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Eighteen Teams With Perfect Academic Progress Rate in 2015-16
Denis Smirnov garners three team awards to conclude record-setting freshman campaign.
No. 15 Penn State University will battle Michigan for the third time in seven days when they travel to Joe Louis Arena in Detroit for a Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal matchup
Sturtz scores twice, but Lions are dropped for the fourth consecutive time at home
Penn State closes out their 20-game home slate as they welcome the 16th ranked Badgers to Pegula Ice Arena for senior weekend
The Nittany Lion men's hockey team used four second-period goals to get past Michigan State, 4-2, in the Big Ten Opener.
Nittany Lions Open Season with 6-1 Win at Canisius // Photos by Tom Wolf Imaging
Men's Ice Hockey vs. RIT 10/25/13
... registered the primary assist of the opening goal during a 3-2 overtime victory at No. 3 Notre Dame (Oct. 22) ... assistsed on a goal during a 5-1 victory over Niagara (Nov. 3) ... recorded a goal in game one and an assist in game two during a weekend sweep over Alaska Anchorage (Nov. 11-12) ... Scored in the 6-1 win over No. 20 Michigan (Dec. 1) ... Recorded one goal in a 5-3 victory over Michigan State (Jan. 14) ... Registered one assist in a 6-3 victory against Wisconsin (Feb. 10) ... Collected one assist in a 4-3 loss against Minnesota (Feb. 18) ...
AS A JUNIOR IN 2015-16
Scored a career-high six goals and added four assists, while appearing in all 38 games ... Led the team in game-winning goals (4) ... Tallied game-winning goals in wins over Canisius (Oct. 10), Notre Dame (Oct. 17) and Alaska Anchorage (Nov. 20) ... Scored in Penn State's 6-1 win over Michigan State (Dec. 5) ... Added an assist in a 6-3 win over Princeton (Dec. 11) with a season-high plus-3 rating and three blocked shots ... Added an assist in a 3-2 win over Minnesota (Jan. 8) ... Scored the go-ahead goal vs. Michigan (Jan. 30) at Madison Square Garden ... Registered third career multi-point outing in a Big Ten Quarterfinal win over Wisconsin (March 17) with a goal and an assist ... Named Academic All-Big Ten.
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2014-15
Suited up 31 times, tallying eight points on three goals and five assists ... Scored first goal of the season in a 3-1 win over Holy Cross (Oct. 24), followed by a two-assist performance the next game against the Crusaders (Oct. 26) ... Tallied a goal in a 4-2 victory over Wisconsin (Dec. 6) to help secure PSU's first road sweep of a Big Ten foe ... Notched second multi-point game of the season vs. Northern Michigan (Jan. 24) to aid PSU's three-goal comeback in a 5-5 tie ... Had the primary assist on David Thompson's game-winning goal vs. No. 14 Vermont (Jan. 31) at Wells Fargo Center ... Accumulated 10 penalty minutes, a minus-two rating and six blocks ... Named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2013-14
Skated in 32 games ... Tied for 14th among Big Ten freshmen with 12 points (5g, 7a) ... Scored in his first career game against Air Force Oct. 18 ... Secured a trio of three-game point-scoring streaks: Oct. 26-Nov. 8 (1g, 2a), Dec. 6-27 (1g, 3a), Feb. 7-14 (2g, 2a) ... Netted the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory against Sacred Heart Nov. 8 ... Notched a goal and an assist in Penn State's first Big Ten victory against Michigan Feb. 8.
BEFORE PENN STATE
Appeared in 135 regular-season games with the North American Hockey League's Port Huron Fighting Falcons from 2010-13 ... As team captain in 2012-13, skated in 59 regular-season games and led team in points (42) and assists (26) and tied for first in plus/minus (plus-15) and shorthanded goals (2) ... Added team-leading seven points (3g, 4a) in six playoff games ... Participated in the 2013 NAHL Top Prospects Game ... Named Team MVP and earned team's Leadership Award ... In 2011-12, recorded 36 points (8g, 28a) in 59 regular-season games ... Assistant captain ... Helped lead Port Huron to the North Division title ... Notched four points (1g, 3a) in eight playoff games ... Collected four points (1g, 3a) with Port Huron in 17 games in 2010-11 after starting the season with the Amarillo Bulls ... Recorded 10 points (7g, 3a) with Amarillo ... Also played for the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers (2009-10), the Philadelphia Little Flyers (2007-09) and Cardinal O'Hara High School (2006-10) ... In 2009-10, helped Cardinal O'Hara to the Flyers Cup championship.
Son of Rick and Denise DeRosa ... Has two sisters, Danielle and Kelli ... Graduated from Cardinal O'Hara High School ... Born Feb. 9, 1992 in Springfield, Pa.