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Dec. 25, 2015

TOURNEY PREVIEW

THREE RIVERS CLASSIC
11-2-3
(2-0-0-0 B1G)
9-4-3
(8-3-3 AHC)
Monday at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday at 4:30 or 7:30 p.m.
vs. UMass Lowell or Clarkson
CONSOL ENERGY CENTER | PITTSBURGH

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INSIDE THE NUMBERS

PSU
RMU
11-2-3 Overall Record 9-4-3
2-0-0-0 Conference Record 8-3-3
70 Goals Scored 70
37 Goals Allowed 43
4.38 Goals Scored/gm. 4.38
2.31 Goals Allowed/gm. 2.69
718 Shots 580
44.88 Shots/gm. 36.25
108 Assists 121
21-69 Power Plays 23-65
.304 Power-Play Pct. .354
37-45 Penalty Kills 60-76
.822 Penalty-Kill Pct. .789
424 Saves 478
1 Shutouts 3

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The 15th-ranked Penn State men’s hockey team will take part in the fourth annual Three Rivers Classic hosted by CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh on Monday night against Robert Morris. The PSU-RMU game is the nightcap at 7:30 p.m. with the winner facing either UMass Lowell or Clarkson in the championship game on Tuesday night.

Both Penn State contests will be carried live with free video streaming through GoPSUnow. Free audio will also be carried through GoPSUnow online and through Penn State Sports Live app for Android and Apple devices. Both games will air on the Penn State Sports Network with local radio on 103.1 FM in State College.

THIS WEEK IN PENN STATE HOCKEY
Penn State concludes 2015 with a trip to the fourth annual Three Rivers Classic at CONSOL Energy Center. Penn State plays the second game of a doubleheader on Monday, Dec. 28 at 7:30 p.m. vs. Robert Morris and will cap the tournament on Tuesday at either 4:30 or 7:30 p.m. vs. UMass Lowell or Clarkson.

I’M COMING HOME
• Two Nittany Lions hail from the Pittsburgh area: Matthew Skoff (McKees Rocks) and Matt Mendelson (Upper St. Clair).

• Skoff participated in the Pittsburgh Penguins development camp this past summer.

SCOUTING THE COLONIALS
The Robert Morris Colonials enter the second half of the season with a 9-4-3 record that includes an 8-3-3 mark in Atlantic Hockey play. Prior to the break, RMU split its previous two series at RIT and a home-and-home with Canisius.

• Robert Morris looking to match last season’s terrific 24-8-5 overall record that included a 19-5-4 showing in AHC play.

• RMU is 5-1-1 at home, 4-3-2 in true road games and has yet to play a neutral site game.

• The Colonials boast one of the nation’s top offenses that ranks tied-for-second in goals per game (4.38) with PSU led by its nation-leading power play. RMU has 23 power-play tallies on an incredible 35.4 percent conversion rate.

• On defense, RMU has conceded 2.69 goals per game and has a penalty kill that is successful 78.9 percent of the time.

• Robert Morris has nine skaters with at least 12 points this season led by seniors Zac Lynch (25), Greg Gibson (21) and Brandon Denham (19). Lynch has 12 goals and 13 assists. Eight of his 12 goals have come on special teams (4 PPG, 4 SHG).

• Senior Terry Shafer (5-3-1) and junior Dalton Izyk (4-1-1) share RMU’s goaltending responsibilities. Shafer has started nine games with a 2.52 GAA and .924 save percentage with two shutouts, while Izyk has a 3.24 GAA and .896 percentage with a lone shutout.

• RMU is led by head coach Derek Schooley who has been in charge of all 12 varsity seasons. Schooley (Western Michigan ‘94) has a career record of 167-182-50.

SERIES HISTORY WITH RMU
All-Time Series: 2-3-0
Home: 0-1-0
Road: 1-0-0
Neutral: 1-2-0
PSU Streak: 1 loss
First Meeting: 12/15/12, RMU 3-2
Last Meeting: 12/29/14, RMU 4-2
Last PSU Win: 12/27/13, 3-2
Last RMU Win: 12/29/14, 4-2
Last Tie: n/a
Largest PSU Win: 5-4 (11/1/13), 3-2 (12/27/13)
Largest RMU Win: 6-0 (12/28/12)

COMMON ENEMIES
Penn State and Robert Morris share four common opponents this season. The Lions are 5-0-1 against Canisius, Sacred Heart, AIC and Niagara, while RMU is 4-2-1.

PRINCETON GAME RECAP (DEC. 11)
No. 16 Penn State withstood a furious Princeton comeback in a 6-3 victory Friday night at Pegula Ice Arena in front of 6,141 fans. Tommy Olczyk recorded Penn State’s third hat trick in program history and his first multi-goal game of his collegiate career.

• Olczyk scored the game’s first two goals two minutes apart in the first 6:16 of action.

Chase Berger tallied a power-play goal midway through the second period and David Glen’s short-handed goal in the final minute made it 4-0 after 40 minutes.

• Princeton made it a one-goal game with less than 13 minutes to play by scoring three straight goals in three minutes.

• Olczyk’s empty-netter secured the hat trick and Curtis Loik scored his fifth of the year with another empty-netter.

• With the win, Penn State set a program record with its ninth-straight unbeaten game.

Matthew Skoff played well in net with several point-blank stops, totaling 22 saves in the game to up his person unbeaten streak to seven. He is 4-1-3 this year.

