Penn State Hockey Commit Jared Westcott Wins USHL Championship
Penn State men’s hockey commit Jared Westcott and the Sioux Falls Stampede captured the USHL championship on Saturday night.
The Stampede took down the Chicago Steel by sweeping the best-of-five championship series. Sioux Falls won each of the first two games by a final score of 3-2 before winning 5-1 on the road in game 3. Saturday’s victory capped off an 11-1 postseason run in which the Stampede didn’t lose on home ice.
Westcott, who committed to Penn State in December, scored five goals and chipped in an assist during the playoffs. He scored the game-winning goal with 5:01 to play in the first game of the Clark Cup Final, and he also scored an empty-netter in game 3.
The left wing is currently slated to join Penn State for the 2020-21 season. He finished his first regular season in the USHL by scoring 15 goals and 24 assists (39 points) in 54 appearances.
A Penn State recruit has now secured the Clark Cup for the second consecutive season. Westcott won the title a year after current Penn State defenseman Evan Bell won it all with the Fargo Force.
Rising sophomore Paul DeNaples spent his junior career in Sioux Falls and served as the Stampede’s captain in 2017-18. The Penn State defenseman congratulated the team on Twitter following its victory.
In addition to DeNaples, rising junior Alex Stevens spent two seasons with the Stampede before joining Penn State. Former Nittany Lion Alec Marsh also played for Sioux Falls during his junior career.
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