Penn State and Vermont skated to a 3-3 tie on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013.
NITTANY LION CAREER
2014-15 Appeared in all 37 games, scoring three goals and two assists for five points … Two-point game in the series finale at New Hampshire (1/24) … Dished out an assist in the following game, against Syracuse (1/30) … Took 53 shots, taking a season-best four in four contests … Blocked 34 shots, including a six-block performance against Quinnipiac (10/12).
2013-14 Played in all 36 games at center, tallying six points on a goal and five assists...Opened collegiate career with a three-game point streak by tallying four assists: two at Vermont (10/4), one at Vermont (10/5) and one at Quinnipiac (10/11)...Scored first collegiate goal against New Hampshire (10/26).
BEFORE PENN STATE
Member of two-time Minnesota High School AA runner-up Edina High School (2010-11), while leading the team to the AA semifinals junior year...Has tallied career totals of 200 points from 72 goals and 126 assists in four years of high school hockey...Helped lead Edina to three section titles in 2010-12 ... Named All-Lake Conference four times and to the State All-Tournament team in 2011 ... Participated in the USA Hockey Developmental Camp in 2011 ... Played in the Minnesota Elite League in 2011 and 2012 ... Played club hockey for the Minnesota Ice Cats 2009-13.
Sarah Frances Nielsen was born December 2, 1994 in Des Moines, Iowa to Chris and Kathy Nielsen, who played volleyball at Iowa State ... Has an older brother, Zach, an older sister, Emily, and a younger sister, Kate...Grandfather, Dave Nielsen, graduated from Penn State in 1974 ... Intends to major in nutritional sciences ... Hopes to pursue sports nutrition and personal training upon graduation.
QUOTING NIELSEN ON PENN STATE
"I fell in love with Penn State because of the coaching staff, their team-first philosophy and type of hockey tradition they're trying to build. I also loved the beautiful campus and college town feel."
QUOTING BRANDWENE ON NIELSEN
"Sarah is a fantastic two-way forward with an outstanding hockey IQ, and impressive maturity and poise. She has skill, strength, a positive attitude, and tremendous work ethic. Sarah will be a difference-maker for us at both ends of the ice."