Penn State University

PSU Hockey Sweeps Michigan with 5-1 Win

The Nittany Lion men's hockey team completes a two-game sweep of the Michigan Wolverines to open up Big Ten conference play in dominating fashion.

No. 7 Penn State men's hockey found the net five times against No. 20 Michigan (6-7-1) in the second game of the squad's weekend double header in Pegula Ice Arena. The win advances the Nittany Lions to 13-1-1 on the season which includes the longest unbeaten streak in the nation (12-0-1). 

PSU had a strong performance thanks to 4-for-8 scoring against Michigan's penalty killing unit which was ranked top in the nation at the start of the series. On the other side, the Lions went 6-for-6 on penalty kills and now lead the nation with 62-for-67 killed (92.5 percent).

Five different Nittany Lions found the net in the game with James Robinson opening up the scoring which was immediately answered by Michigan's Cutler Martin. About 12 minutes later Trevor Hamilton scored the go-ahead goal on a power play.

Forward Denis Smirnov scored the fourth goal of the game and is now tied with both Casey Bailey and Andrew Sturtz for Penn State's single-season record for freshman scoring with 27 points.

In the two game tilt, Penn State outscored Michigan 11-2. The Nittany Lions have now swept five straight series this season.

The two meetings against Michigan this weekend marks the 15th and 16th games in the all-time series, with the teams' all-time record now tied at 8-8-0 while Penn State now has a 5-2 record at home in Pegula Ice Arena.

The Lions will resume Big Ten play after the new year with a double header against Ohio State on Friday, January 6 and Saturday, January 7.


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