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."