Penn State Wins Big in Wrestling and Hockey

Last weekend was all about the Nittany Lions, with huge victories for both Penn State wrestling and men's hockey on Saturday.

The day started out with the Penn State wrestling team earning its sixth national championship title in seven years. Later that night, the Penn State hockey team earned its first Big Ten championship title ever, sending them to the NCAA tournament for the first time ever.

No. 1 Ranking Just the Beginning for Nittany Lions

In the early days of Pegula Ice Arena, the Penn State men’s ice hockey team held an open midnight practice in their home rink.

The event drew a good-sized crowd, and head coach Guy Gadowsky skated toward the student section, where the fans had gathered. Gadowsky thanked everyone for coming out, and then the team went through some drills as folks snapped photos and nibbled on the first offering of hockey inside the state-of-the-art arena.

Sure, it was just a glimpse, but standing inside the building that night, I remember that I couldn't shake this feeling:

Penn State Hockey Is No. 1 for First Time Ever

For the first time in program history, the Penn State men's ice hockey team is ranked No. 1 in the nation.

Following their home sweep of Michigan State last weekend, the Nittany Lions (16-2-1) jumped from No. 4 to the top spot, earning a whopping 30 first place votes in the latest USCHO poll. Denver received the second-most first place votes with just 16.

Player to Watch: We Sit Down With Freshman Goaltender Peyton Jones

Peyton Jones’ first time in goal for the Penn State ice hockey team went pretty well by most standards — or actually, by any standard.

The tall and lanky freshman from Langhorne, Pa., became the first Nittany Lion freshman goaltender to earn a win in his first career start. After giving up an early goal, Jones settled down, stopping 28 of 30 shots overall, including all but one of the 23 shots he faced in the second and third periods.

Hockey Program Proves Success

In one form or another, here’s the question that awaits the Penn State men’s ice hockey team this season:

What’s next?

Head coach Guy Gadowsky and the Nittany Lions have already proven that the program’s success is sustainable, along with the fan support from the university, student body and at-large community.

As evidence, season tickets are again sold out, though you can join the waiting list. Ticket information is available on the team’s website.


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