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Nittany Lions rally for 1-1 tie, leave Alaska unbeaten; Juha scores seventh career PPG, PSU unbeaten in four straight road games for first time in D-I era
Penn State (6-2-2) travels to the Last Frontier for the second straight season when it takes on Alaska Anchorage (6-3-1) on Friday and Saturday night
Birthday Berger bags two goals, Olczyk nets game-winner; Skoff makes 43 saves
Penn State (4-2-2) welcomes Sacred Heart (5-3-1) for a two-game series on Friday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (4 p.m.) at Pegula Ice Arena
Richard’s late third-period tally forces OT, Nittany Lions settle for tie
Saw time in 18 games with 17 starts, playing 962 minutes … Led the team in games, starts, game time and GAA (2.81) with a 7-6-2 record … Started the first nine games of the season … Posted a .932 and 1.97 GAA through the season’s first eight games … Made 30 or more saves twice … Opened the season 1-0-1 allowing just three goals and saving 54 shots vs. UConn (Oct. 10-11), earning Big Ten Third Star of the Week (Oct. 14) … Was named to the Brice Goal Rush All-Tournament Team (Oct. 18) for making 52 saves over two games … Made 29 saves in a 3-1 win over Holy Cross (Oct. 24) before saving 28 shots in a 7-1 win two days later vs. HC (Oct. 26) … Earned Big Ten Third Star of the Week (Oct. 28) … Earned a pair of 3-2 wins over Bentley (Oct. 30-31), saving 24 and 33 shots, respectively, to improve to 5-1-2 … Made 23 saves in a 4-2 win at Wisconsin (Dec. 6) … Backstopped a 5-2 victory over Michigan State (Jan. 17) by making 28 saves … Posted a season-high 39 stops at Ohio State (Feb. 28) … Named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team.
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2013-14
Appeared in 23 games and accumulated an 8-13-2 record ... Named team's Most Valuable Player ... Totaled a 2.96 goals-against average and .906 save percentage ... Was the goaltender of record in each Penn State victory ... Named Big Ten Second Star of the Week Feb. 11 after leading Penn State to its first Big Ten victory in a 4-0 triumph against Michigan Feb. 8 ... Stopped 32 shots in a 5-4 overtime victory against the Wolverines Feb. 21 ... Made 27 saves in a 4-2 win against Ohio State March 15 ... Compiled a career-high 52 saves in a 2-1 double-overtime victory against Michigan in the Big Ten quarterfinals March 20 ... Named Academic All-Big Ten ... Attended the Philadelphia Flyers Development Camp prior to the season.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2012-13
Compiled a 9-8-0 record with a 2.48 goals-against average and .921 save percentage ... Earned two shutouts ... Started the first game in program history against American International Oct. 12 ... Garnered his first victory with a 23-save performance against Buffalo State Nov. 3 ... Made 31 saves in a 5-1 against Air Force Nov. 10 ... Recorded 40 and 42 saves in back-to-back games against Union Nov. 24-25, respectively ... Earned first whitewash with 18 saves in a 4-0 victory against Fredonia State Dec. 11 ... Ended the season with a 6-2-0 mark in last eight games ... Corralled 36 shots in a 5-4 victory against Ohio State Dec. 29 ... Stopped 34 and 31 shots in wins against Vermont (Jan. 19) and Michigan State (Jan. 26), respectively ... Matched career high with 42 saves in a 3-2 overtime victory against No. 16 Wisconsin Feb. 25.
BEFORE PENN STATE
Member of the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League for three seasons (2009-12) ... In 2011-12, compiled a 25-22-1 record ... Ranked second in the league in shutouts (6) and was sixth in save percentage (.912) and goals-against average (2.72) ... Recorded six shutouts for the second straight year to tie a club record ... Compiled a 0-2 record in two playoff games... Posted a 44-33-14 record during his first two seasons ... Named team Rookie of the Year in 2009-10, led the league in minutes played (2,852) and tied for first in games played (50) ... Also played for the Pittsburgh Hornets.
Son of Joseph and Kathleen Skoff ... Has two brothers, Michael and Mason ... Born July 23, 1991.
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