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Goodwin's Road to 100

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By Maria Canales, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer 

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - This past weekend, senior captain David Goodwin became the first Nittany Lion to notch 100 career points. The Penn State forward reached the milestone against Alaska Anchorage with an assist on a Chase Berger goal. His century mark though, is just one legacy that the Des Peres, Missouri native hopes to leave behind.

Goodwin can remember Penn State's first game in Pegula Ice Arena, where he recalled scoring his first goal in the Blue and White - one of his favorite memories. The Oct. 11, 2013 matchup against Army drew a capacity crowd of 6,370 who witnessed Goodwin's goal during the third period to give the Nittany Lions a 3-0 lead.

"It was a very electric crowd that night," Goodwin said. "I was very nervous and had tons of emotions. I had butterflies in my stomach. I didn't really know what to expect, but that night couldn't have exceeded my expectations any more."

Forward Zach Saar assisted Goodwin's goal. 

Another standout moment for Goodwin was his game-winning goal in overtime at Michigan Feb. 21, 2014. The unassisted goal clinched the Nittany Lions' first Big Ten win in program history, further cementing Goodwin's name in Penn State hockey history.

"That was a very special moment," Goodwin said. "It was really neat for that to happen on the road because I was able to share it with just my teammates. It was something that really brought our team together and a win that has been very influential in the building of our program." 

At the end of his freshman season, Goodwin had tallied 18 points. By the end of his sophomore campaign, he had contributed 34 more times on the score sheet, putting him more than halfway to 100. At the end of the 2015-16 season, Goodwin's 38 points placed him 10 shy of the milestone. 

On the road to 100 points, Goodwin has said time and again that it hasn't been a road he has traveled alone. Goodwin has consistently given credit to all of his teammates, especially his line mates for encouraging him to do his best over the years.

"Playing with Casey Bailey was pretty special, obviously he's now an NHL player," Goodwin said. "At the same time, playing with a guy like Taylor Holstrom, it was equally as exciting. That line in particular we had phenomenal chemistry, we each brought something different to the line."

With the competitive nature of that line in particular though, Goodwin says that's now how he tries to model his following lines.

Goodwin has played every season with new line mates, finding that preparation and communication are both key to finding success with whoever he plays with.

"One thing that is common among all the lines I've had, is we're all very committed to getting better each and every day on the ice," Goodwin said. "We know the importance of chemistry so we're always working on stuff in practice and talking about things between periods."

While chemistry is key, Goodwin also believes it is essential to lead by example. Voted team captain for his senior campaign by his teammates, Goodwin leads the Nittany Lions with a level-headedness that his teammates respect. 

He may not be the loudest guy in the locker room, or the flashiest on the ice, but Goodwin knows how to put in the hard work and get results. 

"David's definitely a special leader," senior forward Ricky DeRosa said. "He's a guy who doesn't have to say too many things to get people motivated, which I really respect about him."

To date, Goodwin has 34 goals and 67 assists. He has logged six game-winning goals, ranking him second among all Nittany Lions and one shy of Tommy Olczyk's record of seven. But Goodwin is more than just the numbers you find on a box score, he's the leader of a team that prides itself on not only winning, but also being outstanding members of the Hockey Valley community.

"I work hard every day to be a good representation of this program and the University on the ice and off the ice," Goodwin said. "I think it's important for the University to view the players on the hockey team as great guys, great leaders in the community, and obviously good hockey players as well."

Penn State Weekly Check In

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State men's hockey head coach Guy Gadowsky and Nittany Lion Ricky DeRosa take time for a weekly check in to recap last weekend while looking ahead to the upcoming two-game series against Arizona State at home in Pegula Ice Arena. 

Catch up with Gadowsky and DeRosa to hear what's happening this week in Penn State men's hockey. 


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Even with Changes, Lions Hold Off Seawolves

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By Maria Canales, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - No. 12 Penn State men's hockey (9-1-1) head coach Guy Gadowsky said last Monday that possible changes to the lineup against Alaska Anchorage (1-9-0) could be coming. Gadowsky followed through and switched up both the offense and defense. 

Freshman forward Nate Sucese, who has had success so far this season playing on a line with sophomores Andrew Sturtz and Chase Berger, was playing with some new faces this weekend. Sucese skated alongside the two tallest members of the team, freshman Nikita Pavlychev and senior Zach Saar Saturday night.

"I liked it a lot," Sucese said of playing with different line mates. "[Saar] creates space out there, being so big, and same with [Pavlychev]. They're just such hard nose players so they're easy to play with."

Sucese had two goals and an assist in Saturday night's career-high effort. 

Also on offense, Gadowsky was happy with the performance of the line consisting of Berger, freshman Brandon Biro, and senior David Goodwin.

"I don't think Berger ended up on the score sheet but he had a lot of shots and a lot of quality, grade-A opportunities," Gadowsky said. "I actually thought that line played very well."

Several other Nittany Lions got into the lineup on offense this weekend including sophomore forward Matt Mendelson. 

On defense, the pairing of sophomore Vince Pedrie and junior Erik Autio remained unchanged, but fans did see a new defensive set with sophomore Derian Hamilton playing alongside freshman James Gobetz.

The Nittany Lions played all weekend without star forward, sophomore Andrew Sturtz, who was out due to a lower body injury. Gadowsky was pleased with the team's performance without Sturtz, saying that it's a testament to their talent and work ethic that they can still be a powerful team without one of their most consistent forwards.

The Nittany Lions are now on a nine-game unbeaten streak after sweeping Alaska Anchorage this weekend at Pegula Ice Arena.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State men's hockey is back in action for another round of Nittany Lion hockey vs. Alaska-Anchorage tonight in Pegula Ice Arena at 7 p.m.

