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Freshman Feature: Jones Working to Earn Spot in Net

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By Maria Canales, Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - With the departure of two goaltenders last season, Penn State men's hockey head coach Guy Gadowsky will look toward veteran Chris Funkey and newcomer Peyton Jones to fill the void.

Jones, a Pennsylvania native, is coming off of a successful 2015-16 season with the Lincoln Stars of the USHL. Jones played in 35 games with the Stars and ended the season with a .922 save percentage, placing him fourth in the league.

Standing at 6 feet 4 inches, Jones has learned over recent years how to utilize his size inside the crease.

"I used to be a smaller goalie, so when I did grow I still played like a smaller goalie," said Jones. "I had to get used to not coming out and challenging as much."

During Jones' final year in Lincoln, Nebraska he focused on watching video of bigger goalies and how they play efficiently. Watching a lot of film, along with working with his goaltending coach Clay Adams, is what Jones credits his success to during his final season with the Stars. 

Jones describes himself as a quick goaltender who moves well laterally. Both skills will be an asset once the season starts, especially during Big Ten play. Up against quick-moving offenses like Minnesota, Jones' talents could be a key for shutting the opposition down. 

While the season may be a few weeks away, Jones is working now on getting better little by little every day. He emphasized that if he can improve each week before the season, it will put him in the best position possible to earn a starting spot. 

Jones also explained how he is thankful he'll have his family come to many of the games once the season gets rolling. Hockey Valley is a simple drive from his home in Langhorne, Pennsylvania compared to the last two years he spent in Lincoln.

Although familial support is vital, Jones also has the support of two others.

Helping Jones play up to his size in net are two very close friends. He wears the numbers 20 and 24 on the back of his helmet to honor two of his friends from high school who passed away.

In the world of sports, goaltender helmets are one of the final elements of individuality, an opportunity for players to showcase what is important to them. Goaltenders often design the paint job on their own masks and it is very telling that Jones wanted to include the numbers of his two friends. 

In addition, Jones' helmet also has several Penn State logos on the sides, along with the logo of Pegula Ice Arena itself. The words "We Are...Penn State" are painted on either side of the traditional blue stripe down the middle of the helmet.

With the clock winding down on preseason workouts, Jones is eager to skate out on the ice for the Blue and White. Having never attended a game in Pegula Ice Arena prior to committing to the University, one of the things Jones is looking forward to is the game day atmosphere.

Knowing the Nittany Lions' contests have consistently been sold out since Pegula opened four years ago, as well as having the support of the vocal and dedicated Roar Zone, Jones is ready to put on a show and work hard for all in attendance.

"I've heard nothing but good things," Jones said. "I'm excited to play in front of the fans."


By Maria Canales, Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Men's Hockey senior forward and Spanish major David Goodwin spent last summer in Mexico, learning about Mexican culture and improving his Spanish skills. In May, Goodwin embarked on another journey, this time to Cuba, where he taught English at a local university. 

For more than a month Goodwin lived in Santa Clara, a large city three hours from Havana. Unlike in Mexico, where he stayed with a host family, Goodwin lived on his own in Santa Clara. He learned how to navigate Cuba by himself, and appreciated the opportunity to set his own itinerary. 

"Last summer I liked having a host family around, but this time it was nice having a little bit more freedom," said Goodwin. "Being able to make my own adventures was different than my last trip, but it was what I wanted." 

During the week, Goodwin taught English to university students. He enjoyed spending time with students his own age, and quickly became friends with the students and other locals. On the weekends Goodwin traveled around the country, visiting beaches, small towns, and the capital city of Havana.

Goodwin also embraced the country's love of baseball. In addition to teaching university classes, he volunteered with a youth program after work hours, and played baseball with kids in the community. Goodwin explained that although he wasn't very good at baseball, it was fun to experience something new.

"I'll definitely stick with hockey," Goodwin joked. 

In fact, Goodwin was able to teach several of his new friends about his hockey background. He showed them photos of games at Pegula Ice Arena and described the spirited atmosphere of the Roar Zone. 

