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By Julie Bacanskas, GoPSUsports.com
Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Saturday night, 15,027 fans piled into Madison
Square Garden. Some donned blue, while others dressed in red.
This crowd, however, was not in attendance to support the usual home team New
York Rangers. Instead, it settled in to watch the Penn State men's ice hockey
team take on Cornell in the Frozen Apple.
thought it was great for Penn State," head coach Guy Gadowsky said of game. "We
have 100,000 at Beaver Stadium at 3:30, and then we had thousands at Madison
Square Garden at 8:00. I think it's a tribute to Penn State and how well they
support our sports teams. It was a great environment, a tremendous arena and a
Despite a solid performance, Cornell defeated the Lions, 3-1, after an
empty-net goal sealed their fate in the final minutes of play.
Penn State (7-4-2) maintained the advantage in shots throughout the game,
outshooting Cornell (4-4-1), 38-25. The opportunities were present, but a
stellar performance by goalie Mitch Gillam took away the Lions' chance at
actually thought we had a pretty good performance," said Gadowsky. "We came out
well right from the start, had some good opportunities and were able to sneak
one by their goaltender. They are a very tough team to play against. You have
to work very hard to create opportunities. I thought we did. I thought we moved
the puck very well from our back end. I thought we didn't give much at all.
"We gave up five shots in the first. In the second, I don't think we had our
best period, but I thought we played tough. In the third, we probably created
our most offensive chances. In the end we turned the puck over high and worked
hard to get back, but one of our defenders caught an edge and fell. That was
enough for them to take advantage of it, but all in all pretty good
The Lion's lone goal came from sophomore forward David Goodwin at 9:11 in the
first period. The goal marked his fifth of the year, and once again highlighted
the dominance of his line, which also features senior Taylor Holstrom and
junior Casey Bailey.
"Taylor Holstrom had the puck and he skated it into the zone," Goodwin said.
"He skated wide, and Casey Bailey and I drove the net. Taylor passed it out
front, and really either Casey or I could have put it in, but it just happened
to hit my stick. Thankfully I was able to put it in the back of the net."
Holstrom, Bailey and Goodwin all currently lead the Lions in scoring with 18,
16 and 10 points, respectively. This line has been a consistent point of
offense for Penn State and continues to rise to the occasion in all situations.
Additionally, Holstrom's assist Saturday brought him to 14 on the year, which
ties him for first in the nation in that category.
"Everybody knows how very consistent and successful offensively that line has
been," said Gadowsky. "You know other teams are taking notice, and trying to
match against them, and they've still been able to chip away every game. I really
give them a ton of credit. I really do.
"To score consistently at the DI level is an incredible feat in the best of
situations, and right now with us having so many other offensive weapons out,
they're easier to key on and have still been able to produce game in and game
The success of this line can be attributed to the hard work and effort these forwards put
in on a daily basis.
They want to continue helping the team in big ways.
think consistency on the individual level has been really important for us,"
Goodwin explained of his line. "Each of us has been prepared for each game,
knowing the importance of each game. That's been big for us, but also the three
of us have a lot of synergy. We're definitely jelling right now. The more we
play together, the more confident we are and the more we know where each
other's going to be on the ice."
Even with the loss, Gadowsky recognizes the effort put in by not only Holstrom,
Bailey and Goodwin, but by the entire team. The outcome was certainly not what
the team was hoping for, but they played Penn State hockey.
"I thought it was a great experience to compete and play in Madison Square
Garden," Gadowsky said. "I think our guys put together a good effort. I can't
be disappointed with the effort or the way we played."
By Julie Bacanskas, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - As the Penn State men's hockey team takes the
ice Saturday for its game against Cornell, it will once again cross off another
program first, playing at Madison Square Garden, the world's most famous arena.
"We're really excited," said senior captain Patrick Koudys of the
opportunity to play in the Frozen Apple. "First off, it's such a huge venue,
arguably the biggest venue in the world, but it's going to be probably the
biggest venue we've ever played in. To play against a team like Cornell,
they're a great team. It's a good hockey program there, so we're just really
excited to get to NYC and play some hockey."
