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Nov. 27, 2015

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7-2-3
(0-0-0-0 B1G)
3-8-2
(2-4-2 HEA)
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INSIDE THE NUMBERS

PSU
UVM
7-2-3 Overall Record 3-8-2
0-0-0-0 Conference Record 2-4-2
50 Goals Scored 26
31 Goals Allowed 36
4.2 Goals Scored/gm. 2.0
2.6 Goals Allowed/gm. 2.8
539 Shots 407
44.9 Shots/gm. 31.3
80 Assists 41
15-52 Power Plays 4-40
.288 Power-Play Pct. .100
28-35 Penalty Kills 41-52
.800 Penalty-Kill Pct. .788
313 Saves 331
0 Shutouts 1

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Penn State men's hockey team is set to take part in the fourth annual Philadelphia College Hockey Faceoff at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday at 1 p.m. vs. Vermont. The Nittany Lions hold a 2-1-0 edge in the series with the Catamounts.

The contest will be carried live with free audio streaming through GoPSUNow and the Penn State Sports Live app for Android and Apple devices. Penn State will provide a free live video stream of the game for those who can't make it to Philadelphia.

THIS WEEK'S MATCHUP
Penn State travels Wells Fargo Center for the fourth annual Philadelphia College Hockey Faceoff against Vermont. The Nittany Lions and Catamounts meet for the fourth consecutive season with Penn State holding a 2-1-0 overall edge. Puck drop is set for 1 p.m.

SCOUTING THE CATAMOUNTS
The Vermont Catamounts are 3-8-2 on the season and 2-4-2 in Hockey East while playing one of the toughest schedules in the nation. UVM has played top five teams in North Dakota, Omaha and UMass Lowell htus far. Last weekend, the Cats fell to Maine, 3-2 and 4-1, on the road.

• The Catamounts are scoring 2.0 goals per game, while allowing 2.8 a game. UVM averages 31.3 shots on net while scoring at a 6.4 percent clip.

• UVM's power play is 4-for-40 (.100), while the penalty kill is 41-for-52 (.788). Vermont commits 4.6 penalties per game.

• Vermont's top scorers are Mario Puskarich and Jarrid Privitera with five goals apiece. Puskarich has a team-best even assists and 12 points. No other Catamount has more than seven points this season.

• Netminder Mike Santaguida (3-8-2) has started 13 games with a .907 save percentage and a 2.62 GAA.

• Vermont is led by Kevin Sneddon who is in his 12th season. Sneddon (Harvard `92) has a 192-212-62 record at Vermont and a 242-311-80 overall record.

SERIES HISTORY WITH VERMONT
All-Time Series: Penn State leads 2-1-0 Home: 0-0-0 Road: 0-0-0 Neutral: 2-1-0 PSU Streak: 1 win First Meeting: 1/19/13, PSU 4-2 Last Meeting: 1/31/15, PSU 4-2 Last PSU Win: 1/31/15, 4-2 Last UVM Win: 10/26/13, 5-2 Last Tie: n/a Largest PSU Win: 4-2 (twice) Largest UVM Win: 5-2, 10/26/13

AGAINST HOCKEY EAST
• Penn State is 5-7-1 all-time against current members of Hockey East. This season, Penn State is 1-1-0, having faced Notre Dame at home in the second week of the year.

• Last season, Penn State went 3-1-1 against Hockey East teams.

LAST YEAR VS. VERMONT
• The Nittany Lions overcame a 2-0 deficit to score four unanswered goals in a 4-2 win over No. 14 Vermont.

• Local connections David Thompson and Ricky DeRosa combined on the game-winning goal. Thompson scored his first career tally from the right point with 3 minutes to play with DeRosa collecting the assist.

PA PUCK
• Seven Nittany Lion live in the Keystone State, the most in NCAA Division I.

1. Penn State: 7 2. Ferris State: 4 3. Providence, UMass Lowell: 3 4. 10 others with 2

• Penn State accounts for 12.73 percent of the 55 Division I men's hockey athletes.

