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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
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
Penn State dropped it's exhibition contest this afternoon to the University of Ottawa, 4-3, in overtime
Penn State fell to Robert Morris, 4-2, on Monday night at CONSOL Energy Center.
Skated in all 39 games scoring three goals and registering 15 assists for 18 points and a single-season Penn State record plus-33 rating ... assisted on the game winning goal on opening night during a 4-2 victory over No. 16 St. Lawrence (Oct. 6) ... collected an assist during a 7-0 victory at Mercyhurst (Oct. 14) ... registered an assist during a 4-1 victory over Canisius (Oct. 28) ... tallied an assist in both games during a weekend sweep over Niagara (Nov. 3-4) ... recorded an assist in the 7-4 victory over Arizona State (Nov. 18) ... registered a goal in game one and an assist in game two of the weekend sweep of No. 20 Michigan (Dec. 1-2) ... tallied two assists in a 5-2 victory against Michigan State (Jan. 13) ... registered one assist in a 5-2 victory versus Wisconsin (Feb. 11) ... had an assist during a 4-1 victory over Michigan State (Feb. 25) ... had an assist in each game during a weekend split against Wisconsin (Mar. 3-4) ... had a pair of assists during a 4-1 victory over Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament (Mar. 16) ... scored the game-winning goal in double-overtime in the Big Ten Tournament semifinal victory over Minnesota (Mar. 17).
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2015-16
Made 35 appearances and was the fourth-highest scoring defenseman on the team with 16 points on a goal and 15 helpers, which ranked second among team defensemen ... Fifteen assists ranked tied-sixth in the Big Ten for all defensemen and second among sophomore or freshman defensemen ... Blocked 31 shots including a season-high five vs. Ohio State (Feb. 19) ... Notched two multipoint games on a pair of assists in games against Michigan State (Dec. 5) and Minnesota (Jan. 8) ... Started a three-game point streak (Oct. 23-29) with a goal against AIC (Oct. 23) and assists against AIC (Oct. 24) and St. Lawrence (Oct. 29) ... Notched second three-game point streak by tallying single assists in games vs. Michigan (Jan. 28, Jan. 30) and at Michigan State (Feb. 12) ... Team went 9-3-2 when tallying a point (12-10-2 when not) ... Named Academic All-Big Ten.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2014-15
Appeared in 34 of 37 games, tallying 11 points on two goals and nine points ... Blocked 41 shots, which was fifth-best on the team ... Accumulated eight penalty minutes with a minus-four rating ... Voted team's Freshman of the Year ... Made collegiate debut in a 2-2 tie with Connecticut (Oct. 10) ... Earned first collegiate point on an assist in a 7-1 win over Holy Cross (Oct. 26), kicking off a season-high three-game point streak, all on assists ... Scored first career goal, a power-play tally, in a 4-1 victory over Wisconsin (Feb. 7) to clinch team's season sweep of the Badgers ... Tallied second goal of the season in a 4-3 win over Michigan (March 7) to aid a home sweep of the Wolverines.
BEFORE PENN STATE
Helped lead the Espoo Blues Under-20 Team to the 2014 Finnish Jr. A SM-liiga championship ... Served as team assistant captain ... Member of the Espoo Blues' junior teams since 2010-11 ... Three-time assistant captain (2010-11, 2011-12, 2013-14) ... Helped lead teams to league titles in 2011 and 2014 ... Earned runner-up performances in 2012 and 2013 ... Named team's best defenseman in 2010-11 and hardest working player in 2011-12 ... Competed for Finnish National Team at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Under-18 Championship ... Gathered one assist and finished with a team-high plus-six as team earned a bronze medal ... Represented Finland at both the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament (silver) and Under-18 Four Nations Tournament ... Named team's best defenseman at the Four Nations Tournament in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Son of Lotta and Pekka Autio ... Has two brothers, Olli and Oskar ... Brother Oskar plays in the Espoo Blues junior system ... Graduated from Haukilahden lukio in 2014 ... Born July 23, 1995.