"They were definitely very interested in ice hockey," said Goodwin. "The majority of them had never seen an ice hockey game on TV, but I would explain to them how it worked and we would do comparisons between ice hockey and baseball."

Goodwin's favorite part of his time in Cuba was feeling like a member of a tight-knit community. He appreciated the hospitality and welcoming nature. Goodwin dined with new friends in their homes, met their families, and learned first-hand about Cuban culture and everyday life. 

Goodwin returned from Cuba at the end of June, and is currently back in State College preparing for his senior season with the Nittany Lions. Despite living in Cuba for only a few weeks, Goodwin is sure that the memories will remain with him for a lifetime.


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Dinner with a local family

Nittany Lions Reflect on Many Milestones of 2015-16 Season

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By Maria Canales, Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - After tallying a new program record with 21 wins in a season, the Penn State men's hockey team can look back on the 2015-16 season proudly.

The Nittany Lions started their season off strong, winning three of their first four home games in Pegula Ice Arena. The Nittany Lions had four sweeps during the season in Pegula, against AIC and Sacred Heart, as well as Big Ten foes Michigan State and Wisconsin.

Head coach Guy Gadowsky boasted how the Roar Zone continues to amaze the team and coaches alike, and the group is without a doubt a reason for the Nittany Lions amounting a 12-5-1 home record this campaign.

"Just looking at the season obviously lots of positives and takeaways, we sold out every game which I think is just tremendous, and not only are we continuing to improve, our Roar Zone is continuing to improve. I thought they were absolutely awesome so those are two big positives," said Gadowsky. "First 20-win season is great, I think third place in the Big Ten is a big accomplishment, as well."

Gadowsky pointed out that the Nittany Lions were able to develop offensively throughout the season, which contributed to adding more wins for the program. Comparing Penn State to other Big Ten offensive teams, such as Michigan and Minnesota is hard, explained Gadowsky, but nationally he pointed out that the team did very well.

Another high point for the team came in the form of the freshman class. Transitioning to college hockey can be tough, but this class seemed to fit right in from the start.

Freshman forward Andrew Sturtz led the team this season in goals with 18, followed by fellow freshman forward Chase Berger with 13, tied with senior forward Eric Scheid.

On defense, freshman Vince Pedrie and Kevin Kerr stood out as individuals who were willing to do anything for teammates, as well as were quick with a shot on net if needed.

"Another factor was how well our freshmen fit in," said Gadowsky. "I don't know if that's credit due to the freshmen or credit due to the upperclassmen who really did a great job at mentoring them but I think those were all positives for us."

With the season over, several Nittany Lions will be continuing their hockey careers beyond the walls of Hockey Valley.

Scheid signed a contract with the Portland Pirates of the AHL. Scheid notched 77 total points during his time wearing the Blue and White.

Senior goaltender Matt Skoff joined the Reading Royals of the ECHL on an Amateur Tryout Agreement (ATO). Skoff leaves Hockey Valley holding every career record possible for a goaltender at Penn State, including games played (77), victories (32), and saves (2,114).

Senior forward and alternate captain Luke Juha departs Penn State for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL on an Amateur Tryout Agreement. In his final season, the Ontario native notched 15 goals, the most ever by a Nittany Lion defenseman.

The only junior leaving the program, goaltender Eamon McAdam, signed his NHL contract with the New York Islanders. Drafted in 2013 by New York, McAdam finished out his junior season at Penn State by singing a three-year entry-level deal with the Islanders. McAdam played in 22 games during the 2015-16 season, 13 of those games were victories.

"It is difficult, and in this conference, the Big Ten conference you look at Minnesota who lost three juniors, it's something that you understand it's a possibility and in one strange sense you realize it's almost a factor of success," said Gadowsky of early signees. "If you have a lot of people signing early it probably means they did a good job."

Singing early, Gadowsky explained, is a testament to how well McAdam has played this past season, and how much vision the NHL has for the young player.

Whether they're departing Hockey Valley after graduation or for the pros, the departing Nittany Lions, including a senior class of eight, will forever be remembered by teammates, coaches, and fans as some of the most dedicated individuals the program has ever had.

