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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
Sophomore winger Denis Smirnov was named the Big Ten's Second Star of the Week earning the fifth weekly accolade of his career
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
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2016-17
Led the entire nation in freshman scoring with 47 points setting a Penn State single-season record for points and assists with 28 ... registered a Penn State single-season freshman record for goals with 19 as well as assists and points ... named an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention and a member of the All-Freshman team ... had a career-best and program-best 10-game point streak to open his career (Oct. 6 - Nov. 11) ... led the team with 13 multi-point games and had a plus-24 rating ... collected an assist in each game during an opening weekend split against No. 16 St. Lawrence (Oct. 6-7) ... scored his first collegiate goal during a 7-0 victory over Mercyhurst (Oct. 14) ... collected a pair of assists during a 3-3 overtime draw at No. 3 Notre Dame (Oct. 21) ... assisted on the game-winning score in overtime during a 3-2 victory at No. 3 Notre Dame (Oct. 22) ... scored a goal and registered an assist on the game winning goal during a 4-1 victory over Canisius (Oct. 28) ... scored the game winning goal during a 4-2 victory over Canisius (Oct. 29) ... scored two goals and an assist in game one and had three assists in game two during a weekend sweep over Niagara (Nov. 3-4) ... tallied two assists in a 6-3 win over Alaska Anchorage (Nov. 11) ... had 4th hat trick in program history in 7-4 win over Arizona State (Nov. 18) ... recorded one goal and one assist in game two during a weekend sweep over Arizona State (Nov. 18-19) ... named Big Ten 1st Star (Nov. 22) ... tallied three assists in game one and recorded a goal and an assist in game two of the weekend sweep over No. 20 Michigan (Dec. 1-2) ... collected an assist during a 4-2 victory at No. 11 Ohio State to set a new Penn State freshman point record with 28 points (Jan. 7) ... scored a goal in a 5-3 win over Michigan State (Jan. 14) ... tallied a goal during the 6-3 victory against No. 17 Wisconsin (Feb. 10) ... registered a pair of goals and a pair assists the following night in the weekend sweep against Wisconsin (Feb. 11) ... had three assists in game one of a 6-3 setback and two goals including a third period penalty shot in game two of a 4-3 loss against No. 5 Minnesota (Feb. 17-18) ... registered a power-play tally during a 4-1 victory at Michigan State (Feb. 25) ... tallied three assists in a 6-0 victory over Wisconsin (Mar. 3) ... registered an assist during a 4-1 victory over Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament (Mar. 16) ... assisted on the game-winning goal in double-overtime during a 4-3 victory over Minnesota in the Big Ten semifinals (Mar. 17) ... had a goal in each game during the NCAA Tournament (Mar. 25-26).
BEFORE PENN STATE
Drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the sixth round (156th overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft ... played two seasons for the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League scoring 47 goals and adding 54 assists for 101 points in 113 games played … named USHL Forward of the Week three times ... tied the USHL individual goal-scoring record with four goals in a single game ... was a second-team All-USHL selection following the 2015-16 campaign.
Born on August 12, 1997 to Elena and Anatoly Smirnov in Moscow, Russia … has two older sisters Yulia and Kristina .. undecided on a major at this point.