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Zach Saar
Zach  Saar

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Richland, Mich.

Height / Weight:
6-6 / 225

Position:
Forward

Birthdate:
06/20/1993

Last Team:
Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)


12/01/2016

#7 M. Hockey Opens B1G Play with, 6-1, Win Against #20 Michigan

Sturtz scores a pair while Smirnov registers a trio of helpers as No. 7 Penn State runs win streak to ten in 6-1 victory of No. 20 Michigan

11/19/2016

Funkey Earns Shutout as No. 10 PSU Sweeps ASU, 8-0

Eight different Nittany Lions found the back of the net and sophomore Chris Funkey kept the opposition out as No. 10 Penn State wins ninth straight

11/04/2016

No. 14/15 Penn State Completes Sweep of Niagara with, 5-1, Victory

Smirnov collects his second straight three-point game, Sturtz scores twice, Goodwin nets career point 99 as Nittany Lions roll.

11/03/2016

No. 14/15 M. Hockey Defeats Niagara, 5-1

Denis Smirnov with a career-high three points while Chris Funkey earns his first career victory during Nittany Lion win

06/29/2016

Eight Nittany Lions Take Part in NHL Camps

Current and former men's hockey players in the mix at several NHL Development Camps this summer

10/26/2013

Men's Ice Hockey vs. RIT 10/25/13

Men's Ice Hockey vs. RIT 10/25/13

AS A SENIOR IN 2016-17

... had a goal in each game during a weekend sweep of Niagara (Nov. 3-4) ... recorded an assist during a 6-3 victory over Alaska Anchorage (Nov. 11) ...

AS A JUNIOR IN 2015-16

Made 25 appearances with nine points on six goals and three assists ... Tallied two power-play goals and two game-winners ... Ranked second on the team in penalty minutes (43) and tied-second in penalties committed (16) ... Made season-debut in an 8-2 win over Sacred Heart (Nov. 13), scoring a power-play goal ... Scored the opening goal on the power play in a 4-0 win over Vermont (Nov. 29) ... Tallied PSU's opening goal in a 3-2 overtime win over Minnesota (Jan. 9), while posting a plus-2 rating ... Notched a multi-point outing with a goal and an assist in a 5-3 win at Minnesota (Feb. 6) ... Scored the very next game in a 6-1 win at Michigan State (Feb. 12) ... Scored third goal in four games in a 6-1 win over Ohio State (Feb. 19), which was a short-handed, empty-netter ... Named Academic All-Big Ten.

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2014-15
Appeared in 16 games after missing the first 16 of the year while recovering from off-season surgery ... Tallied an assist and a minus-two rating ... Made first appearance of the year against Robert Morris (Dec. 29) with a plus-one rating ... Played best hockey of the season down the stretch, tallying an assist at Minnesota (March 14) with a plus-one before earning another plus-one rating against Ohio State (March 19) in the Big Ten Tournament ... Named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team.

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2013-14
Appeared in 33 games and ranked eighth on the team and 21st among Big Ten freshmen with 11 points (5g, 6a) ... Paced the squad and tied for the Big Ten rookie lead with two game-winning goals ... Tallied an assist in his first career game against Army Oct. 11 ... Notched a season-best two points (1g, 1a) against Wisconsin Dec. 7 ... Twice tallied game-winning markers against Michigan ... Scored the game-winning goal in Penn State's 4-0 victory - its first Big Ten win - against the Wolverines Feb. 8 ... Scored the double-overtime game-winner in the Big Ten quarterfinals against Michigan March 20.

BEFORE PENN STATE
Finished the 2012-13 season with the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the United States Hockey League ... Teammates with Nittany Lion defenseman Patrick Koudys ... Appeared in 21 regular-season games and totaled five points (2g, 3a) ... Added one assist in three playoff games ... Began 2012-13 campaign as team captain for the USHL's Des Moines Buccaneers ... Collected 12 points (4g, 8a) in 30 games ... Split time between Des Moines and the Chicago Steel in 2011-12 ... Recorded 13 points (8g, 5a) in 23 games with Chicago and added 12 points (6g, 6a) in 32 games with Des Moines ... Was teammates with Penn State defenseman Connor Varley in Des Moines ... Participated in the 2012 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game ... Served as an assistant captain with Chicago ... In 2010-11, skated in 32 games and collected four goals and six assists ... Also played for Detroit Little Caesars (2009-10).

PERSONAL
Son of Brad and Rene Saar ... Father, Brad, was a member of Penn State Football's 1982 national championship team ... Has one sister, Lauren, who plays volleyball at Georgetown ... Graduated from Glenbarb East High School (Ill.) ... Born June 22, 1993 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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