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Sophomore Denis Smirnov was named the Big Ten Second Star of the Week and the NCAA First Star of The Week
With the nation's third longest active unbeaten streak, Penn State has climbed to No. 15 in the latest USCHO.com national poll
Peyton Jones secures his 32nd career victory to tie the Penn State all-time record
The 18th-ranked Nittany Lions travel to PPG Paints Arena for a Friday contest against Bobby Mo before returning to Pegula on Saturday to close out the first semester of play
Junior Andrew Sturtz secured his first weekly accolade this season after scoring the game-tying goal Friday night and game-winning goal Saturday during a 5-point weekend for Penn State
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2017-18
Registered first goal of the season at Clarkson (Oct. 6) ... notched a goal and collected two assists for a career-high of three points in a 7-5 victory over AIC (Oct. 19) ... tallied an assist in each game of the weekend split against Mercyhurst (Nov. 3-4) ... registered three points with one goal and two assists in game one and a pair of points with one goal and an assist in game two of a weekend sweep at Arizona State (Nov. 17-18) ... tallied an assist in a 7-2 victory over Michigan State (Nov. 24) ... added an assist in a 5-5 tie at No. 11 Ohio State (Dec. 1) ... recorded a pair of points with one goal and an assist in a 4-0 victory at No. 11 Ohio State (Dec. 2) ...
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2016-17
Skated in all 39 games scoring six goals and adding 14 assists for 20 points ... collected his first collegiate point with an assist on opening night during a 4-2 victory over No. 16 St. Lawrence (Oct. 6) ... added another assist the following night during a 6-3 setback to the Saints (Oct. 7) ... scored his first collegiate goal during a 4-1 victory over Canisius (Oct. 28) ... registered an assist in the 5-1 win over Niagara (Nov. 4) ... recorded the first goal in a 3-1 victory over Alaska Anchorage (Nov. 12) ... registered the final goal in the 5-1 victory over No. 20 Michigan (Dec. 2) ... Recorded one assist in a 6-3 loss versus Ohio State (Jan. 21) ... Collected one assist in a 5-4 loss against Princeton (Jan. 28) ... Registered one goal and one assist in a 6-3 victory against Wisconsin (Feb. 10) ... assisted on a goal during a 4-1 victory at Michigan State (Feb. 25) ... tallied assists in back-to-back games against No. 16 Wisconsin (Mar. 4) and Michigan (Mar. 10) ... assisted on a goal against Michigan in the first-round of the Big Ten Tournament (Mar. 16) ... assisted on both goals including the double-overtime winner against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship (Mar. 18) ... scored Penn State's first-ever NCAA Tournament goal and added an assist in a 10-3 victory over No. 7 Union (Mar. 25).
BEFORE PENN STATE
Played the last two seasons with the Spruce Grove Saints of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) registering 111 points on 53 goals and 58 assists in 97 games played ... led the team to an AJHL Championship during the 2014-15 season … was named the team and AJHL Rookie of the Year in 2014-15 … led the team to an AJHL North Division Championship during the 2015-16 campaign … was named the Team Playoff MVP … participated in the 2016 Edmonton Oilers NHL Prospects Camp.
Born March 11, 1998 in Sherwood Park, Alberta to Dawn and Rob Biro … has a younger brother Jordan … Both his mother Dawn and father Rob played collegiate soccer in Alberta with his father moving on to play professionally for one year … intends to major in Business.
BIRO ON PENN STATE
“There were a number of factors for why I chose Penn State, but perhaps the biggest was coach Gadowsky. I spoke to several people who either coached with him or previously played for him and all spoke of his character and ability to teach and develop. Another big factor was the facilities; they are without a doubt second to none. Penn offers everything an athlete could ever need or want to develop both on and off the ice. I am extremely excited to start my first season as a Nittany Lion and can hardly wait for the first game.”
GADOWSKY ON BIRO
“Brandon had an extremely successful junior career at a young age. He has elite hockey IQ, and has very quick feet. The fans at Pegula will really enjoy watching his creativity and vision on the ice.”