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Feb. 10, 2016

WEEKEND PREVIEW

17-8-3
(7-5-0-0 B1G)
7-19-2
(3-9-0-0 B1G)
Friday at 7 p.m. | Saturday at 7 p.m.
MUNN ICE ARENA | EAST LANSING

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INSIDE THE NUMBERS

PSU
MSU
17-8-3 Overall Record 7-19-2
7-5-0-0 Conference Record 3-9-0-0
108 Goals Scored 67
84 Goals Allowed 97
3.86 Goals Scored/gm. 2.39
3.00 Goals Allowed/gm. 3.46
1202 Shots 830
42.93 Shots/gm. 29.64
172 Assists 119
26-107 Power Plays 16-110
.243 Power-Play Pct. .145
79-94 Penalty Kills 88-103
.840 Penalty-Kill Pct. .854
834 Saves 818
1 Shutouts 3

SERIES HISTORY

All-Time Series
4-6-2
Home 3-1-2
Road 1-5-0
Neutral 0-0-0
PSU Streak 2 wins
First Meeting 1/25/13, MSU 5-3
Last Meeting 12/5/15, PSU 6-1
Last PSU Win 12/5/15, 6-1
Last MSU Win 2/15/14, 2-1
Last Tie 1/16/15, 2-2 (MSU-SO)
Largest PSU Win 6-1, 12/5/15
Largest MSU Win 3-0, 1/17/14
3-0, 2/13/15

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Nittany Lion men's hockey team head to East Lansing to face Michigan State to cap a five-game stretch away from Hockey Valley. The two-game series will feature a pair of 7 p.m. puck drops on Friday and Saturday.

THIS WEEK IN PENN STATE HOCKEY
Penn State will conclude a five-game stretch away from Hockey Valley when it travels to East Lansing for a two-game set against MSU.

• Both games are set for live video streams through BTN Plus, a subscription service.

• Both games can be heard live for free through GoPSUnow on wireless and connected devices.

I'M COMING HOME
• Penn State's lone Michigan native, Zach Saar (Richland) is set for the first of two trips back to the Mitten. PSU returns to Michigan to face the Wolverines March 11-12.

THE NITTANY LION ROAD WARRIORS
• Eleven of the final 14 regular-season games will be played away from Hockey Valley. Penn State is 4-2-2 on the road this year and 5-3-2 in all games away from Pegula Ice Arena.

• Penn State's program record five-game unbeaten road streak came to an end on Jan. 23 at Ohio State.

• PSU has split both its Big Ten away series.

• The Lions have yet to win a game at Michigan State since joining the Big Ten (0-4-0). Penn State is 1-5-0 all-time at Munn Ice Arena.

NITTANY LIONS VS. MICHIGAN STATE
• Penn State had had its goal and point scoring spread through its entire lineup against the Golden Gophers with 16 of 19 skaters who have played Minnesota tallying points.

• Penn State's leading scorers against Michigan State are David Goodwin (3g, 3a) and Eric Scheid (4g, 2a) with six points. Goodwin's plus-5 is also a team-best vs. MSU.

Luke Juha's five assists are tops on the team against the Spartans.

• Just one Lion has played in all 12 contests against Michigan State: Tommy Olczyk.

SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
The Michigan State Spartans are 7-19-2 on the season and 3-9-0-0 in Big Ten play. Following a tough 16-game stretch where the Spartans went 1-14-1, MSU has gone 2-2-0 the past two weeks.

• Last weekend, MSU upset No. 6 Michigan, 3-2, in overtime in Detroit before falling 4-1 at Munn Ice Arena the next night.

• Michigan State is 4-7-1 at home, 1-10-0 in true road games and 2-2-1 on neutral ice.

• The Spartans are scoring 2.4 goals per game, while allowing 3.5 a game. MSU averages 29.6 shots on net, but allows 32.7 shots on goal per game.

• MSU's power play is 16-for-110 (.145), while the penalty kill is 88-for-103 (.854). Michigan State commits 4.8 penalties per game.

• MSU has balanced scoring with eight skaters recording at least 10 points led by Mackenzie MacEachern (21), Michael Ferrantino (19) and Mason Appleton (19). MacEachern is the lone double-digit scorer with 10 goals.

• Reigning Big Ten Goaltender and Player of the Year Jake Hildebrand has started 27 of 28 games and played 1569 of the team's 1705 minutes. Hildebrand has a 3.25 GAA and .899 save percentage with three shutouts.

