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The Penn Stater Daily — March 21, 2014

Hail to the victors: Penn State lined up against No. 12 Michigan on Thursday in the first ever Big Ten hockey tournament game, and for the third time in five meetings this season, the Nittany Lions came out on top. It took 52 saves from goalie Matthew Skoff, a breakaway goal from Taylor Holstrom, a spinning puck kicked off the goal line—with about a millimeter to spare—by Eric Scheid, and a 93rd-minute goal by freshman Zach Saar, but the Lions advanced with a 2-1, double-overtime win. You can see all the highlights below:

Penn State is set to face Wisconsin in the tournament semifinals at 3 p.m. today.

Dynasty building: The top-ranked Nittany Lion wrestling team stands in first place after Thursday’s opening day at the NCAA championship meet in Oklahoma City. The meet continues Friday and wraps up Saturday night, when coach Cael Sanderson’s squad will be looking to clinch its fourth straight national title. Meanwhile, the men’s and women’s fencing teams—ranked 1st and 5th nationally—enter the NCAA Championships in Columbus today looking to add the program’s 13th overall national title. And the Lady Lion basketball team, a No. 3 seed, opens NCAA tournament play at home Sunday against Wichita State.

A hazing death? The suicide of a Penn State Altoona freshman has become national news as police investigate a possible connection to fraternity hazing. Marquise Braham died Friday in Long Island, and the Altoona chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa has been suspended by the campus pending an investigation.

Change is constant: In the latest in a series previewing spring football practice, Mike Poorman ’82 of focuses on redshirt junior Anthony Alosi, one of the few Lions to be suiting up for their fourth spring practice—meaning, of course, that’s he’s done so for three head coaches. It’s a cool perspective, and a reminder of how just much change the veterans on this team have witnessed during their careers.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

March 21, 2014 at 11:51 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Feb. 10, 2014


Hail to the victors: The Nittany Lion hockey team recorded its first Big Ten victory in emphatic fashion on Saturday, shutting out 10th-ranked Michigan, 4-0, at Pegula Arena. Sophomore goaltender Matthew Skoff (above) made 32 saves, while classmate David Glen, back on the ice after missing three games to donate bone marrow, scored one of the Penn State goals.

The happiest place at sea: Ever wonder what it’s like to perform musical theater on a ship at sea? Raye Lederman ’12 dishes on that and much more in this Q&A about her time as performer on a Disney cruise ship.

For the Dance: It’s not quite THON, but the 13th annual Spirit Against Cancer dance and cheer competition Saturday at Penn State Behrend did raise more than $5,000 for cancer research. The competition brings together dozens of scholastic cheer and dance teams and honors the memory of former Behrend dance team coach Becky Hubler Decker.

An issue that matters: Penn State student leaders this month will meet (via video conference) with members of President Obama’s newly formed White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. It’s part of an increased effort by the government and universities to prevent and raise awareness about sexual assault.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

February 10, 2014 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

Hockey Draws a (Media) Crowd


Forward Taylor Holstrom (left), goalie Matthew Skoff (middle), and defenseman Nate Jensen were among the Penn State hockey players who met with the news media today.

The talk was all about the new arena and the new Big Ten ice hockey conference as Penn State men’s coach Guy Gadowsky and six of his players met with the news media today, 11 days before the start of the season.

About 40 reporters crowded into the media room at the brand-new Pegula Ice Arena this afternoon; that’s probably more than will show up game in and game out, but still, it was an impressive turnout. Here are a few notes from the media session:


Men’s head coach Guy Gadowsky

—Gadowsky says the new arena has raised Penn State’s visibility as he and his coaches recruit throughout the country and in Canada: “We’ve received as much excitement outside State College as in State College, even across the border.”

—He promises an aggressive, crowd-pleasing style of play: “I think we play a fun, exciting brand of hockey: Go hard to the net, put shots on goal. That will excite our fans.”

—NCAA rules prescribe a very short period of official practices before the season starts. The team has been having “captain’s practices,” but the coach-run practices won’t start until this Friday, Oct. 4—and the season starts just a week later. (Gadowsky says he doesn’t know a hockey coach in America who wouldn’t like to see that rule changed.)

—Three players are fighting it out for the role of goalkeeper: junior PJ Musico, sophomore Matthew Skoff, and freshman Eamon McAdam. “The goalies are just thrilled to work together,” Skoff says, “and we feed off each other.” If Gadowsky has any inkling as to which one will get the nod, he isn’t saying.

—The team, understandably, is very happy to be in the new Pegula Arena. “We’re very fortunate, very spoiled,” says Skoff. One of his favorite parts is the student section, which is directly behind the visiting team’s goalie. Says Skoff: “I feel bad for the opposing goaltender coming in here.”

—Penn State hockey is only in its second year as a varsity sport; it obviously doesn’t have the same tradition as teams like Michigan and Minnesota. But the Nittany Lions are hoping to surprise some people this year. According to defenseman Nate Jensen, “We like the underdog role.”

Tina Hay, editor

September 30, 2013 at 3:57 pm 1 comment

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