PJ Musico Earns Big Ten’s Third Star of the Week
After a series sweep of Wisconsin last weekend, goaltender PJ Musico was honored as the Big Ten Third Star of the Week for the first time of his career.
— Penn State Hockey (@PennStateMHKY) February 10, 2015
Musico played a crucial role in both wins over the Badgers last weekend to carry No. 19 Penn State (15-7-4, 7-2-1 B1G) to its first ever season sweep of a Big Ten opponent. On Friday night, Musico made 35 saves en route to a 5-2 win that saw the Nittany Lions score four unanswered after the first period.
“That (second period) could’ve turned out to be much, much, different,” said coach Guy Gadowsky about Musico after the win. “He let in two early and came back. He’s very solid back there in a lot of ways.”
It was more of the same from Musico on Saturday, as his 27 saves propelled the Nittany Lions to a 4-1 win over the Badgers. Musico finished with 62 saves and a .952 saves percentage on the weekend.
Musico’s rise to starting goaltender has been somewhat unconventional, as he was behind both Matthew Skoff and Eamon McAdam on the depth chart coming into the season. However, poor play from Skoff and McAdam forced Gadowsky to give Musico a shot, and he hasn’t disappointed. Musico is now 4-0-1 in his last five appearances.
Musico’s honors now means that all three Penn State goaltenders have earned weekly honors this season. The Nittany Lions are back in action this weekend at Michigan State as they try to catch Michigan for the top spot in the Big Ten standings.