• MSU is led by Tom Anastos who is in his fifth season. Anastos (Michigan State `85) has a 68-94-18 record at MSU.

MINNESOTA SERIES RECAP
A short-handed Penn State side was able to earn a historic split at Minnesota to stay within six points of the Big Ten lead entering the home stretch.

• On Friday night, Penn State tied the game midway through the first on a Chase Berger goal. PSU seemingly took the lead a couple minutes later, but the goal was wiped out due to goaltender interference.

• Minnesota went on to score three unanswered goals to take a 4-1 decision.

• In Saturday's game, Penn State never trailed, taking a 2-0 lead behind tallies from Matt Mendelson in the first and David Glen's PPG in the second.

• Glen's goal was the first of four in a four-minute stretch during the five-goal period. Minnesota tied it at two before Luke Juha regained PSU's advantage.

• A short-handed Justin Kloos goal evened the score entering the second intermission. Minnesota had its go-ahead goal in the third overturned on a Penn State coach's challenge due offside.

Zach Saar scored the game-winning goal with 3:49 remaining off a Chase Berger faceoff win. Kenny Brooks added an empty-netter of a Berger feed to seal the 5-3 win.

Eamon McAdam made 36 saves in victory to become Penn State's first 10-game winner.

• Four Nittany Lions tallied multiple points: David Goodwin (2a), Juha (1g, 1a), Berger (2a) and Saar (1g, 1a).

• Defenseman David Thompson finished with a game-high plus-3 rating and four blocked shots. Juha had a game-high five blocks.

• Penn State has now won in every Big Ten venue and split the season series with Minnesota, 2-2-0.

NITTANY LIONS' BALANCED OFFENSE
• The Nittany Lions may not have a point scorer in the top 60 nationally, but have 14 skaters who have tallied 10 points this season.

• Penn State is one of three teams with at least 14 double-digit scorers: (St. Cloud State 15, Penn State & Michigan 14).

• Thirteen of Penn State's 14 double-digit scorers have at least 14 points.

MCADAM FIRST TO 10 WINS
Eamon McAdam is having the best start to a season by a PSU netminder in terms of record with an 10-4-0 mark. He is the first Nittany Lion netminder to reach the 10-win plateau in a single season.

• After going 0-9-0 his freshman season, McAdam is 15-8-1 in his last 24 decisions. This season's 2.57 GAA and .923 save percentage are currently career bests. McAdam's GAA and save percentage have improved each season.

• McAdam has two assists this season. He is one of eight goaltenders in the country to have two points this season.

NATION-LEADING SHOT TAKERS
• The Nittany Lions, who led NCAA Division I men's ice hockey last year in shots per game (39.24), are at the top of the list once again (42.93). PSU is averaging 4.25 shots per game more than second-place Michigan (38.68).

• Penn State previously led in the D-I shots per game category from Nov. 2, 2014 to Oct. 16, 2015 before regaining the leading mantle on Oct. 26, 2015.

• The Nittany Lions are fourth in all of Division I men's hockey in shot margin per game (+10.14). Minnesota Duluth leads the category (+11.41).

• Penn State has fired at least 40 shots in 17-of-28 games and 50+ shots on seven occasions.

• PSU has out-shot its opponent 22 times.

OFFENSE AMONG THE NATION'S BEST
• Penn State's offense has been one of the best in the country this season, tallying 3.86 goals per game, which is fifth in NCAA D-I.

• Penn State's 10 short-handed goals lead the country, two ahead of Boston College and Sacred Heart (8). PSU's previous season record for short-handed goals was five (2013-14).

• The Nittany Lions are seventh nationally in power-play percentage (.243). Penn State's 26 power-play goals are tied for fifth.

• PSU's goal margin of +23 ranks tied-12th in the nation.

SENIORS LEAD OFFENSE
• Seniors have tallied 110 points, most of any class of Nittany Lions. The breakdown is 41 goals and 69 assists. Seniors have accounted for 39.2 percent of the team's point scoring.

• Penn State's senior class ranks fourth in D-I for most points with 110.

• Six of Penn State's 10 short-handed goals have come from the senior class.

Eric Scheid, Curtis Loik and Kenny Brooks are the leading Nittany Lion seniors with 19 points. Luke Juha has 17, while David Glen has 16 and Tommy Olczyk has 14.

• Brooks, Loik, Juha and Olczyk have tallied career highs in points this season. Brooks's previous career high was 12 points in 2012-13 (27 games), while Loik had 17 in 37 games last season.