Gadowsky noted in his final press conference of the season that now is a critical time for the program when it's in transition between seasons. He pointed out that the new freshman class joining the program would be bringing in decorated individuals who each bring a unique skillset to the table.

Seven new Nittany Lions will step onto the ice for Penn State this fall, including goaltender Peyton Jones, and 2015 Pittsburgh Penguins draft pick, Nikita Pavlychev.

USHL standout Denis Smirnov will also join the program this fall, after putting off his enrollment for a year to further his development.

Gadowsky is excited to welcome such a talented class to the program, and is confident they will smoothly transition into college hockey with a little help from the veterans.

With the Nittany Lions eager to welcome a new class and to get back onto the ice, it's all about looking ahead to next season and building off the successes of this season's campaign. The future is looking bright for a program that didn't even have the ice of Pegula Ice Arena to skate on four seasons ago.

Lions Prepared to Battle for Big Ten Title

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11792088.jpegBy Maria Canales, Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - After tallying a 20-12-4 overall mark and 10-9-1 in the Big Ten record for the regular season, the Penn State men's hockey team enters Thursday's quarterfinal round of the Big Ten Tournament a hopeful No. 4 seed.

After struggling through their last two road series, the Nittany Lions and head coach Guy Gadowsky, are confident in their abilities that they've relied on so far this season.

With their best regular season as a Division I program behind them, the Nittany Lions are eager to start off on the same ground level as all other Big Ten teams in the tournament.

All teams enter the tournament essentially 0-0, no regular season record matters once the puck drops in the quarterfinals, and all that the Nittany Lions can focus on now are the games ahead.

"Right now all we have is Thursday and once we're successful Thursday we'll look at Friday," said Gadowsky. "If we're fortunate to be successful there we'll look at Saturday."

After a series of injuries popped up toward the end of the season, Gadowsky assured that although they are missing impactful players such as freshman defenseman Vince Pedrie, the Nittany Lions are prepared to do whatever it takes to put their best available players on the ice.

With several other players day-to-day Gadowsky is leaning on healthy players such as senior forward Kenny Brooks to continue to be versatile at both ends of the ice. Brooks will likely play some time at defense, which he has done previously when several defensemen were out with injuries.

"For his first weekend of the year on defense he was excellent," said Gadowsky. "I mean I can't tell you how hard that is, it's very difficult. He's good with the puck and I think when you pair him with someone like Erik Autio who likes to move the puck I think they fit well together."

Gadowsky is also standing behind the performance of his goaltenders, junior Eamon McAdam and senior Matt Skoff. After facing some difficult tests late in the season, Gadowsky remains positive that when asked, either goaltender can be prepared to make the saves and do whatever else needed to contribute to the team's performance.

"I think obviously going in to Michigan how we did shorthanded and then Saturday night way shorthanded, the way it was, he knows it was a tough situation," said Gadowsky of McAdam's performance at Michigan this past weekend. "I like the way he handled it and to be honest he played extremely well."

McAdam will start in net for the Nittany Lions on against the Badgers.

Looking ahead to the first round of the tournament on Thursday, the Nittany Lions will first face Wisconsin, who went 8-12-8 and 3-13-4 in the Big Ten this season.

The Nittany Lions swept the Badgers in Pegula Ice Arena on January 15 and 16, but split their series in Madison on March 4 and 5.

"They're a young, very talented group and I don't think anybody is surprised how much better they've been getting," said Gadowsky on Wisconsin. "They've been improving a lot and we're expecting an excellent team, not just a hungry team."

If the Lions successfully take down Wisconsin, they will face Michigan on Friday night, a team that over the years has become one of the most anticipated matchups of any given season.

During the 2015-16 campaign, the Nittany Lions went 0-4 against the Wolverines, but historically the series is closer. Penn State has won six matchups and Michigan has won seven since the 2014-15 season.

No matter what, the Nittany Lions know they're in for a battle Thursday night but remain hopeful they can work together despite injuries and find a win.

With their most winning regular season behind them, now it's time to look ahead to postseason play and a possible run at an NCAA tournament appearance.