Catch all the action and follow along with exclusive content on our live blog! 


Live Blog Penn State vs. Alaska-Anchorage (11/12/2016)
 
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State men's hockey is back in action at home in Pegula Ice Arena hosting Alaska-Anchorage in a two-game series this weekend. The Nittany Lions kick off the weekend with a 7 p.m. matchup Friday. 

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Freshmen Contributing on Top Lines

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By Maria Canales, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer 

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State men's hockey offense has been on fire recently, thanks in part to two freshmen on the two top lines. 

Freshman forward Denis Smirnov, who thus far has played on a line with senior forwards Dylan Richard and David Goodwin, has contributed five goals and 10 assists in nine games. The trio has combined for 10 goals and 22 assists.

Freshman forward Nate Sucese has skated with sophomore forwards Chase Berger and Andrew Sturtz. This line has also contributed on the scoresheet, with Sucese producing four goals and two assists through nine games. Sturtz and Berger combined have 11 goals and six assists.

"I think we're all kind of alike and we have a lot of skill," Sucese said of his line mates. "Chase and I love to pass, we have a passing mentality and Sturtz, being a goal scorer, it's worked out well for us so far." 

Similarities in style of play are essential for line mates to mesh and be efficient on the ice, but it also comes down to building chemistry. 

"We're getting better every game," Smirnov said. "Playing with those two guys, with their experience and how many games they've played, they've helped me a lot."

Playing with more experienced line mates, both Sucese and Smirnov have learned a lot about how to play the type of hockey needed for both team and individual success at the collegiate level.

Sucese explained that Berger and Sturtz have taught him to take the season one game at a time, and to focus on one opponent at a time. 

"They've taught me to come in to the rink with an optimistic mind," Sucese said. "It's really helped me as the year's gone on."

Smirnov said that aside from game preparedness, Richard and Goodwin have emphasized being mentally sharp for every practice, and to take advantage of every opportunity to get better individually. 

Head coach Guy Gadowsky has noticed the two lines and the success they've had so far this season, but isn't afraid to possibly mix things up in the coming weeks. 

"We might tinker with the lines a little bit to try some things out in the next couple weeks so that we have an idea if we're forced to change down the road," Gadowsky said. "There's a few lines that are playing well but we might change things up just to see how other lines work."

Both Sucese and Smirnov aren't worried about the possibility of playing with new line mates, they both emphasized that if they continue to put in the necessary work that they'll hopefully blend well with whatever line mates they're paired with.

"I just think I've got to play my own game," Sucese said. "Whatever line I'm on if I bring what I can do to the line I think we'll be successful."

VIDEO: Men's Ice Hockey Weekly Check In

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State men's hockey head coach Guy Gadowsky and Nittany Lions Vince Pedrie and Nikita Pavlychev spent time taking a quick look back at the weekend series sweep against Niagara as well as looking ahead to upcoming outings in Pegula Ice Arena this weekend. 

Check in with the Nittany Lions to hear what's happening this week in Penn State men's hockey. 

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Funkey, Sturtz, Smirnov Highlight Weekend Sweep

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By Maria Canales, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Four different Nittany Lions scored during No. 14 Penn State's (7-1-1) Thursday night win over visiting Niagara (0-7-2), but the highlight of the evening came from sophomore Chris Funkey's performance in net.

Earning his first start between the pipes, Funkey started the night on a strong note. In the first period he made eight saves and in the second period stopped seven shots.

Heading into the third period, the Nittany Lions had a 4-1 lead, thanks in part to two goals from freshman forward Denis Smirnov. The Nittany Lions were confident heading into the final period because of their strong performance both defensively and offensively throughout the night. 

Funkey made nine more critical saves during the third period to carry the Lions past the Purple Eagles, making 24 saves total during Thursday's contest. Penn State defeated Niagara, 5-1.

"Awesome," Funkey said of the win. "It was great, I was thrilled with the start. I was really happy that the boys played unbelievable in front of me tonight."

Funkey, whose parents were in town for the game, said his first start is something he definitely won't forget.

Head coach Guy Gadowsky was quick to praise Funkey's performance between the pipes.

"I bet there's hundreds of hockey players that are just thrilled for him right now because of the way he is, just the type of person he is," Gadowsky said. "Everybody was just so happy for him. It was really well earned."

On offense, Smirnov and sophomore forward Andrew Sturtz seemed to make goal after goal both nights. For the weekend, Smirnov had two goals and four assists.

Sturtz, known for his efforts in front of opponent's nets that are methodic with a touch of flare, had three goals during the series. 

"I thought he had a great weekend," Gadowsky said of Sturtz. "He was flying all weekend."  

Sturtz had 18 goals last season, which led the Nittany Lions. Smirnov had 29 goals in 60 games with the 2015-16 Fargo Force of the USHL. 

The Nittany Lions defeated the Purple Eagles 5-1 on Friday. 

"I think we're improving, I think we're learning," Gadowsky said. "I think a lot of our new faces have gained a lot of experience in a short time and we've had some very good results. It's just a matter now of continuing to improve." 

Men's Hockey Live Blog - vs. Niagara (11/4/16)

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State men's hockey is back in action, fresh off a 5-1 win against Niagara in the opening outing of the two-game series. The No. 14/15 Nittany Lions host Niagara again in the final game of week Friday, Nov. 4 with puck drop set for 7 p.m. at Pegula Ice Arena. 

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Men's Hockey Live Blog - vs. Niagara (11/3/2016)

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - No. 14/15 Penn State men's hockey remains home this week, welcoming Niagara to Pegula Ice Arena for a pair of nonconference matchups set for Thursday, Nov. 3 and Friday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. both evenings. 

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