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The No. 2 ranked Penn State men's ice hockey team returns from their 34 day winter break as they travel to No. 11 Ohio State for a pair of contests
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.
Penn State will battle in-state foe Mercyhurst in a single contest on Friday evening as part of the second Snowtown Throwdown
Senior David Goodwin will don the 'C' while classmate Ricky DeRosa and junior James Robinson will serve as alternate captains in 2016-17
Made 38 appearances and registered career highs in goals (11), assists (9), points (20) and game-winning goals (3) … Turned in a pair of three-game point streaks (Oct. 17-24, Feb. 19-March 4) … Scored in both games of a series sweep of AIC (Oct. 23-24), including a short-handed goal … Tallied the game-winning goal in a 3-2 win over Sacred Heart (Nov. 14) … Registered first multi-point game on a hat trick in a 6-3 win over Princeton (Dec. 11), which included a power-play goal and an empty-netter … Named Big Ten Second Star of the Week (Dec. 15) … Posted first two-assist game in a 3-2 win over Minnesota (Jan. 8) … Tallied lone goals vs. Wisconsin (Jan. 15), Michigan (Jan. 28) and the game-winning goal at Wisconsin (March 4) … Notched a two-point game in a Big Ten Quarterfinal win over Wisconsin (March 17) on a goal and an assist … Named Academic All-Big Ten.
AS A SENIOR IN 2014-15
Scored a career-high eight goals, tied for fifth on the team, and two game-winners, good for tied-fourth, in 33 total appearances ... Scored the season's first goal and program's first penalty shot against Connecticut (Oct. 10) ... Scored in back-to-back games at No. 4 UMass Lowell (Nov. 14-15) ...Registering third career short-handed goal, which proved to be the game winner, in 4-2 victory at Wisconsin (Dec. 6) ... Tallied goals against Northern Michigan (Jan. 24) and Wisconsin (Feb. 6) ... Posted a plus-two rating and a goal at Ohio State (Feb. 27) ... Tallied first assist of the year in a 6-4 win over Michigan (March 6) ... Scored the game-winning goal in a 4-3 Senior Day win over Michigan (March 7) to clinch PSU's first sweep of the Wolverines ... Assisted on PSU's lone goal against Ohio State (March 19) in the Big Ten Tournament ... Named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team.
AS A JUNIOR IN 2013-14
Team captain ... Skated in 35 games and totaled career highs in goals (5), assists (5) and points (10) ... Scored first career power-play goal in a 3-2 victory against Robert Morris Dec. 27 ... One of five Nittany Lions to record a shorthanded goal (Oct. 26 vs. Vermont) ... Scored the game-winning goal in a 4-2 victory against Ohio State March 15 ... Assisted on the game-winning tally in a 2-1 triumph against Sacred Heart Nov. 8 ... Collected two three-game point-scoring streaks: Oct. 26-Nov. 8 (2g, 1a) and Dec. 6-27 (2g, 1a) ... Garnered an assist during Penn State's 5-4 overtime victory against Michigan Feb. 21 ... Named Academic All-Big Ten.
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2012-13
Team captain ... Appeared in 26 games ... Collected three goals and one assist ... One of three Nittany Lions to recorded a shorthanded goal ... Ranked fourth on the team with 69 shots ... Tallied first career goal, which proved to be the game-winner, in a 4-2 victory against Buffalo State Nov. 3 ... Netted one marker against Robert Morris Dec. 15 ... Recorded first career assist against Vermont Jan. 19 ... Added a shorthanded goal against Michigan State Jan. 25.
Member of the University's American Collegiate Hockey Association Division I club team in 2011-12 ... Recorded 52 points (24g, 28a) in 31 games ... Member of the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League for four seasons (2007-11) ... Collected 60 points (25g, 35a) in 205 career regular-season games ... Added a goal and an assist in four career playoff games ... In 2010-11, garnered the league's Curt Hammer Award, presented to a player who distinguishes himself both on and off the ice by demonstrating outstanding performance skills, pride and determination ... Received the team's 7th Man Award following the 2009-10 season ... Played for the Chicago Mission of the MWEHL in 2006-07.
Son of Eddie and Diana Olczyk ... Father, Eddie, is a current NHL TV analyst and was a 16-year NHL veteran who helped the New York Rangers capture the 1994 Stanley Cup ... Was also a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team and the former head coach of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins ... Has two brothers, Eddie and Nicky, and a sister, Alexandra ... Brother, Eddie, played hockey at UMass ... Uncle, Rick, played hockey at Brown ... Born Nov. 10, 1990 in Toronto, Ontario.