The Nittany Lions faceoff against the Badgers tonight at 5 p.m. on the Big Ten Network. 

Kerr's Defensive Game Key to Lions Success

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11747195.jpegBy Maria Canales, Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - With his innate ability to move the puck and make quick transitions down the ice, freshman defenseman Kevin Kerr's creativity has become a signature of Penn State's defensive game this season.

Sitting at a plus-9 with two goals and 11 assists so far this season, Kerr's numbers reflect a skater that knows how to read plays and pass a puck. His ability to drop the puck into the offensive zone for a waiting teammate has made Kerr effective not only defensively, but offensively as well.

"I'm someone that prides myself not only on numbers, like points and plus-minus," said Kerr. "But just the little things in a game like breaking the puck out well and regrouping well, making smart plays in all three zones, the neutral zone, offensive zone, and defensive zone."

Being able to play transitionally is a talent behind Kerr's style of play, and makes him a versatile player on the ice.

Since the beginning of the season, Kerr noted how his role within the team hasn't necessarily changed, but his approach to games definitely has.

"I've become more confident over the past couple weeks," said Kerr. "At the beginning there's always a learning curve getting into college hockey and I've become real comfortable the last couple weeks and I think I'm playing more confidently on the ice."

Kerr also credits his confidence to his defensive partner, senior Luke Juha, playing a similar style of hockey to himself. Both puck-moving defensemen, the pair has amassed nine goals and 24 assists combined this season.

Being able to use each other on the ice and knowing how to move the puck in the defensive zone behind the net makes the pair extremely effective come game time.

For a team known for its ability to put shots on net, with an average of 42.6 shots per game, fans might not focus on the defensive end of a game as much. This is the time when defensive players, such as Kerr, who have the ability to play a very quick style of defense become key for the team.

Originally starting his hockey career as a forward, Kerr was able to learn the skills forwards need at a young age and has in turn used those skills to his advantage in the defensive zone. 

"All year we've been really active," said Kerr of his fellow defensemen. "Whether it's pinching down the wall or making plays, staying wide and making plays with the puck, it's a lot more fun to play in a system like that than maybe a traditional one where you don't have too much leniency to move around."

Head coach Guy Gadowsky noted how important versatile defensemen like Kerr have become to the program and explained how Kerr's ability to adapt has helped Kerr control the puck during games and how that in turn has helped the team overall.

"I'm not so sure he knew he'd be able to do that at this level," said Gadowsky. "He went from 'knowing I can definitely play here' to 'knowing I can be a good player here' and I think that's how he's become more confident and I think that's how he likes to play."

Heading into the final four games of the regular season, the Nittany Lions are eager to gain valuable wins on the road. More than ever, defense will be an important part of the Nittany Lions game strategy and will be looked upon to make blocks, but also keep the puck moving.

With Kerr and other puck-moving defensemen at the helm, the Nittany Lions are confident that their team has the ability to make the plays needed to return to Hockey Valley victorious.

Penn State plays at Wisconsin Friday night at 8 p.m. and again Saturday at 8 p.m. 

Luke Juha: The Penn State Hockey Experience

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11724016.jpegBy Erica Avallone, Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - There are a variety of things you could say about Luke Juha and the Penn State men's hockey program as a whole - hardworking, relentless, accomplished, only four years into the NCAA.

But that doesn't begin to cover who Juha is as a person or a player and how the Penn State men's hockey team has changed him.

Juha left his home in Mississauga, Ontario, to begin his junior career in 2009. Playing for the Burlington Cougars of the Ontario Junior Hockey League and the Vernon Vipers of the British Columbia Hockey League, Juha dreamed of playing for a NCAA hockey program. When head coach Guy Gadowsky called him and extended the invitation to play at Penn State, that dream wasn't guaranteed.

Juha and his fellow seniors took a leap of faith and committed to play at Penn State, not knowing what exactly was to happen, or if they would have to wait out some "growing seasons".

Having played in its final home game last Saturday, Penn State's first four-year Division I class can now look back and see that coming to Penn State during the building years was one of the best things they have ever done.