OLCZYK GRABS B1G WEEKLY HONOR
Tommy Olczyk earned his first weekly honor of his career by being named Big Ten Second Star of the Week. Olczyk tallied the program’s third hat trick. Olczyk scored the game’s first two goals and he iced the game with an empty-netter in the final minute.

UNBEATEN STREAK RUNS TO NINE
• Penn State recorded its first undefeated month (4-0-2) as a Division I program in November and with two wins vs. MSU and another against Princeton, now has a program-best nine-game unbeaten streak.

• Since Nov. 1, PSU has the best winning percentage in the nation (.889) by allowing only 1.56 goals per game, which is fourth during that span.

• Penn State has allowed just two power-play goals during that time, which is tied for the fewest in the nation. PSU’s penalty kill ranks fourth at 92 percent since Nov. 1.

NITTANY LIONS SHUT THE DOOR
• During PSU’s nine-game unbeaten stretch, Penn State goaltenders both ranked in the top 12 in GAA (Eamon McAdam, 4th at 1.25; Matthew Skoff, 12th at 1.75) and save percentage (McAdam 3rd at .958, Skoff 11th at .938).

• The goaltending duo of Eamon McAdam and Matthew Skoff combined a school-record shutout streak of 151 minutes, 13 seconds from Nov. 21-Dec. 4, shattering the previous record by 29 minutes.

MCADAM CONTINUES IMPROVING
Eamon McAdam is having the best start to a season by a PSU netminder in terms of record with a 7-1-0 mark. McAdam has given up just four goals once this season in what was arguably one of his finest performances of the season (Oct. 30 vs. St. Lawrence).

• The junior out of Perkasie, Pennsylvania has allowed just nine even-strength goals this season in 478+ minutes.

• After going 0-9-0 his freshman season, McAdam is 12-5-1 in his last 18 decisions. This season’s 2.01 GAA and .933 save percentage are currently career bests.

SKOFF BACK ON TRACK
Matthew Skoff is 4-0-3 in his last six outings, allowing just 13 goals in 478-plus minutes following the Notre Dame game (7 GA in 44 minutes).

• Skoff has a terrific .933 save percentage and a paltry 1.93 goals-against average in his seven games.

• Skoff is on a career-best seven-game unbeaten streak. His previous best was five games (5-0-0) from Jan. 26, 2013 to Oct. 11, 2013.

GETTING AHEAD, STAYING AHEAD
• Penn State is one of the best teams in the nation when it comes to scoring goals with a lead. PSU ranks second nationally with 42 goals scored with a lead, second only to St. Cloud State (48).

• The Nittany Lions are 8-0-1 when scoring the first goal of a game and have been perfect in closing out leads: 11-0-0 when leading after two periods.

MULTI-GOAL SCORERS
• Penn State is tied for the national lead with 12 multi-goal scorers this season along with St. Cloud State.

• Penn State’s Andrew Sturtz leads the team with three multi-goal games and is one of 10 nationally to achieve the feat.

Chase Berger and Dylan Richard are the other Nittany Lions to score two multi-goal games. David Goodwin, David Glen, Alec Marsh, Tommy Olczyk and Eric Scheid each have one such game apiece.

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 (44.88). PSU is averaging 7.23 shots per game more than second-place Minnesota Duluth (37.65).

• 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 (+16.06). Next closest is Minnesota Duluth (+12.12), which is 3.94 behind.

• Penn State has fired at least 40 shots in 12-of-15 games and 50+ shots on four occasions.

OFFENSE AMONG THE NATION’S BEST
• Penn State’s offense has been one of the best in the country this season, tallying 4.38 goals per game, which is tied for second in NCAA D-I with Monday’s opponent, Robert Morris.

• The Nittany Lions are second nationally in power-play percentage (.304) to RMU (.354) and second in power play goals (21) to the Colonials’ 23.

• Penn State’s five short-handed goals lead the Big Ten and are tied for second in the nation, trailing only Nebraska Omaha (6).

• Penn State’s 3.25 goals per game in the first and second periods combined is tied for the best nationally with, you guessed it, Robert Morris. PSU leads the country in second-period scoring with 1.81 tallies a game, which is tied with Quinnipiac, and a +21 goal margin.

SENIORS LEAD OFFENSE
• Seniors have tallied 73 points, most of any class of Nittany Lions. The breakdown is 25 goals and 48 assists. Seniors have accounted for 41 percent of the team’s point scoring.

• Penn State’s senior class ranks fourth in D-I for most points with 73, trailing only Robert Morris (123), St. Cloud State (97) and Providence (90).

Kenny Brooks (16 points) and Curtis Loik (16) lead the Nittany Lions in point scoring.

• Brooks has tallied a career-high 16 points this season in just 16 games. His previous career high was 12 points in 2012-13.

Luke Juha missed the first three games of the season, but has nine points on two goal and seven assists in 13 games.

• Juha one point off the lead as PSU’s leading scorer from the blue line this season. Juha (9-36—45) 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 eight points in 12 games. Scheid has three goals 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 second in goals (26), tied-fifth in assists (33) and tied-third in points (59).

• PSU’s 1.62 goals per game by freshmen lead the nation.

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

• The freshmen are led by Chase Berger (10-5—14), Andrew Sturtz (8-5—13) and Alec Marsh (5-7—12).

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

NEXT TIME OUT
• Penn State will round out its time in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Dec. 29 at either 4:30 or 7:30 p.m.

• Penn State will face either UMass Lowell or Clarkson inside CONSOL Energy Center. Penn State is seeking its first Three Rivers Classic title.



 

 

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