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Penn State Hockey Moves Up To Program-High No. 12 In USCHO Poll

Penn State hockey (7-1-1) completed yet another series sweep last weekend, and the hockey world took notice — your Nittany Lions are ranked a program-high No. 12 in the USCHO poll.

With 454 voter points, Penn State beat out teams like Ohio State (No. 14), Providence (No. 17), and Michigan (No. 18).

I feel like I give you a weekly disclaimer to take statistics with a grain of salt, but they’re still fun to think about. Currently, Penn State has the No. 2 pk percentage in the nation (93.2%). It boasts the No. 4 offense with an average of 4.22 goals per game, and the No. 7 defense with a two goals allowed per game average. Freshman Denis Smirnov is No. 5 in the country in scoring, with 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) through nine games. Sophomore Andrew Sturtz is tied for No. 5 in goals with eight. Pretty much all of them have been beauties and have landed him on the NCAA top Plays of the Week three times.

Penn State sits at No. 2 in the PairWise rankings. PairWise mimics the NCAA Selection Committee’s process in figuring out teams and seedings for the tournament. The Nittany Lions are back in Pegula this weekend for a series with Alaska Anchorage.

About the Author

Sara Civian

Sara Civian is one of Onward State's three ridiculously good looking managing editors, a hockey writer at heart, and an Oxford comma Stan. She's a senior majoring in journalism, minoring in history, and living at Bill Pickle's Tap Room. Her favorite pastimes are telling people she's from Boston, watching the Bruins, and meticulously dissecting the My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album. She's seen Third Eye Blind live 14 times. If you really hate yourself, you can follow her at @SaraCivian or email her at [email protected]


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