Penn State Hockey: Limoges Having Fun, Setting Records And Chasing History
Alex Limoges is having fun.
Sitting at 48 points on the year, you would blame him if he wasn't enjoying a record-setting year, now Penn State's new single-season points leader.
And coming off of a five-goal weekend against Wisconsin, it's hard to imagine a better way to start the postseason.
"Production, with the importance of those games I don't think I have," Limoges said earlier this week, trying to find a better performance in his career. "Maybe last year against Minnesota in the playoffs, I felt like my game stepped up. This is a fun time of year, it's fun to play in the playoffs and it's fun to be winning games in the playoffs."
It's fun to watch the sophomore too, his strength on the puck and ability to find teammates has given him points on seven different game-winning goals, and 27 games with at least a point in 37 of the Nittany Lions' outings.
"I think when things are going your way it feels good and the puck keeps coming back to you and it seems like al the bounces are going your way and that's how it felt last weekend and it felt good," he added.
In the span of just a year Limoges has found himself suddenly rising up free agency lists. At 21, he's too old to take part in the NHL Entry Draft, which means when a team comes calling now, signing on the dotted line means no more college hockey, no more Penn State. A big call to make, a life changing decision to make.
But one thing at a time.
"It's really exciting," Limoges said of his future. "It's fun to see Big Ten players sign the past couple of days, but right now I'm still focused on the playoffs. Obviously it's an exciting time but I've got a lot of stuff to do and I want to continue my schooling, stuff like that. The biggest thing is winning this game against Ohio State."
All of the big picture things aside, all of the thoughts about team aside, Limoges has had four different runs of goals in consecutive games, he has scored six times in the last four outings.
And how could you not enjoy that? Being two points behind Taro Hirose, the nation's leader in points. Sure Limoges is worried about his team and their season, but that doesn't mean he hasn't enjoyed his own achievements along the way.
"Take a step back and, like, wow," Limoges said. "That's impressive, setting the record for Penn State this past game and this past game and seeing oh man, I'm only two points behind Hirose and he's not playing anymore, that would be really cool if I surpass him and become first in the country, but obviously that's not my main goal, so I'm just playing to live another day."
He'll get a chance to do just that this Sunday as Penn State takes on Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals at 3:30 on the Big Ten Network.