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Denis Smirnov collected a pair of assists to extend his point-streak to five games, but the Nittany Lions dropped a tough overtime decision to AIC
Penn State used seven different goal scorers and multi-point efforts from five players to secure a 7-5 victory against AIC during its home opener
The 11th-ranked Nittany Lions begin the first of three straight home series as the welcome the American International College Yellow Jackets for a Thursday-Friday series
The seventh-ranked Gophers avoided being swept at home in a Big Ten series for the first time by defeating No. 11 Penn State, 6-3, at Mariucci
Penn State improves to 4-1 all-time in Big Ten Conference openers
The Nittany Lion men's hockey team used four second-period goals to get past Michigan State, 4-2, in the Big Ten Opener.
Nittany Lions Open Season with 6-1 Win at Canisius // Photos by Tom Wolf Imaging
Skated in 37 games leading the team in goals for the second consecutive year with 22 to tie the Penn State single-season record ... added 15 assists for 37 points to rank third on the team ... scored the game-winning goal, a shorthanded goal, during a 4-2 opening night victory over No. 16 St. Lawrence (Oct. 6) ... collected a goal and an assist the following night during a 6-3 setback to the Saints (Oct. 7) ... scored a goal in a 7-0 victory at Mercyhurst (Oct. 14) ... scored the game-winning goal in overtime during a 3-2 victory at No. 3 Notre Dame (Oct. 22), that goal earned the fifth spot in the NCAA Ice Hockey Top Plays of the Week ... registered a short-handed tally during a 4-2 victory over Canisius (Oct. 29) ... had one goal in game one and two goals in game two in a weekend sweep over Niagara (Nov. 3-4) ... recorded two goals and one assist in a 7-4 win over Arizona State (Nov. 18) ... had two goals in game one and recorded a goal in game two of the weekend sweep over No. 20 Michigan (Dec. 1-2) ... tallied a goal in game one and collected an assist in game two of a weekend sweep against Michigan state (Jan. 13-14) ... scored a goal during a 6-3 setback from No. 11 Ohio State (Jan. 21) ... recorded two goals in a 5-4 defeat against Princeton (Jan. 28) ... had an assist in game one and tallied two assists during game two in a pair of losses against No. 7 Minnesota (Feb. 3-4) ... recorded a goal during the 6-3 setback from No. 5 Minnesota (Feb. 17) ... had a pair of assists in game one and registered a goal in game two of a weekend sweep at Michigan State (Feb. 24-25) ... scored twice and added an assist against Wisconsin (Mar. 3) ... had an assist at Michigan (Mar. 10) ... had a career-high three assists during a 4-3 victory against Minnesota in the Big Ten semifinals (Mar. 17) ... had a goal and two assists in a 10-3 win against Union in the NCAA Tournament (Mar. 25).
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2015-16
Appeared in 37 games and led team in goals (18) and finished third in points (27) ... The 18 goals were fifth-most in the country by a freshman and second most scored by a Nittany Lion in the varsity era ... Tied for team-lead with three short-handed goals ... Posted a team-high five goals to open a game's scoring ... Second on the team in game-winning goals (3) and led the team in unassisted tallies (4) ... Added two power-play goals ... Posted a player-rating of plus-11, third best on the team ... Named team's freshman of the year ... Notched seven multi-point games and three two-goal games ... Had three point streaks of three games or more with a career-best five-gamer (Feb. 19-March 11) ... First collegiate goal was named NCAA's No. 1 Play of the Week against AIC (Oct. 23) as part of a two-goal game ... Added a game-winning tally the next day vs. AIC (Oct. 24) for a three-goal weekend ... Posted three-point night (1g, 2a) in an 8-2 win over Sacred Heart (Nov. 13), with the goal earning NCAA No. 2 Play of the Week (Nov. 17) ... Tallied two-goal game by scoring first career short-handed goal and an even-strength marker in a 5-2 win over Alaska Anchorage (Nov. 20) ... Named Big Ten Second Star of the Week (Nov. 23) ... Notched second three-point game of the season (2g, 1a) in a 4-2 win over Michigan State (Dec. 4) ... Tallied a goal in a 3-2 overtime win over Minnesota (Jan. 8) ... Scored in three-straight games in wins over Wisconsin (Jan. 15-16) and Ohio State (Jan. 22), which included a short-handed tally vs. OSU ... Scored a power-play goal vs. Michigan (Jan. 30) ... Posted two-point game (1g, 1a) in a 6-1 win at Michigan State (Feb. 12) ... Notched a two-assist game with a plus-3 rating in a 6-1 victory over OSU (Feb. 19) ... Matched a school record by scoring in four straight games (Feb. 20-March 11) ... Scored a power-play goal at Wisconsin (March 4) before adding a short-handed goal the next night at UW (March 5).
BEFORE PENN STATE
Prolific scorer for the Carleton Place Canadians of the CCHL, tallying 217 points in 142 games over two seasons ... Named CCHL MVP and CJHL Player of the Year in 2013-14 by leading the league in scorign (104 points) on 51 goals and 53 assists during the regular season ... Led team in scoring in the playoffs, adding 10 goals and nine assists, leading the Canadians to the Fred Page Cup championship ... Averaged 1.71 points per game in 72 contests ... In 2014-15, served as alternate captain, tallying 72 points (30g, 42a) in 58 regular-season games ... Named to CCHL All-Star First Team ... Tallied nine goals, 13 assists in the playoffs, leading Canadians to Fred Page Cup title, earning MVP honors ... Played in the GOJHL for the Buffalo Jr. Blades (2011-12), St. Catherines Falcons (2011-13) and Fort Erie Meteors (2012-13), leading the Falcons to the 2011-12 league title ... Also played for the Buffalo Stars (2009-11).
Born September 21,1994 in Buffalo, N.Y. to James and Jill Sturtz ... Has an older sister, Alyse ... Graduated from Kenmore East in 2012 ... Intends to major in business.
STURTZ ON PENN STATE
"I chose Penn State because of the atmosphere on the campus at all times. I look forward to the four years I get to spend in the Penn State community. I also look forward to playing some games in front of the best student section in college hockey."