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Penn State Hockey Earns First USCHO Ranking In Program History

The Nittany Lions are ranked 20th in their first appearance in the poll.

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For the first time in their two and a half seasons as a Division I program, the Penn State men's hockey program finds themselves ranked among some of the best teams in the nation as they jumped into the USCHO rankings this week at #20.

The Nittany Lions are 9-4-2 on the season, including a 3-1 mark in the Big Ten, good enough to sit atop the conference rankings. An early season victory over Michigan and a sweep of Wisconsin proved that Penn State had the mettle to play in the Big Ten and a win over then fourth-ranked UMass-Lowell in November told the college hockey world that Guy Gadowsky's squad is going to be a player on the national stage sooner rather than later.

The Lions return to the ice on December 29th when they'll take on #19 Robert Morris in the first round of the Three Rivers Classic in Pittsburgh.