Penn State Hockey: Gadowsky Still Enjoying First Taste of Victory
Penn State men's hockey coach Guy Gadowsky met with reporters Thursday to catch up on an eventful first week of Division I hockey at Penn State. Currently sitting at 1-1 on the year, the Nittany Lions are still enjoying the overtime victory against American International this past Saturday.
Here are a few of the talking points.
PJ Musico got the start in net this past Saturday after Matthew Skoff got the nod for the season opener. Gadowsky addressed his approach to the position.
"I wanted to see him [Musico] against Division I competition. He's a fantastic athlete and he's worked very, very hard and deserves a shot at Division I competition. I thought he passed with flying colors. What you didn't see was a huge glove save, the best save of the night, with just a few minutes left to preserve the lead for us. He deserves a lot more credit for the win than he may have gotten.
"If we have two goalies playing strong, then we'll keep going that way. If we have one guy emerge as a clear leader, then he'll be our guy."
Two games into the season is too early to set any lines in stone, but even so, six periods of hockey has given Gadowsky an idea of the kind of combination he's looking for down the road.
"We don't know what we have yet, a sense yes, but we aren't going to label any lines right now. We knew right away that we wanted to put the line of Curt Loik, David Glen, and Kenny Brooks together. They all have great work ethic, great habits, and are all big, tough guys. That was a bit of a no-brainer. There are two lines playing this week that you haven't seen, and we'll keep trying a few things."
The First Week As A Whole
"I really had a great time last year, and it was fun and we had a great locker room, and we did a good job laying that foundation; but now that we're in it, I don't sleep at night, I dream about hockey. I haven't dreamed about hockey in a long time and I'm dreaming about it again. It just gets you going in the morning. You run to the office, you can't wait to see the guys practice, can't wait to see how they play. It's so exciting to play. It's why we came to play here. The win still hasn't worn off yet."