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The Penn State Nittany Lions look to build on recent success and even their Big Ten record this weekend against Michigan State
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
Penn State eyes a strong start in conference play against a strong opponent in an arena they haven't had much success
Penn State looks to get back to their winning ways as they travel to East Lansing to conclude the regular season series against the Spartans
For the second time in three weeks Penn State and Minnesota will meet in a top-10 showdown as they battle for position at the top of the Big Ten Conference
Made 34 appearances with seven points scored on two goals and five assists and a plus-4 rating … Blocked 44 shots … Named Team’s Top Preseason Athlete for a fourth straight season … Scored goal and posted a season-high plus-3 rating in 5-1 win over Clarkson (Dec. 29) … Notched lone multi-point game of the season with a pair of assists vs. Michigan (Jan. 28) … Tallied assists vs. AIC (Oct. 23), vs. Michigan State (Dec. 4), at Minnesota (Feb. 6) ... Scored a goal against Wisconsin (March 17) in the Big Ten Quarterfinals … Named Academic All-Big Ten.
AS A JUNIOR IN 2014-15
Skated in 29 games, scoring twice with seven assists and posting the best team's best plus-minus rating (+8) among defenseman ...Ranked third on the team among defenseman in points ... Blocked 47 shots ... Tallied a multi-point game with a goal and assist at Alaska (Oct. 18) ... Posted back-to-back plus-two games in a sweep of Holy Cross (Oct. 24 and Oct. 26) ... Missed eight games in November and December due to injury ... Added two assists in a 5-2 win over Wisconsin (Feb. 6) with a game-best plus-four rating ... Scored first career power play goal at Michigan State (Feb. 14) ... Pitched in with an assist and plus-two rating in a 6-4 win over Michigan (March 6) ... Blocked a season-high five shots in series-sweeping win over Michigan (March 7) ... Named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team ... Earned the team's Preseason Top Athlete for a third straight season.
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2013-14
Skated in 29 games and collected three assists ... Named team's Top Preseason Athlete ... Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2012-13
One of four Nittany Lions to appear in all 27 games ... Led the team's blueliners in points (12) and was tied for first in goals (4) and assists (8) ... Collected three two-point games ... Recorded first collegiate points with two assists against Army Oct. 26 ... Added an assist against Sacred Heart Oct. 27 ... Registered two points (1g, 1a), including an empty-net, shorthanded goal against Air Force Nov. 10 ... Contributed a goal and an assist against Holy Cross Dec. 7 ... Picked up a goal against Fredonia Dec. 11 ... Notched an assist against Ohio State Dec. 29 ... Netted a goal against UConn Jan. 4 ... Garnered an assist in back-to-back games against Vermont and Michigan State Jan. 19 and Jan. 25, respectively.
BEFORE PENN STATE
Appeared in 60 games with the Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League in 2011-12 ... Collected two goals and 13 assists ... Member of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs of the BCHL in 2010-11 ... Registered 29 points (9g, 20a) in 60 regular-season games ... Named the team's best defenseman ... Was teammates with Casey Bailey during the 2010-11 season ... Also played for the Valley Forge Minutemen and Philadelphia Jr. Flyers.
Son of Brian and Janet Varley ... Has one sister, Madison ... Born June 3, 1992 in Orange County, Florida.