"Penn State Hockey is our baby," said Juha. "For me it was incredibly special to have the opportunity to start a program with these eight seniors."

Juha, an accomplished defenseman, did not always have it easy on the ice. Battling through injuries every year as a Nittany Lion took a toll on his game and his mindset. Having to sit out games sporadically every campaign made Juha work that much harder to be an impact player when he did take the ice.

This season Juha, an assistant captain, leads the team with 59 blocks and is second on the team with a plus-16 rating. He has totaled 20 points in 28 games this season.

Juha leads by example, consistently trying to do the right thing and be a role model. Juha and the other seniors only have a few more weeks to leave their lasting impression on the younger guys and the program as a whole.

"I want them to have the same love we do for this program," said Juha.

The Penn State hockey experience is like no other. The culture in Hockey Valley is unprecedented. Juha has said that a huge part of the team's success on the ice comes from their love for each other off the ice.

"These are my best friends," said Juha. "I would do anything for them, and I think that is what fires our chemistry up on the ice."

In just four years, Juha and his classmates have created something magical.

"We have improved so much, so quickly," Juha said. "I think we have a better culture every year and I don't see that changing. With the culture and caliber of recruits improving, I see national championships in the future."

This program and culture have left an everlasting impact on Juha as a person and a player. Juha credits the program to teaching him how to find enjoyment in everything he does, even the more difficult things.

"Having this amazing facility and the opportunity to start this program from a humble beginning at Greenberg has showed me how to appreciate what I have in my life so much more," said Juha.

Juha spoke about how thankful he is that Coach Gadowsky brought him here four years ago.

"Penn State is the best University in the world. There are so many opportunities for us to learn and grow as people and players," Juha said. "There are amazing people all around you. Everyone is so proud to be here and to be apart of what we are doing."

Looking back over the last four seasons, Juha's favorite moment lies in a game against Minnesota at home last year. Juha scored the game winner in overtime against the Gophers, who the Nittany Lions were anxious to beat.

"That will be a day I never forget," Juha said.

This team and senior class started from nothing. They, along with the coaching staff, made it their mission to create something great - and they did. These seniors will leave a legacy that will not soon be forgotten in the hallowed halls of Pegula Ice Arena. Ending this chapter in their lives they all look towards what is next, unsure of what is to come.

"When they was recruited, they were getting feedback on how they were going to lose badly for four years," said Gadowsky of the senior class. "They believed in themselves and believed in the program that they were not going to lose the next four years. And to see how far they have come and what they have accomplished, wow."

Each and every one of the eight seniors can move forward with solstice knowing that they helped mold the Penn State hockey program into what it is today.

"I don't think our team really understands how lucky we are. Once you become a senior and realize your days are numbered, it hits you," said Juha.

As said in one of the most famous hockey movies by one of the most legendary coaches, "Great moments are born from great opportunities", and Gadowsky gave these eight seniors that great opportunity. 

Penn State Athletics THON 2016 Coverage

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IMG_9032.JPGUNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State Athletics was heavily involved with the 44th IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON) held at the Bryce Jordan Center over the weekend.

THON's 708 dancers began standing at 6 p.m. on Friday and did not sit down or sleep until Sunday at 4 p.m. to raise awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer in the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.

Since 1977, THON has partnered with The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital with one goal in mind: conquering childhood cancer. To date, more than $136 million has been raised by THON. THON revealed a fundraising total of more than $9.7 million for 2016 with 96 percent of THON's all-time funds being donated directly to Four Diamonds. 

Each year, more than 15,000 Penn State student volunteers dedicate their time to THON, making it the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.

Members of Penn State's Student Athlete Advisory Board (SAAB) were active participants in THON, and led run several fund-raising activities once again this year including sending solicitation letters to friends and family and a lip sync competition. In addition to generating financial support for THON, SAAB also provides emotional support to its THON children, Isabella Messina and Colton Buckley, and their families throughout the year.

