PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

Peyton Jones Had Been There Before

240:16 minutes. 118 saves on 123 shots. 3 wins.

Peyton Jones’ performance in net for Penn State men’s hockey throughout the Big Ten Tournament won him Most Outstanding Player, an accolade he deserved even if the Nittany Lions ended up losing the championship. With the help of Penn State’s defense, the young goalie staved off Wisconsin — a hungry team whose only way into the NCAA Tournament was to win.  He did this in double overtime, after winning in double overtime the night before. You know the story by now.

“For goalies, [long, high-stakes games] are more taxing mentally. One shot and the game’s over,” Jones said.

He knows about that one shot on an intimate level. His composure on the big stage with the post-season and a Big Ten title on the line was telling, especially on a team looking a bit shaky headed into the tournament. It wasn’t the first time he proved elite in a double overtime high-stakes situation, though. Jones’ experience in the 2016 USHL playoffs prepared him for an eerily similar situation in the Big Ten Tournament just a year later.

The Hobey Baker nominee ended up on the losing side the first time around, but the fact that his team survived for as long as it did was virtually his own doing. His USHL team, the Lincoln Stars, ended last season with a 4-3 double overtime loss to the Waterloo Black Hawks — despite Jones’ 60+ saves.

The teams were tied 1-1 through the first period, scored four goals from 12:48 to 18:36 in the second, then went scoreless for the next 50 minutes and 56 seconds. Midway through the second overtime, Ronnie Hein capitalized on a Lincoln neutral zone turnover for the game-winner, sneaking past Jones’ left shoulder to clinch the series 3-1.

Perhaps this experience primed Jones for the veteran-caliber Big Ten Tournament play. Perhaps the Stars’ addition of a goalie coach, an atypical move in the USHL at the time, played a hand in his future Most Outstanding Player accolade as well. Jones’ former goalie coach Clay Adams gives most of the credit to him, though.

I really didn’t do a ton to be honest — a lot of it is on him,” he said. “The big changes we tried to instill with him were about having a plan for every situation. If he felt a little unsure about certian situations we made sure to get reps in for those scenarios during practice so they weren’t in his mind during games. We put most emphasis on the uncomfortable.”

Adams said the biggest change he’s noticed in Jones is his mentality when things do stray from the plan. Instead of getting down when a bad goal goes in like he used to, he’s able to bounce back mentally and physically. On top of zeroing in on weaknesses during practice, Adams thinks Jones’ mentality shift comes from the ability to grow from tough losses — a talent reserved for “better” goalies.

A completely exhausted Jones greeted the media after 240:16 minutes of mental and physical effort with a Big Ten title to show for it. “Like the guys were saying in the locker room [headed into double overtime], we’ve been here before. And we have. We were there 24 hours ago.”

Yes, the whole team was there just a day before and it ended in a win. But Jones found himself on the bad end of “there” a year ago. He wasn’t about to let it end like that again.

 

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]

Comments

More by Sara

Penn State Hockey Defenseman Vince Pedrie Signs With New York Rangers

Penn State hockey sophomore defenseman Vince Pedrie will forgo his last two years of college eligibility to sign with the New York Rangers. Pedrie announced his decision via Instagram (what a time to be alive, right?) Monday night.

[Column] Penn State Hockey Became Elite This Season And It’s Just The Beginning

Penn State Ruined College Hockey And It Could Hardly Care

Athletics

Penn State Women’s Soccer Beats Duquesne 6-0

Emily Ogle, Frankie Tagliaferri, Kerry Abello, Rachel Wasserman, and Kim Dubs scored for the Nittany Lions in Sunday’s lopsided victory.

Shea Moyer Lifts Penn State Women’s Soccer Past West Virginia 1-0

Penn State Women’s Soccer Poised For Strong 2018 Season

Incoming Penn State Track & Field Athlete Kristian Marche Shot To Death In Philadelphia

Former Women’s Gymnastics Coach Files Lawsuit Against Penn State Over Handling Of Abuse Allegations

Student Life

Lisa Salters To Serve As 2018 Homecoming Grand Marshal

The Grand Marshal will be present at many of Homecoming’s events throughout the week and will be featured in the parade Friday night.

Student Body President Cody Heaton Welcomes Class of 2022 At Convocation

Start The Semester Off Right With These Welcome Week Activities

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Onward State is hiring for the fall semester and we’d love to have you join us.

Penn State Officially Welcomes Class Of 2022 At Convocation

The Class of 2022 joined the Penn State family Saturday evening at Convocation.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Assessing Penn State’s Front Seven Following Tuesday’s Medical Retirements

Penn State’s defensive line rotation will be shaken up following Ryan Buchholz’s medical retirement from football, while the coaching staff is letting the linebackers duel it out during camp.

Send this to a friend