PSU hockey heads to Arizona State for two-game series

UNIVERSITY PARK -- The Penn State men's hockey team is off to a somewhat bumpy start, but there's plenty of time to right the ship.

Two weeks ago, Penn State fell to Mercyhurst 7-4 in the first matchup of the series on Friday night. Penn State then came back the next night to defeat the Lakers 7-5, splitting the series.

It was a record night for Andrew Sturtz, as he topped former Nittany Lion Casey Bailey for first place in the program's goal scoring record with 46 total goals. That's eight goals so far for Sturtz this season, but the record-setting didn't stop there. Sturtz set a new single-game Penn State record with four assists that night -- his fourth multi-point game of the season and the 22nd of his career. Captain James Robinson became the fifth Nittany Lion to register a hat trick, all three of his goals being his firsts of the season. 

Last weekend the Nittany Lions fell to the Fighting Irish, losing both games in their first series of B1G conference play. Friday night Penn State got close, losing to Notre Dame 5-3, but Saturday night the Irish made sure to hold off the Lions, sealing a 1-0 shutout. Peyton Jones was able to save make 26 saves but lost sight of the puck with a scrap infront of the net. Denis Smirnov was still missing from the series as the weekend before coach Guy Gadowsky said he was out with an illness.
 
This weekend, Penn State is in Arizona to face the Sun Devils (non-conference) for the first time in program history. They will faceoff Friday at 10 p.m. ET and Saturday at 9:05 p.m. ET at Gila Arena, home of the Arizona Coyotes.

Penn State will return home during the Thanksgiving break to face Michigan State at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 24 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25.

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