David Goodwin Named B1G Second Star of the Week
As if sweeping Michigan wasn’t enough, Penn State hockey received more good news this week as sophomore forward David Goodwin was named the Big Ten’s Second Star of the Week.
In last Saturday’s game against the Ohio State Buckeyes, top-line center Taylor Holstrom fell awkwardly on his leg and it was announced that he’d likely be out for the season the following week. With the team’s second-leading scorer out of the lineup, head coach Guy Gadowsky made what turned out to be the perfect move in shifting Goodwin from left wing to center and moving Tommy Olczyk up to round out the new top line along with Casey Bailey.
Friday night, in Goodwin’s first game at his new position, he scored the second goal of the game to put the Nittany Lions ahead of Michigan 2-0. Penn State went on to win 6-4, and the top line accounted for 13 of the team’s 43 shots.
The next night, Goodwin caught fire as he played a part in all four Nittany Lion goals. Penn State won 4-3, and he scored the first goal of the game before assisting on three more from Scott Conway, Erik Autio, and Tommy Olczyk.
This is the second time this season that Goodwin has won the award, and it is the third in his career. The Big Ten’s First Star this week was Michigan State goalie Jake Hildebrand, who allowed no goals over the weekend, and the Third Star was Michigan State forward Matt Berry, who scored both of his team’s game-winning goals over Wisconsin.
Penn State will be back in action this weekend at Minnesota, as it tries to win its way out of the logjam at the top of the Big Ten standings in the last weekend of the regular season. Both games will be at 8:00 p.m., and will air on the American Sports Network and FOX Sports North+ respectively.