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The seventh ranked Nittany Lions begin their 2016-17 conference slate as they welcome No. 20 Michigan to Pegula Ice Arena this weekend
Freshman Denis Smirnov has been named the First Star of the Week by the Big Ten Conference after leading all players with five points and four goals over the weekend.
Freshman Denis Smirnov becomes the fourth Nittany Lion in program history to score three goals in a single game.
The 19th-ranked Nittany Lions open up a 10-game home stretch to conclude the fall semester as they welcome Canisius College to town on Friday night
Senior David Goodwin will don the 'C' while classmate Ricky DeRosa and junior James Robinson will serve as alternate captains in 2016-17
Men's Ice Hockey vs. RIT 10/25/13
2015-16 SENIOR CLASS AWARD WINNER
2013-14 & 2014-15 ALTERNATE CAPTAIN
AS A SENIOR IN 2015-16
Served as team captain ... Named Senior CLASS Award on April 8, 2016, becoming first Nittany Lion men's hockey player to earn the award ... Posted a career-high 17 assists, which was second best on the team ... Finished season with six goals and 23 points along with a plus-4 rating ... Scored two power-play goals and a short-handed tally ... Finished second on the team in faceoff percentage (.531) and second in power-play points (10) ... Posted four multi-point games ... Opened the season with a two-goal effort at Canisius (Oct. 10) ... Tallied a career-high three assists in an 8-2 win over Sacred Heart (Nov. 13) ... Scored in back-to-back wins over Michigan State (Dec. 5) and Princeton (Dec. 11), with the goal vs. Princeton proving to be a short-handed, game-winning tally ... Scored a power-play goal at Minnesota (Feb. 6) ... Named a Senior Class Award Finalist (Feb. 17) ... Registered a two-point game in a 6-1 win over Ohio State (Feb. 19) on a goal and an assist ... Posted a career-long five-game point streak (Feb. 19-March 11) ... Named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team.
AS A JUNIOR IN 2014-15
Appeared in 27 games, missing nine due to injury ... Tallied 12 points on four goals and eight assists, firing 66 shots and posting a minus-two rating ... Scored first goal of the season in a 7-1 victory over Connecticut (Oct. 11) ... Notched second goal of the year in another 7-1 win, this time over Holy Cross (Oct. 24) ... Returned from month-long absence and gathered first of two multi-point games at Wisconsin (Dec. 5) with a goal and an assist, finishing the weekend with three points in the series sweep, earning Big Ten Third Star of the Week (Dec. 9) ...Tallied second multi-point game of the season with a goal and assist in a 5-4 comeback victory over Northern Michigan (Jan. 23) ... Posted four assists in four separate games down the stretch to eclipse the 10-point plateau ... Named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team.
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2013-14
Assistant captain ... Named a Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award recipient ... Appeared in 32 games and collected three goals and six assists ... One of five Nittany Lions to record a shorthanded marker ... Led the team with a plus-3 rating and tied for the team lead and was fourth in the Big Ten in faceoff winning percentage (.569) ... Scored in Penn State's first win at Pegula Ice Arena against Army Oct. 11 ... Missed three games (Jan. 25-Feb. 1) to undergo a bone marrow donation procedure ... Netted a goal in Penn State's first Big Ten victory against Michigan Feb. 8 ... Named Academic All-Big Ten.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2012-13
One of four Nittany Lions to appear in all 27 games ... Led the team in goals (16), plus/minus (plus-9), shots (117) and faceoff percentage (.584) ... Ranked second in points (25) and fourth in assists (9) ... Added two power-play and two game-winning goals ... Recorded the program's first hat trick against Alabama Huntsville Feb. 8 ... Notched two three-point games and five two-point games ... Recorded at least one point in 16 games ... Team held a 10-6-0 record when recording a point ... Collected the first game-winning goal, multi-goal goal, multi-point game and overtime goal in program history in a 4-3 overtime victory against AIC Oct. 13 ... Recorded a season-high four-game point-scoring streak Oct. 20-Nov. 3 (3g, 4a) ... Scored Penn State's lone goal against Union Nov. 25 ... Added two points (1g, 2a) against Holy Cross Dec. 7 ... Recorded two assists against Fredonia Dec. 11 ... Collected an assist against Robert Morris Dec. 28 ... Scored against UConn Jan. 4 ... Netted a goal in three straight games Jan. 15-25 ... Collected two points (1g, 1a) against Alabama Huntsville Feb. 9.
BEFORE PENN STATE
Member of the Spruce Grove Saints of the Alberta Junior Hockey League for four seasons (2009-12) ... In 2011-12, appeared in 60 regular-season games and ranked second on the team with 50 points (21g, 29a) ... Served as team captain ... Added 14 points (7g, 7a) in 11 playoff games... Totaled 38 goals and 40 assists in 96 regular-season games during first three seasons ... Helped lead Spruce Grove to the 2010 and 2011 AJHL titles ... Served as assistant captain during the 2010-11 season ... Also played for the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers.
Son of John Glen and Donna Sarin ... Born Feb. 14, 1991.