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No. 5 Penn State Hockey Travels To No. 6 Ohio State

It is early in the season but the weekend series will be a critical early test for both teams.

Photo by Heather Weikel

Coming off a split with Michigan to kick off the Big Ten hockey season, the Lions (9-2-0) go on the road for the first time in conference play. Ohio State (8-3-1) is coming off four straight wins, before that the Buckeyes split a series on the road with Notre Dame.

Mason Jobst (10) and Tanner Laczynski (11) lead Ohio State in scoring this season and are well known with Big Ten hockey fans. In net, similar to the Lions’ approach so far this season, there has been a platoon between Sean Romeo and Tommy Nappier. Each goalie has played well, the senior Romeo has experience and Nappier, a sophomore, has been sharp, with a .958% save percentage and 1.26 goals against average.

Notre Dame is out to an early lead in conference point standings with 12, on a 4-2 start. Ohio State stands in second place with 9 points through 4 games. Penn State split its only series thus far with Michigan last week, and a split or better this weekend would be great for the team.

Penn State will travel to Madison next week and then host Notre Dame the following week, before taking a near month-long break in conference play from December 8 to January 4. Just one game with Princeton, on December 15 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, is on the slate during the gap in conference play.

With football season coming to an end shortly, and the B1G hockey schedule set to begin in full force, the seasons are changing from fall to winter sports. This year should be a fun ride for Guy Gadowsky and his stacked Penn State team.