Nittany Lions to Face Off Against Princeton this Friday at Home

Nittany Lions to Face Off Against Princeton this Friday at Home

Hoping to continue their winning streak, the Penn State Nittany Lions (10-2-3, 2-0-0-0) will take on the Princeton Tigers (4-8-0, 3-5-0) this Friday at 7p.m. at home as part of a one game series.

Thanks to their sweep against Michigan State last week, Penn State men’s ice hockey is currently ranked 16th in the nation. The team is looking to maintain their nine game winning streak, a program record, this weekend at home at the Pegula Ice Arena.

This Friday will be the last home game of 2015 for the Lions, who have already had tremendous success this year. This will also be the first time that Penn State faces Princeton in men’s ice hockey, ensuring an electrifying game.

Adding to the heat of the game is the history of head coach Guy Gadowsky. Gadowsky worked with Princeton hockey for seven years before coming to his current home in Happy Valley where has been for the past four years.

The Princeton Tigers, who are averaging 2.25 goals per game, have had a rough go so far this season, and have faced competitive opponents such as St. Lawrence (1-5, L) and Harvard (1-3, L). It is likely that the Tigers will be unable to keep up with the fast-paced play of the Big 10 superstar Nittany Lions, whose onslaught of shots per game, 30.67, intimidate any opponent.

Penn State owns nearly double the number of shots taken this season as Princeton (673-368), and scores almost twice the number of goals per game (4.27-2.25). Likewise, the Nittany Lions rip 44.87 shots per game on average, while the Tigers are suffering with a measly 30.67.

Fans can expect to see a start from goalie Matt Skoff (McKees, Pa.) who is 3-0-3 in his last six outings. He has allowed only 10 goals in over 410 minutes following the Notre Dame series. He also boasts a .936 save percentage and is currently the owner of a career-best six-game undefeated streak.

Andrew Sturtz (Buffalo, N.Y.) is likely to have another phenomenal game after demonstrating superior skill against Michigan State and notching two goals.

“We love watching his heart… he’s very skilled, he’s very powerful,” commented Gadowsky.

With this game being the final competition of 2015 for Penn State men’s ice hockey, all in attendance are guaranteed exhilarating play from the Lions who are favored for the win. Come on out to the Pegula Ice Arena this Friday evening and let your roar be heard in the Roar Zone! We Are…Hockey Valley!

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