Following a disappointing end to their series with Michigan, the Lions spent
the week regrouping and getting back to playing their style of hockey.
The team hopes to step into the Frozen Apple looking like the dangerous, skilled
squad that took down then-No. 4 UMass Lowell on the road.
"We have a lot of things to improve on, and it's not new things," head coach
Guy Gadowsky said. "It's refocusing. We focused on a few team aspects that
really allowed us to get better and to play great at UMass Lowell, and those
things are very difficult to do. They take a lot of effort and a lot of
commitment, and if you just relax your focus a little bit, you can be
exploited. For us, it's refocusing our commitment in certain areas of our
Commitment and putting forth a high level of effort day in and day out are key
for the Lions right now as the team battles a number of injuries.
With so many key individuals out of the lineup, the remainder of the team has
had to step up and work toward the continuation of positive results.
"It's hockey," said Gadowsky. "Very seldom do you go into a game 100 percent
after the first few weekends of the season. Any time you lose a Dylan Richard,
a David Glen and an Eric Scheid, and remember we're down Zach Saar as well, at
the forward position it's going to hurt. Right now Connor Varley is out for us
on D, so it's part of it. Part of improving as a program and getting better is
improving your depth, and we have faith in all the people we have on our
The numerous team injuries have forced the Lions to work on filling voids on
the team, giving them more experience and adding a new dimension of depth to
"It obviously sucks that guys are out and guys are injured, but it does give
other guys more opportunities to play in spots that they're maybe not normally
playing in or to get more time in those situations," Koudys explained. "It's
good and it's bad. It's good that guys get to try new thing and play a little
more, but then again we do love those guys who are injured. We want them
healthy. Right now I think we're all just focusing on what we need to do as a
team, and we're looking forward to this weekend."
With Saturday quickly approaching, Penn State (7-3-2, 1-1-0 B1G) will continue
to prepare for the highly defensive Cornell (3-4-1, 3-3-0 ECAC) team. This
season, the Big Red have given up an average of 1.6 goals per game, which is
significantly lower than the 3.5 goals per game average the Lions have scored.
Cornell is accustomed to playing low-scoring games, which may call for a bit of
an adjustment by Penn State.
"That's really an indication of their team and their team systems and how they
play the game," Gadowsky said of Cornell. "Our staff is very familiar with
Cornell. They're very, very well coached, and they're a very tough team to play
against in the sense that they play a tremendous defensive game. If you're
waiting around for them to give you opportunities, it's going to be a long
night. You really have to make your own opportunities because they don't give
you much at all."
The Frozen Apple between Penn State and Cornell is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.
Saturday in Madison Square Garden.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - 'Tis the season for giving thanks, and the Penn
State Athletics would like to take an opportunity to say thank you to the loyal
fans on Thanksgiving.
As you sit down with family and friends to eat your traditional meal while the
Lions and Cowboys host their annual Thanksgiving day home games, Penn State
Athletics would like to thank you, the fans, for the unrivaled support you give
every team on campus. Penn State's teams
would not be the same without the greatest fans in college sports.
As a token of their appreciation, several student-athletes from teams on campus
would like to say thank you and Happy Thanksgiving for the support you give
them throughout the athletic season.
By Julie Bacanskas, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - With 10 games under their belt, the Nittany Lions
are ready to start the next portion of their season, Big Ten play, against an
opponent they have history with, Michigan.
During the teams' last meeting, the Lions defeated Michigan in double overtime
and advanced to the second round of the Big Ten Tournament. Not only did the
Blue and White take down the Wolverines in that specific game, but they also
emerged victoriously in three of the five matchups last season.
This year the two teams are ready to rekindle that competitive edge, starting
with this weekend's series.
"We don't need any added sense at all," head coach Guy Gadowsky said. "This is
Michigan. This is the most successful program in college hockey history that we
get to compete against, and we do it a Yost Arena, which is a tremendous
environment. It's a very tough environment, and it's something I think our guys
are now starting to look forward to, so we don't need any added incentive to
play the University of Michigan, believe me."
