Penn State Hockey: Skoff Recognized for Shutout Victory
He was a critical part of Penn State's first ever Big Ten conference victory and the league noticed, naming sophomore goaltender Matthew Skoff the Big Ten's Second Star of the Week.
Skoff put together a 32-save shutout against No. 10 Michigan and made key saves all game long as the Nittany Lions battled without two defenseman who were injured during the game. Despite strong play by other goaltenders, Skoff remains the only netminder to have registered a victory this season.
The win this past weekend marked the program's second against a ranked opponent and the first against a team ranked in the Top 10. Skoff's shutout was the third of his Penn State career, the most recent coming a year to the day of his shutout against Michigan.
"I think it's a great team award." Head coach Guy Gadowsky says. "Obviously, it's for Skoffer, but I think everybody played hard defensively. I think they all take pride in that.”
Wisconsin goaltender Joel Rumpel earned Big Ten First Star of the Week honors, while Michigan State forward Greg Wolfe was named the conference’s third star. The Nittany Lions (5-18-1, 1-9-0-0 Big Ten) will return to action this weekend when they host Michigan State (8-13-6, 2-5-5-3 Big Ten) at Pegula Ice Arena Feb. 14-15.