown have taken 652 shots to their opponents 551 shots this season.

 

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