Last season's results are something neither team has forgotten after the
offseason months. Penn State remembers victory, while Michigan remembers the
pain that came along with defeat.
"Anytime that you develop a history with any team, I think that contributes to
it," said Gadowsky. "I know that at media day, some of their reporters already
told me, 'Michigan has you circled,' stuff like that, so I can't comment from
what they're thinking. From our standpoint, we're excited to play all Big Ten
teams. I mean they're all monsters in this game, and a big part of why we come
to Penn State is to compete against the very best. Certainly this weekend is
the epitome of that."
The Lions are coming into these games with momentum on their side. The team is
fresh off its split with UMass Lowell, a series in which forward Casey Bailey
tallied three goals and one assist.
Bailey currently leads the team with eight goals and is only one shy of tying
the nation's leaders in goals scored. Clearly, the junior has entered this
season with big expectations, and thus far, he has been fulfilling them.
"I have to give a lot of credit to my linemates," said Bailey. "Taylor Holstrom
is playing incredibly, and David Goodwin has been great. I'm just having a lot
of fun playing with my linemates. I think as a team, when you create offense,
it really opens up space for other guys. You've got to give a lot credit to
everyone on the team. I don't think it's anything personally that I'm doing
special. I just think the team's playing well. I'm a shooter and when I get
those chances, it's nice when the puck goes in."
Bailey's 54 shots on the season are a team high, and his 12 points having him
trailing only Holstrom.
"With Casey, I think his physical strength and conditioning is at a much higher
level than it's ever been, I think in his life," Gadowsky said of the junior. "He
started this season playing to play good hockey, not playing to score goals.
"He loves scoring goals, and that's part of what makes him a good hockey
player. He loves scoring goals in games. He loves scoring goals in practice. He
loves scoring goals in street hockey. He just loves scoring goals, but I don't
think that's what he's concentrating on. I think he's concentrating on playing
With multiple forwards, including Bailey, producing game in and game out, the
Lions have an added sense of confidence right now.
The team knows what to expect of Michigan, and the trip could not have come at
a better point in the season for Penn State.
"We've played them [Michigan]," Gadowsky said. "We know there are certain
things they're going to do that are different from UMass Lowell, but the bulk
of this is certainly our preparation and how we play. Really for our program,
it's always going to be like that. We really try to just get as good as we
possibly can at our game."
The Lions and Wolverines will open their series 7:30 p.m. Friday at Yost
By Julie Bacanskas, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - With the loss of Friday's game still fresh in
their minds, the Nittany Lions took the ice on Saturday for a rematch with No.
4 UMass Lowell determined to make changes and play a stronger brand of hockey.
As time in the third period expired, the Lions successfully accomplished what
many believed to be an impossible task for the young program. They dominated
against and beat a top-five team on the road, taking down the River Hawks, 4-1,
to complete a weekend split.
"I'm really proud of the way they did it because it shows that they certainly
can focus and commit to playing a much better hockey game and give more of
themselves," said head coach Guy Gadowsky. "I think that's exactly what
happened. I think every single guy really worked extremely hard throughout the
whole game, and when everybody does that you give yourself a chance."
Following Friday's 5-3 loss, Gadowsky decided to make a few changes in an
attempt to give his team some life. One of those decisions was giving sophomore
goalie Eamon McAdam the nod for the first time this season.
McAdam's play on Saturday was a defining point of the game, and his 24 saves
against the top-scoring team in the NCAA allowed the Lions to stay competitive
against the River Hawks.
"First of all, I think Eamon has really made some commitments to himself and
how he was going to approach this year," Gadowsky said. "Both in his own work
ethic and throughout the start of the year the way he's approached practices
and the team has been excellent. We do a lot of evaluations and statistical
evaluations at practice as well, and he really has been excellent. He's
absolutely deserved to get the chance if we needed him to come in."
"Friday night we weren't playing very well, and we certainly were giving up
some huge opportunities. By no means is this a knock on [Matthew] Skoff, but we
happened to give up a lot of Grade A opportunities and four of them went in.
