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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
The tenth-ranked Penn State men's ice hockey team makes it's first-ever trip to the North Country, N.Y. to open the 2017-18 season against Clarkson and St. Lawrence
Senior James Robinson named 2017-18 Captain, Erik Autio and Chase Berger to serve as alternates
11 current and four former Penn State men's hockey players will compete in NHL Development Camps this summer
Denis Smirnov garners three team awards to conclude record-setting freshman campaign.
The Nittany Lion men's hockey team used four second-period goals to get past Michigan State, 4-2, in the Big Ten Opener.
Skated in all 39 games scoring 13 goals and adding 23 assists for 36 points ... led the team in faceoff percentage at .578 and was a plus-16 rating ... had the primary assist on the game-winning goal on opening night against No. 16 St. Lawrence (Oct. 6) ... tallied three points with one goal and two assists during a 7-0 victory over Mercyhurst (Oct. 14) ... tallied an assist during a 3-3 tie at No. 3 Notre Dame (Oct. 21) ... scored a goal in each game during the weekend sweep over Canisius (Oct. 28-29) ... recorded 2 goals in a victory 6-3 victory over Alaska-Anchorage (Nov. 11) ... scored the second goal and had an assist in the 8-0 shutout against Arizona State (Nov. 19) ... recorded an assist in the 6-1 victory over No. 20 Michigan (Dec. 1) ... Collected a goal and an assist during a 5-2 victory against Michigan State (Jan. 13) ... tallied two goals in a 5-3 victory against Michign State (Jan. 14) ... Big Ten First Star of the Week (Jan. 17) ... registered one assist in a 3-3 tie versus Ohio State (Jan. 20) ... collected two assists in a 6-3 loss versus Ohio State (Jan. 21) ... Tallied two assists in a 5-4 loss against Princeton (Jan. 28) ... Recorded two assits in a 5-2 loss versus Minnesota (Feb. 4) ...registered one assist in a 6-3 victory against Wisconsin (Feb. 10) ... registered a goal during a 4-2 victory at Michigan State (Feb. 24) ... registered an assist in four straight contests (Feb. 25 - Mar. 10) ... had an assist in the Big Ten Semifinals against Minnesota (Mar. 17) ... scored twice, including the game-winner, while adding one assist in a 10-3 NCAA Tournament victory over Union (Mar. 25) ... collected an assist during a 6-3 setback to No. 1 Denver in the NCAA Midwest Regional Final (Mar. 26).
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2015-16
Appeared in all 38 games, tying for second on the team with 13 goals and ranking fourth on the squad with 26 points ... The 11 goals ranked tied-11th nationally among all NCAA freshmen ... Posted the second-best plus-minus rating on the team at plus-13 ... Notched three power-play goals ... Led team in faceoff percentage (54.2) and faceoff wins (346) ... Collected four multi-point games ... Scored in collegiate debut against Canisius (Oct. 10) ... Scored first power-play goal against Notre Dame (Oct. 17) in a 5-3 win to kick-off a three-game scoring streak ... Matched the program record with a four-point game by scoring two goals and two assists in an 8-3 win over AIC (Oct. 23), while posting a plus-5 rating ... Scored the next day in a 5-3 win over AIC (Oct. 24) ... Named Big Ten Third Star of the Week (Oct. 27) ... Tallied a power-play goal vs. Sacred Heart (Nov. 13) ... Notched second two-goal with a short-handed tally in a 3-2 comeback win over Sacred Heart (Nov. 14) ... Added two assists in a 5-2 win at Alaska Anchorage (Nov. 20) ... Scored in a 4-0 win vs. Vermont (Nov. 29) ... Notched third power-play goal in a 6-3 win over Princeton (Dec. 11) ... Tallied first Big Ten goal against Michigan (Jan. 28) ... Scored the lone goal in a loss at Minnesota (Feb. 5) ... Gathered third two-assist game of the season in a 5-3 win at Minnesota (Feb. 6) ... Notched a goal against Ohio State (Feb. 20) ... Finished the season with four three-game point streaks.
BEFORE PENN STATE
Played the for two seasons in the USHL for the Tri-City Storm, serving as alternate captain in 2014-15 ... Totaled 27 goals and 34 assists in 122 games ... Scored 10 times with 18 assists and 49 penalty minutes in 2014-15, earning a plus-nine rating before adding three goals and an assist it he playoffs ... Featured in 57 games in 2013-14, tallying 14 goals and 15 assists ... Played with Nittany Lion teammate Kevin Kerr in Tri-City ... Played three seasons (2010-2013) for the St. Louis Amateur Blues U18 team ... Played for the St. Louis AAA Blues U16 team in 2009-10.
Born November 14, 1994 in St. Louis, Mo. to Cindy and Dan Berger ... Has four brothers: Jack (who played for Guy Gadowsky at Princeton in 2010-11), Jimmy, Scotty and Christian ... Anticipates a major in business.
BERGER ON PENN STATE
"I chose Penn State because I have heard great things about the coaching staff and was excited about the Big Ten Conference forming. I love the hockey aspect, but the fact that it was so highly regarded academically put me over the edge."