Four Penn State student-athletes are represented SAAB as dancers in THON 2016: Liisi Vink-Lainas (Wynantskill, N.Y.) and Angela Widlacki (Naperville, Ill.) of women's soccer, Emily Rivers (Washington, D.C.) from women's tennis and Matt Zanellato (Burke, Va.) from football.

"This means the world to us. As athletes you are given a platform that a normal student might not have," said Zanellato. "It's one of those things that when you come in as a freshman, you know that you will have that platform for a few years. I wanted to make the most of it. I realized that THON was something special to me when I came to Penn State. I wanted to use my platform as best I could."

Additionally, Angela Connors and Jessica Spellman from the Lionettes squad and from Penn State cheerleading Kenny Fuhrman, Paige Gentry, Jordan Hinkle, Kylie Tobasco and Mike White danced in THON.

Within Penn State Athletics, strategic communications student assistants Emily Hesidence and Kate Brandell were also among the dancers at THON, as well.

Check out the extensive coverage from THON 2016 weekend.

Friday - 6 p.m. - THON 2016 Begins
The 46-hour dance marathon kicked off at 6 p.m. on Friday evening when the 708 dancers stood. They will remain on their feet until Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m.


Saturday - 9:30 a.m. - Student-Athlete Interviews
With Bryce Jordan Center buzzing with energy during the 16th hour of THON 2016, spent some time with student-athletes and THON dancers Liisi Vink-Lainas  and Angela Widlacki of women's soccer, Emily Rivers, from women's tennis and Matt Zanellato from football. Representing Student Athlete Advisory Board (SAAB), the group is thrilled to carry the Penn State Athletics banner as dancers in the 2016 THON. Take a look at some of their remarks from the floor at the BJC.

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Saturday - 2 p.m. - Football Hosts THON Explorers Event
Approximately 40 members of the Nittany Lion football team welcomed approximately 30 THON Four Diamonds children and their families to a special event inside the Lasch Football Building on Saturday afternoon as part of the THON Explorers program.

The THON event in Lasch is circled on the calendar for the Nittany Lions every year. The THON families gathered inside the home of Penn State football to take photos, get autographs, participate in athletic stations, tour the facility with the Nittany Lions, eat ice cream from the Penn State Creamery and take a group photo.

The Nittany Lions formed a high-five tunnel for the families upon entry into the building before the student-athletes took the families around the football facility. Take a look at the THON Explorers event at the Lasch Football Complex on Saturday.

Football THON Explorers Event

Saturday - 6 p.m. - Student-Athletes Participate in Athlete Hour
Athletes from several teams on campus spent times with the THON Four Diamonds children inside the IM during athlete hour on Saturday.  Here are a few snapshots and video highlights from the event.

Athlete Hour Photo Gallery

Saturday - 11 p.m. - Football Wins Pep Rally Dance Competition
One of the THON highlights every year comes on Saturday night when the teams of Penn State Athletics hop on stage and compete in a dancing competition during the annual pep rally. In all, 12 different teams competed in the 2016 version of the dance-off.

The pep rally included a speech from former Nittany Lion football great Devon Still and his daughter Leah.

As for the dance competition, the football team claimed top honors in the men's side of the action, while the reigning national champion women's soccer team took top honors on the women's side. The two teams then battled in a dance off, with the football team earning the bragging rights as the 2016 THON Pep Rally dancing champion.

We have highlights of every team dancing on Saturday night at THON. 

THON 2016 Pep Rally Photo Gallery

9185732.jpegTHON 2016 Pep Rally Full Dances
Football (Men's & Overall Champion) 
Women's Soccer (Women's Champion)
Men's Fencing
Men's Golf
Men's Gymnastics
Men's Hockey
Men's Rugby
Men's Soccer
Men's Tennis
Men's Volleyball
Field Hockey
Women's Golf
Women's Gymnastics
Women's Hockey
Women's Rugby
Women's Volleyball

Sunday - 11:30 a.m. - VIDEO: Coach Franklin Addresses THON 2016
Head coach James Franklin took the stage of THON 2016 on Sunday morning to urge the dancers on in the final hours of the 46-hour dance marathon.  Franklin's message epitomized what THON's mission has been since it started in 1977.

