A big weekend for a pair of Penn State freshmen led to honors from the Big Ten.
Denis Smirnov and Nate Sucese were the Nos. 1 and 2 Stars of the Week for the conference in men’s hockey.
Smirnov posted a five-point weekend, notching the game-winning goal on a breakaway in a 6-3 win against Wisconsin on Saturday, then tallied two goals and two assists in a 5-2 win Saturday.
Sucese also notched five points last weekend to earn the No. 2 star, picking up a goal and an assist on Friday and two goals and one assist on Saturday.
Minnesota’s Tyler Sheehy earned the No. 3 star.
The No. 9 Nittany Lions host the No. 5 Golden Gophers at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday at Pegula Ice Arena with the Big Ten lead on the line.