• Five Lions reside in the greater Philadelphia region: senior Connor Varley (Lansdale); juniors Eamon McAdam (Perkasie), Ricky DeRosa (Aston) and David Thompson (Glen Mills); and freshman Kevin Kerr (Bensalem).

• Two call the Pittsburgh area home: Matthew Skoff (McKees Rocks) and Matt Mendelson (Upper St. Clair).

• Goalie Peyton Jones of Langhorne will join the Nittany Lions next season. Jones played high school hockey at Holy Ghost Prep with Kevin Kerr during the 2011-12 season.

• Two other signees, Denis Smirnov and Nikita Pavlychev, hail from Northeast Pennsylvania by way of Russia. The forward duo played youth hockey in Wilkes-Barre before moving on to the USHL.

ALASKA ANCHORAGE SERIES RECAP
Penn State travelled Anchorage, Alaska last weekend and came away unscathed with a 1-0-1 mark. PSU beat UAA 5-2 in the opener and then tied 1-1 in the series finale.

• Penn State jumped out to a 2-0 lead with back-to-back goals by Andrew Sturtz in an 89-second span. His second goal was his first short-handed tally of the year and the team's nation-leading fourth of the season.

• UAA fought back with goals 29 seconds apart as the first period ended 2-2.

Ricky DeRosa collected his third game-winning goal by scoring just under four minutes into the second period. All three of DeRosa's goals this season have resulted in game-winning tallies.

Curtis Loik made it 4-2 to end the second preiod before Kenny Brooks' spinning goal capped the scoring at 5-2.

Eamon McAdam was solid in net, having to make 19 stops in the three-goal win. McAdam improved to 5-1-0.

• On Saturday, UAA's defensive style stymied the Nittany Lions, especially after an early 1-0 lead 2:23 into the contest.

Matthew Skoff made 20 saves to end the game after allowing the opening shot on the 2-on-1 break by UAA. Skoff is 2-0-3 in his last five outings, allowing just nine goals in 358-plus minutes following a seven-goal outing to Notre Dame in 44 minutes.

Luke Juha tallied the game-tying goal with 13 minutes to play in the third period. Juha's blast from the point was his seventh career power-play goal, tied for second all-time at PSU with Dylan Richard.

• Penn State improved to 1-0-2 all-time against Alaska Anchorage.

STURTZ SCORES B1G SECOND STAR
• Freshman forward Andrew Sturtz was named the Big Ten's Second Star of the Week on Tuesday by the league office. Sturtz tallied two goals, including a short-handed tally, in Friday's 5-2 win as Penn State returned from Alaska Anchorage unbeaten with a 1-0-1 mark.

• Sturtz is the fourth different Nittany Lions, and the third freshman, to earn a Big Ten weekly award.

MCADAM CONTINUES IMPROVING
Eamon McAdam is having a good start to his junior year, continuing that of a solid sophomore campaign. McAdam is 5-1-0 this season and has given up just four goals once this season in what was arguably his finest performance of the season (Oct. 30 vs. St. Lawrence).

• McAdam is 5-1-0 this season and has given up just four goals once this season in what was arguably his finest performance of the season (35 saves Oct. 30 vs. St. Lawrence).

• The junior out of Perkasie, Pennsylvania has allowed just nine even-strength goals this season in nearly 359 minutes.

• After going 0-9-0 his freshman season, McAdam is 10-5-1 in his last 16 decisions. His 2.51 GAA and .917 save percentage are currently career bests.

SKOFF BACK ON TRACK
Matthew Skoff is 2-0-3 in his last four outings, allowing just eight goals in 358-plus minutes following the Notre Dame game (7 GA in 44 minutes).

• Skoff has a terrific .935 save percentage and a paltry 1.72 goals-against average in his last five games.

• Skoff has matched his career-best five-game unbeaten streak (currently 2-0-3). From Jan. 26, 2013 to Oct. 11, 203, Skoff was 5-0-0.

