Penn State Hockey Rises to No. 6 in USCHO Poll

By Nick Polak on November 18, 2019 at 4:25 pm
Penn State hockey forward Denis Smirnov

Fresh off of a weekend sweep of Minnesota, Penn State (9-2) finds itself climbing in the USCHO Poll once again, moving up to No. 6 in the country. The Lions dominated the Gophers in Minneapolis, winning 8-2 on Friday night and 6-3 on Saturday.

The new ranking is a high-water mark for the season, surpassing the previous high of No. 9. Penn State boasts one of the country's most explosive offenses, ranking third in goals per game (4.73), and have improved greatly on the defensive side, allowing just 2.27 goals against per game (18th in the country).

The Nittany Lions will get a chance to prove the ranking is for real this weekend when the No. 11 Buckeyes come into town for a two-game set at Pegula Ice Arena. A crucial showdown with No. 3 Notre Dame also looms on the horizon in mid-December.

Aside from the Fighting Irish and Buckeyes, Wisconsin was the only other Big Ten team to be ranked this week, coming in at No. 16.

Full poll:

1 Minnesota State
2 Cornell
3 Notre Dame
4 Denver
5 North Dakota
6 Penn State
7 Massachusetts
8 Clarkson
9 Minnesota Duluth
10 Harvard
11 Ohio State
12 Providence
13 Northeastern
14 Boston College
15 UMass Lowell
16 Wisconsin
17 Bowling Green
18 Omaha
19 Northern Michigan
20 Western Michigan


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