No. 2 Men's Hockey Returns Next Week on the Road
Ohio State, which is a team unused to a ranked status, could be a potential upset threat to the 13-1-1 record and undefeated Big Ten scoreboard of the Nittany Lions.
The Buckeyes have had a mixed schedule this year, and have struggled defensively in multiple games, allowing multiple goals per game, even against weaker opponents.
However, Ohio State has come up big with wins against stellar teams like UConn and No. 9 Minnesota, the only other ranked Big Ten team aside from PSU and OSU.
Speaking of which, did you notice the beautiful No. 2 ranking next to Penn State? NCAA has voted Penn State into No. 2 ranking, right behind hockey powerhouse Minnesota Duluth. Penn State also received 3 votes for the number one spot, the most ever in the program.
The Nittany Lions are ranked No. 2 in both the USA Today/ USA Hockey rankings as well as the USCHO.com rankings.
This is also the highest Penn State Hockey has ever been ranked in the history of the program.
While the Nittany Lions prepare to take on the Buckeyes in what is usually a pretty chippy and scrappy game, the Lions will now have one extra weapon in their arsenal: Brett Murray (Toronto, Ontario).
Murray is a Buffalo Sabres draft pick and early signee. Murray has opted to forgo the rest of his junior season and will play with Penn State for the remained of his days before heading to the Sabres.
Although it is unusual for a player to join a college team mid-season, Head Coach Guy Gadowsky welcomes the 6’5 powerhouse.
You can look for Murray to hit the ice against Ohio State wearing number 18 next weekend.
If you’re tired out from all that Rose Bowl traveling and can’t make it to Columbus, we understand. You can listen in on Friday at 7 p.m. and on Saturday at 8 p.m. here.
Penn State Hockey returns to Pegula Ice arena against Michigan State on Friday, January 13 at 7 p.m.