The timing seemed right to have Eamon go in, and he actually faced a lot of
very difficult shots and played extremely well. Starting him on Saturday was
really a no-brainer."
While the win was momentous for the Lions, it also marked a special occasion in
McAdam's collegiate career. With the performance, he earned his first win as a
"It was a pretty big relief and a monkey off the back kind of feeling," said
McAdam. "It's always good to get your first win. Last year, I was close a bunch
of times, but I couldn't pull together a win. Like I said, it was a big relief.
My parents were there, which is cool because I got to enjoy that with them."
Through the first 10 games this season, both McAdam and Skoff have combined for
a .924 save percentage and an average of 2.16 goals allowed per game.
Both goalies are playing consistently for Penn State, giving the team its best
chance night in and night out.
"I think it's big to have two great goalies," said junior Casey Bailey, who had
two goals in Saturday's victory. "Skoff has been playing amazing for us, and we
kind of left him out to dry Friday. Coach gave Eamon a chance on Saturday, and
it shows a lot. He played really well Saturday and at the end of Friday's game,
and I think to have two goalies playing this well is definitely good for the
Despite the positive outcome this weekend, Gadowsky is far more satisfied with
the way his team played and the effort he saw. In his mind the win itself is not
the key to believing in the team and its abilities.
"I think where we're going to gain our confidence is the fact that we played a
very good hockey game," Gadowsky said. "Win or lose, I think that because
they're such a well-coached team UMass is so consistent in their habits and so
difficult to play against that we sort of proved that we can perform at a high
level against a very, very difficult team."
The Lions now have a 6-2-2 record on the season, which stands as a testament to
their growth as a program. With this historic win under their belts, the
remainder of the year looks very bright for Penn State.
"Compared to last year, we are leaps and bounds ahead of where we were," McAdam
said. "I think as a team, and also you can just look at it on paper, you can
see the steps we've taken have really started to turn into results. I think
that's sparking a ton of confidence with the whole team. It's only going to
make us want to work harder and try even harder for bigger and better things."
By Julie Bacanskas, GoPSUsports.com
Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Fresh off a week of rest, the Nittany Lions are
ready to face their first big test of the season, taking on a ranked opponent.
The Blue and White will travel to Massachusetts this weekend for a series
against No. 4 UMass Lowell. While the games will serve as a challenge, the
Lions are prepared and excited to see what will come of playing such a skilled
"They are the only team in the NCAA scoring more than four goals per game,"
said head coach Guy Gadowsky of the River Hawks. "They're ranked fourth in the
nation. It is a great test. I didn't know this until it was pointed out, but
their two top scorers are defenseman so it's not like you can really key on a
line or anything like that. It is going to be an excellent test for us.
"Right now, we're just trying to get back into the grove. A week off can be a
good thing in terms of bumps and bruises, but a really bad thing in terms of
timing. We're just trying to get a little bit of compete back in us."
The Lions worked to restore their health during the short break. With a number
of student-athletes both under the weather and out due to injury, a week off
could not have come at a better time for the team.
Many, including forward Curtis Loik, believe the extra rest will be highly
beneficial and lead to positive results this weekend.
"It's going to be huge," said Loik of the time off. "You know, a couple guys
feeling under the weather and not feeling as hot as they want, it's a good week
for us to recover and get back to our habits and work on the little stuff that
we didn't do so well against Bentley and Holy Cross. We've had a good week of
practice, and we're going to come into UMass prepared and ready to go."
Although in many ways, this series will serve as a benchmark for Penn State,
Gadowsky will not be placing any additional weight on the outcome.
His focus remains on the completion of team objectives, which is how he will
continue to measure the program's success.
"Our goal is to improve every week, no matter who we're playing," said
Gadowsky. "I think a lot of people are looking at it that way. I don't think we
are as a coaching staff. We're trying to improve this week as much as we can
regardless. I think we recognize that people around the nation are saying,
'They had a great start, but they haven't played a top team.' Well this is a
top team, so I think eyes are going to be on it."
