Week after week all season, when asked about the goalies, Penn State men’s hockey coach Guy Gadowsky would say the starter would be determined by performance and statistics, but never divulge a name.
The team might find out the day before the game, but the public wasn’t in on the plan until an hour or two before the puck drops.
With the Big Ten Tournament starting Thursday, Gadowsky was candid and matter-of-fact about who would be between the pipes.
“We’re going with Matt Skoff,” Gadowsky said Tuesday afternoon as he and the Nittany Lions (7-25-2, 3-16-1 Big Ten) prepare meet Michigan (18-12-4, 10-8-2) at 3 p.m. at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., in the first round of the conference tournament.
It should be no surprise given the decision is performance-based. The sophomore has been in goal for each of Penn State’s wins this season, with two wins against the Wolverines.
“You look at his wins, losses,” Gadowsky said. “We make that determination after the season based on, again, results, as always. We look at how you are as a teammate, your work ethic and commitment to yourself as an athlete and Penn State University as a program, but mostly you look at the results.”