NATION-LEADING SHOT TAKERS
• The Nittany Lions, who led NCAA Division I men's ice hockey last year in shots per game (39.2), are at the top of the list once again (44.92). PSU is averaging 5.92 more shots per game than second-place Michigan (39.00).

• 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.

• The Nittany Lions lead all of Division I men's hockey in shot margin per game (+16.25). Next closest is Quinnipiac (+12.54)

• Penn State has fired at least 40 shots in 8 of 12 games and 50+ four times.

AMONG THE NATION'S BEST
• Penn State's offense has been one of the best in the country this season, tallying 4.17goals per game, which is tied-for-third in NCAA D-I.

• The Nittany Lions are third nationally in power-play percentage (.288) and second in power-play goals (15).

• Penn State's four short-handed goals lead the Big Ten and are second in the nation.

DISCIPLINED LIONS
• The Nittany Lions are among the nation's least penalized teams in the nation, currently 53rd out of 60 teams overall with 3.50 penalties a game.

• Their 7.00 penalty minutes per game are the third fewest in the nation to only Princeton (6.88) and Yale (5.50).

• Penn State is 52nd of 60 in fewest total minutes (84). All teams with fewer have played nine or fewer games.

SENIORS LEAD OFFENSE
• Seniors have tallied 54 points, most of any class of Nittany Lions. The breakdown is 16 goals and 38 assists.

• Seniors have accounted for 41.2 percent of the team's point scoring.

• Penn State's senior class ranks tied-for-third in D-I for most points with 55, trailing only Robert Morris (77) and Providence (67). PSU is even with St. Cloud State (54).

Curtis Loik (13 points), Kenny Brooks (12) and David Glen (10) are tied-first, tied-second and tied-sixth, respectively, for the Nittany Lion point scoring.

Curtis Loik played in his 100th collegiate game on Saturday, Nov. 15 vs. Sacred Heart.

• Brooks has already surpassed last season's point total of three, while Loik has recorded his third straight double-digit point season.

Luke Juha missed the first three games of the season, but has seven points on two goal and five assists in nine games.

• Juha is PSU's leading scorer from the blue line this season along with Erik Autio and Vince Pedrie (5 points). Juha (9-34--43) is the program's all-time leader in goals, assists and points by a defenseman.

Eric Scheid, like Juha, missed first two weeks of the season, but has recovered well to tally six points in nine games. Scheid has a goal and five assists.

FRESHMEN MAKING THEIR MARKS
• On the younger side of things, Penn State's freshmen rank highly in terms of offense. PSU ranks third in points (48), assists (28) and fourth in goals (20).

• Penn State is one of only two teams to have two short-handed goals by freshmen (Air Force).

• The freshmen are led by Alec Marsh (5-7--12), Chase Berger (8-5--13) and Andrew Sturtz (6-4--10).

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

PSU TO PLAY IN FOUR NHL BARNS
• Penn State will make the first of four appearances in NHL buildings this weekend. All four venues are ones in which Penn State has played before.

• PSU will play in the fourth annual Philadelphia College Hockey Faceoff at Wells Fargo Center against Vermont (Nov. 29). The Lions are 2-1-0 in the event.

• The Nittany Lions will take part in the fourth Three Rivers Classic (Dec. 28-29), playing Robert Morris in the opener and either UMass Lowell or Clarkson the next night.

• For the second straight year, Penn State will play at "The World's Most Famous Arena" when it takes on Michigan in the second half of a historic doubleheader on Jan. 30.

• The basketball teams open the Big Ten Super Saturday Hoops & Hockey event at Noon, hockey plays at 7 p.m. Both games are on BTN.

• The 2016 Big Ten Tournament is hosted by the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, home to the Minnesota Wild.

NEXT TIME OUT
• Penn State opens Big Ten play at home for the first time in program history when Michigan State visits Pegula Ice Arena next week on Friday-Saturday, Dec. 4-5.

• The Nittany Lions dropped three of four games to the Spartans last season. Saturday is the annual Teddy Bear Toss game.





 

 

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