"This is special. What you guys do is what Penn State is ultimately all about," said Coach Franklin.

Take a look at his full remarks.

James Franklin at THON 2016 Photo Gallery

4:14 p.m. - THON 2016 Raises $9.7 Million
For the second-straight year, THON's fundraising efforts raised more than $9.7 million. The grand total for THON in 2016 was  $9,770,332.32 for fight against pediatric cancer.  Congratulations to everyone involved in THON 2016.  Here is a look at the reveal from Rec Hall prior to Penn State wrestling's bout against Oklahoma State. The Nittany Lion faithful in Rec Hall let out a big cheer as the total was unveiled.


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McAdam Shines, Lions Keep Buckeyes on Their Toes

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11712784.jpegBy Maria Canales, Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Thanks to tremendous goaltending by junior Eamon McAdam on Friday, and a mid-game attempted comeback on Saturday, the No. 15 Penn State men's hockey team (19-9-4, 9-6-1-1 Big Ten) split its final home series against Ohio State (9-17-2, 4-8-2 Big Ten).

During Friday night's 6-1 takedown of the Buckeyes, McAdam made 33 saves on the way to improving his record to 11-4-1 this season.

McAdam was a stable force in net during all 60 minutes of play, making several big saves that could have otherwise brought the Buckeyes within several goals of the lead.

"I thought that was a really big part of the game," head coach Guy Gadowsky said of McAdam's performance. "It's often that timely goaltending is really important, and I really thought that we came out really well but then [Ohio State] actually took it to us and Eamon was awesome and made huge saves."

Gadowsky pointed out that often when a team puts up six goals in one game the goaltender isn't thought of as being the reason a team wins. Instead, fans usually look toward the offensive performance of the night. However, Gadowsky credited McAdam with being an integral part of the Nittany Lions' win on Friday.

Gadowsky also pointed out that due to injuries, several players had to step out of their comfort zone and play more ice time than usual, or even a different position. Gadowsky noted having freshman forward Matt Mendelson playing at center, which he's not used to, really helped the Nittany Lions be able to put four full lines out on the ice.

During Saturday's contest, Ohio State got on the board with three quick goals in the first period. However, the Nittany Lions started to mount a comeback attempt as the clock was winding down in the first period as freshman forward Chase Berger found the back of the net.

Following in the second period, the Nittany Lions tied it up thanks to goals from freshman forward Andrew Sturtz and junior forward David Goodwin.

Freshman defenseman Kevin Kerr gave the Nittany Lions the only lead of the night when he got a pass from Goodwin and went top-shelf on Ohio State's goaltender Matt Tomkins to start the third period. However, the lead was short-lived and the Buckeyes scored four unanswered goals, including an empty netter to win 7-4.

In Friday night's performance, Kerr had five shots on net and ended the night with a plus-3 rating. Gadowsky praised Kerr's performance, and noted how Kerr is often overlooked but has become an integral part of the Nittany Lions' defense.

"I think it's pretty amazing when you lose 7-4 and in our eyes the best player on the ice pretty clearly was Kevin Kerr," said Gadowsky. "Right from the very first shift, the breakout in the zone to the end, he's been great."

Lastly, Gadowsky praised the support the team has had at home this whole campaign. Notably, with THON happening across the street at the Bryce Jordan Center, to still have two sold out games and a packed Roar Zone both nights is something that Gadowsky certainly recognizes as a vital support system to have.

"That was very surprising, a phenomenal atmosphere," said Gadowsky of all the students who showed up on such a busy weekend. "The students, when you talk about the seniors and what they'll remember, the seniors they're going to remember [the Roar Zone]. They've been so motivating, and they've been a huge part of all the success we've had."

VIDEO: THON 2016 Pep Rally - Men's Hockey

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Men's Hockey Live Blog - Penn State vs. Ohio State (2/20/16)

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Welcome to live coverage from the 2015-16 Nittany Lion men's hockey season. No. 15 Penn State closes out the home portion of its schedule with a matchup against Ohio State.

Live Blog Men's Hockey Live Blog - Penn State vs. Ohio State (2/20/15)


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