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Penn State Hockey: Goodwin Honored For Overtime Heroics

by on February 26, 2014 7:25 AM

David Goodwin scored two of the biggest goals of his collegiate career and perhaps his hockey career this past weekend.

He knocked in a key goal in the first period against No. 10 ranked Michigan on the road and an overtime winner later that night to give Penn State the comeback win.

And as a result, the Big Ten conference named Goodwin its Third Star of The Week, the second weekly honor a Penn State player has picked up this season. Matthew Skoff earned a Star of The Week award for his efforts in a shutout win over Michigan earlier in the season.

"Even without those two goals I thought he had his best game of the year," Head coach Guy Gadowksy said of Goodwin's performance. "He just played so well, he took care of the puck well. He was a very productive player without being a risky player and won battles as well. If he hadn't had any goals, he (still) would have had his best game of the year."

Goodwin currently ranks fifth among conference freshman with 0.58 points per game.

In addition to his conference recognition, Goodwin also found himself at No.8 on ESPN's Top 10 Plays of The Day -- a highlight reel that airs at the top of the hour each day. With the highlight of his 2-on-1 overtime goal playing on national TV, Goodwin's phone kept blowing up.

"It was funny," Goodwin said. "They replay near the top of the hour so all night I would get a few texts, wait 55 minutes or so and then get even more texts."

The Nittany Lions will return to action this weekend when they face off against No. 2/2 Minnesota Feb. 28-March 1 in their final road trip of the regular season. Friday night's game will air live on BTN at 9 p.m. The puck drop on Saturday is set for 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Network. 

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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