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Penn State Hockey: Nittany Lions Ranked No.3 In Latest USCHO Poll

by on December 05, 2016 1:55 PM

Penn State hockey is No.3 in the latest USCHO poll marking the highest ranking in program history as the Nittany Lions ride the nation's longest winning streak at 11-games and unbeaten streak of 13-games into the holiday season.

This past weekend Penn State dispatched No.20 Michigan 6-1 and 5-1 respectively on a Thursday/Friday series to open up Big Ten play. The Nittany Lions won't play again until January 6th at Ohio State.

The key to Penn State's success? An explosive offense that ranks best in the nation at just over four goals a game and a equally stout defense giving up fewer than two per contest. Freshman forward Denis Smirnov and Andrew Sturtz are two of the nation's best with Smirnov third nationally in total points while Sturtz second with 13 goals just behind the national lead of 16. 

Freshman goalie Peyton Jones is ninth in the nation in save percentage.and is 11-0-1 on the season.

Penn State si 13-1-1 after a 10-game home stand to end the out of conference schedule.

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