Penn State Hockey

Penn State hockey breaks into the top 10

Penn State’s Blake Gober skates down the ice with the puck around St. Lawrence’s Drew Smolcynski during the season opener on Oct. 6 at Pegula Ice Arena.
Penn State’s Blake Gober skates down the ice with the puck around St. Lawrence’s Drew Smolcynski during the season opener on Oct. 6 at Pegula Ice Arena. Centre Daily Times, file

The Penn State men’s hockey team continued its climb up the national rankings, and are a top-10 team for the first time in program history. The Nittany Lions are No. 10 in the U.S. College Hockey Online weekly list, and No. 11 in the USA Today-USA Hockey Magazine poll. They dropped one spot to No. 3 in the PairWise rankings, which is not a poll but a mathematical ranking using the Rating Percentage Index (RPI), schedules and opponent records. They were No. 2 last week.

The Nittany Lions also rank second in offense (4.27 goals per game) and tied for fourth in defense (2.00).

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