Luke Juha missed the first three games of the season, but has 17 points on five goals and 12 assists in 24 games. Juha has reached double-digit assists and points for a third straight season. His previous career-high in points was 15 (2013-14).

• Juha is PSU's leading scorer from the blue line this season. Juha (12-41--53) is the program's all-time leader in goals, assists and points by a defenseman. His plus-14 rating leads the team.

Eric Scheid, like Juha, missed first two weeks of the season, but has recovered well to tally 19 points in 24 games. Scheid has eight goals and 11 assists with three short-handed goals. He is one point shy of his third 20-point season.

• For the third straight season, Tommy Olczyk has tallied double-digit points. He has matched his career-high eight goals from last season and has a career-best six helpers.

FRESHMEN MAKING THEIR MARKS
• On the younger side of things, Penn State's freshmen rank highly in terms of offense. PSU ranks third in goals (39), seventh in assists (50) and tied-fourth in points (89).

• PSU's 1.39 goals per game by freshmen are third in the nation to Mercyhurst (1.57) and North Dakota (1.50).

• Penn State is the only team to have three short-handed goals by freshmen.

• The freshmen are led by Chase Berger (12-9--21), Andrew Sturtz (13-5--18), Alec Marsh (6-12--18) and Vince Pedrie (6-10--16).

Vince Pedrie (6g) is Penn State's top scoring defenseman. He has shattered the single-season school record for goals by a defenseman, which was four on three previous occasions.

• All eight freshmen have appeared on the ice this season. All seven skaters have tallied points and six have scored goals.

GETTING AHEAD, STAYING AHEAD
• The Nittany Lions are 13-0-1 when scoring the first goal of a game and have been nearly perfect in closing out leads: 15-1-0 when leading after two periods.

• Penn State is 10-0-0 when leading after the first period.

CARDIAC CATS TIED FOR NATION'S LEAD
• Penn State is tied for the nation's lead with three overtime goals. PSU is one of five teams with three OT goals (Michigan Tech, Ferris State, Cornell and Yale).

• The Nittany Lions hadn't won more than two OT games in a single season prior to this year.

• PSU is 3-0-3 in overtime this season and is 4-0-5 in its past nine OT games and 5-1-7 in its last 13 overtime games.

• Guy Gadowsky's team is 7-2-9 in OT games since the 2012-13 season finale at Wisconsin (Feb. 25, 2013). Prior to that game, the Lions were 1-3-0.

SHORT-HANDED IS NOT A DEFICIT
• Penn State has shattered its program-record for short-handed goals in a season by tallying 10 such goals through 24 games.

• Penn State leads NCAA Division I in the category over Boston College (8). That number already exceeds the national leader from 2012-13, matches the 2013-14 leader and is only two behind last season's leader, North Dakota (12).

• The Nittany Lions are a nation-leading -5 goal-differential on the penalty kill this season.

POWER PLAY WOES
• Penn State, which once had one of the top power plays in the nation, has fallen off since the winter break.

• Since Dec. 28, Penn State is only 5-for-38 13.2 percent), which ranks 46th in the country during that span.

• Penn State was one of the top power-play units in the country, ranking No. 2 through Dec. 11 at 30.4 percent. Currently, PSU ranks seventh overall.

NITTANY LIONS REMAIN RANKED IN USCHO NATIONAL POLL
• For the seventh straight release of the USCHO national poll, Penn State is ranked, checking in at No. 16.

• Following five straight rankings, Penn State fell out of the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll last week, but is the first team receiving the most votes.

GLEN, JUHA NAMED SENIOR CLASS AWARD NOMINEES
• On Friday morning (Jan. 29), Penn State men's hockey senior student-athletes David Glen and Luke Juha were named as part of the 20-person 2015-16 Senior CLASS Award nominee list.

• This marks the first time a Penn State men's hockey student-athlete has been nominated for this prestigious award that honors excellence on the field, it the community, classroom and leadership.

• To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.

TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
• The Nittany Lions will travel to St. Paul, Minnesota for the third Big Ten Tournament (March 17-19) at the Xcel Energy Center. All-session tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

NEXT TIME OUT
• Penn State returns to Hockey Valley for its final home series of the season Feb. 19-20.

• Friday's game against Ohio State will be televised by Big Ten Network and BTN2Go at 6:30 p.m.

• Saturday's game will be televised by ESPNU and WatchESPN at 3 p.m.

• Penn State split its previous series with the Buckeyes Jan. 22-23 at Columbus, Ohio.



 

 

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