During the last meeting between the two programs, UMass Lowell swept the Lions at
Pegula Ice Arena, winning the first game, 4-0, and the second game, 3-2.
Despite last year's outcomes, Gadowsky knows the Lions have matured. At this
point, there are no parallels to be found between last year's team and this
"I think we're a much better team than when we played them last year, and I
think it's probably around similar time," Gadowsky said. "I think we're a much
different team now than we were then, so we're not really drawing on to see the
Even with the team's growth, Loik and the Lions know they will need to bring
their A game to compete with the River Hawks.
"Obviously, just sticking to our objectives and what coach says, like
benchmarks of getting pucks low and backchecking," Loik said as he describe the
keys to having a successful weekend. "Those are some of the things we have to
stick with and not let fall apart. If we fall apart from that or fall behind,
that's when we're going to start losing games. We just have to stick to our
objectives, and I think we'll be fine."
Traveling to Massachusetts with a four-game winning streak, the Lions hope to
use their newfound confidence to their advantage.
They are not intimidated by the River Hawks. Instead, they are more than ready
"We got some momentum from those four games," said Loik of the winning streak.
"We gained a lot of confidence. Every line is producing. All the D are playing
well. [Matthew] Skoff is playing unbelievable. I think if we keep that rolling
we're going to be one heck of a team to deal with."
By Julie Bacanskas, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Eight games. Eleven goals. Fifteen assists. Seventy-nine
The line of David Goodwin, Taylor Holstrom and Casey Bailey has been dynamic
for the Nittany Lions. The trio, who are all atop the team's scoring leaders,
accounts for over 30 percent of Penn State's offense.
The line clearly has synergy.
"All three of them are working extremely hard," said head coach Guy Gadowsky. "I
really think that's the difference. All three of them have shown high levels of
skill, and they all have a high hockey IQ."
Success is nothing new for Goodwin, Holstrom and Bailey.
Last season, the forwards were ranked second, third and sixth on the team in
scoring, respectively. Goodwin led the Lions in assists, while Bailey's nine
goals were second to only Eric Scheid's 11 tallies.
Combining all this talent has generated positive results this season.
"I just think it's the chemistry," said Bailey of the early season success. "I
think like I talked about earlier, me and Holstrom played together all freshman
year. He kind of knows that I'm always looking to shoot. I think Goodwin knows
that too, and I think it's the chemistry on our line. He [Holstrom] played with
Goodwin last year. Things are clicking right now."
A key factor for not only this line, but also the entire team, has been shots
Penn State is currently outshooting its opponents, 345-236. With 109 extra
shots, the Blue and White are bound to have offensive success.
"I just think it's the way we're driving the net," Bailey said. "When we drive
through the middle it opens up a lot of area for us to get those shots off. It
makes it a lot easier, and I think we have a mentality that everybody's going
to do that. It's making everybody drive to the net, and I definitely think our
team is doing a lot better getting shots to the net this season so far."
These shots are greatly benefiting the Lions, who are also outscoring their
"We're working hard," said Holstrom. "We're getting pucks deep. We're doing
little things. We're getting some bounces here and there, but I think it just
comes down to getting pucks on net and going to the net."
Holstrom's 11 points have him tied for eighth in the country in scoring, and he
is also tied for seventh in assists with eight on the season thus far; however,
he credits his personal success to his line.
Right now, their chemistry seems to be unstoppable, and all three are playing
some of their best hockey.
"My linemates are playing well," Holstrom said. "They're putting pucks into the
net. Our team is working really hard, and the score sheet's working well for
me. There are other guys helping me out, and I can't do it alone."
Moving forward, Gadowsky knows this line is one he can count on. All three
forwards show dedication to the Penn State program day in and day out.
That dedication is directly related to their success.
"I think if you look to a man right now, I think Taylor Holstrom has been our
best backchecker, probably Casey Bailey has been best at getting the puck out
and David Goodwin's been working extremely hard," Gadowsky said. "I think for
them, their key is work ethic for sure."
