Penn State Hockey Rises To Program-High No. 8 In USCHO Poll
Penn State hockey (11-1-1)’s eleven-game unbeaten streak is the longest in the nation. Last weekend’s fourth consecutive sweep (this time over Arizona State) landed it another record breaker: the No. 8 spot in the USCHO poll.
The Nittany Lions tallied 615 voter points, an improvement on last week’s 515 and No. 10 ranking. They beat out Big Ten opponents No. 11 Minnesota, No. 13 Ohio State, and No. 16 Michigan.
Currently, Penn State has the No. 1 offense in the nation with a 4.77 goals per game average. Its defense is in a three-way tie for fourth, with a two goals allowed per game average. Freshman Denis Smirnov ties for second in scoring in the nation with 22 points (nine goals, 13 assists). Andrew Sturtz ties for fourth in goals with 10. Smirnov ties for third in assists with 13 — David Goodwin and Trevor Hamilton are close behind at fifth with 12 assists apiece. Sturtz ties for first in the nation with two shorthanded goals (I know this isn’t some big time stat but we’re having fun here, okay?!) and Berger ties for fifth with 4 power play goals. Goaltender Peyton Jones’ goals against average (2.1639) is good for No. 17 in the nation.
Penn State is back in Pegula as it enters Big Ten play against everyone’s favorite foe (Michigan) on Dec. 1. This’ll be an intense series.