Eight games. Eleven goals. Fifteen assists. Seventy-nine shots.
If these numbers are any indication of what is to come for the Goodwin,
Holstrom, Bailey line, the remainder of this season looks very bright.
By Julie Bacanskas, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - One weekend. Two comebacks. Two victories.
With minutes left in Friday's game against Bentley, fans at Pegula Ice Arena
watched intently as their team tried to bring the score to a tie.
The Lions, who were trailing, 2-1, fired off shot after shot in that third
period, desperately trying to avoid their first loss on home ice this season.
In a matter of seconds, the Lions completely turned their fate. Two late goals
helped the team edge out the Falcons, 3-2, for the second consecutive night.
"I really give the guys a lot of credit because for the third period, when
things weren't going well in the third period they really buckled down," said
head coach Guy Gadowsky. "I think our shots were 22-7 in the third, and we
looked a lot more like the Penn State hockey team that we expect. That was a
really, really big win."
With a little over four minutes remaining, the Lions found themselves on the
power play, which proved to be the catalyst for the team.
A power play goal by Taylor Holstrom, followed by a second even-strength tally
by Eric Scheid, propelled the team to victory.
"We got a chance on the power play, and we were looking to shoot," explained
Holstrom. "Jense [Nate Jensen] faked everyone out and made a play to Rocket
[Dylan Richard]. Rocket threw a pass in the middle, and I just shot as hard as
I could. I don't know where it went actually, but we were just trying to get
shots, and it went in."
Taylor Holstrom, who leads the Lions in points with 11, is also currently tied
for third in scoring and first in assists in the nation. His goal changed the
dynamic of the game, setting up the perfect storm for the second comeback-win
in team history.
Merely 16 seconds after Holstrom's equalizer, Scheid found the puck on his
stick and took a chance. He used his Penn State hockey mentality, and threw the
puck at the net, hoping for a positive result.
Positive was an understatement.
Scheid's shot hit the crossbar, bounced over the shoulder of Bentley's
goaltender and into the back of the net.
"It feels really good to be on the other side of one of these games," said
Scheid. "We've been part of a lot of games where we've kind of given up leads
in the third, and the third's really haunting us lately. To be able to come
back both nights and get a win, it feels pretty good. We're all pretty
The back-to-back third period comebacks highlight an increase in confidence for
the Lions, which they have struggled with in past games.
They are also signs of increased mental toughness in the team.
"We've asked the team to identify that we had some mental toughness issues
when we were up in the third, and this weekend we had two opportunities going
in down in the third," said Gadowsky. "I think they came through with flying
colors. This was our largest deficit of the year, and we were able to overcome
that and win in pretty dramatic fashion.
"It is a big, big win. I mean I give the guys a lot of credit, mostly for being
able to play a good, solid Penn State hockey when it mattered most, and then
obviously to win it is impressive as well."
Goaltender Matthew Skoff faced 61 Bentley shots
during the series, significantly less than the 103 his teammates fired off, but
his performance was yet again key for the Lions. He made kick saves, glove
saves and stick saves when needed but remained patient when the action in his
The junior's composure led the Blue and White to
two Halloween weekend victories, and the team's second sweep at Pegula Ice
"I thought it was a really, really tough game
for him," said head coach Guy Gadowsky of Skoff's Thursday performance. "I
really did. Getting 26 shots and letting in two, no one's going to say, 'Boy he
stole the show.' But I'll tell you what, that was a tough game to play because
he didn't get a ton of work, but he had to face a lot of different looks on the
power play and then a lot of really quality chances."
The Falcons' two Thursday goals came on the
power play, which is one of their team's biggest strengths.
The story was much the same the following evening as Bentley tallied both their
Friday goals on the man-advantage as well.
In multiple instances, Skoff bailed out the Lions with incredible saves,
keeping them in the game. His play speaks for itself, as he proves time and
time again his importance to this team.
"He's on," said Gadowsky. "These are very
important games for us. He deserves it [the starting position] through what
he's done this year and last year and how he is as a teammate, his work ethic.
He deserves it."
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