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Penn State hockey notebook: Nittany Lions show winning moves off the ice

Saturday night was a really good night for the Penn State hockey team.

The Nittany Lions beat Minnesota 4-3 in overtime for their first ever win over the Golden Gophers, withstanding tons of pressure late in regulation as Minnesota tried to cut into Penn State’s one-goal lead.

The Gophers scored in the final minute, but Luke Juha netted the game-winner on a power play in the extra period.

Then, a few hours later across the street at the Bryce Jordan Center, the men donned some bright green and pink T-shirts and short-shorts — with a couple of them wearing tights — and put on another winning performance.

The team danced a choreographed performance during the team pep rally at the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, and took home the trophy as the top team at the rally.

“I thought they were really, really good,” coach Guy Gadowsky said. “I was really impressed with them. I thought they did a great job.”

The group got a little help from a pair of dancers from the Lionettes team, and the skit of about two minutes included some moves while wielding umbrellas to the 1980s song by the Weather Girls, “It’s Raining Men.” Included in the routine was a pair of players doing a flip off a teammate and forward Taylor Holstrom “skating” on several teammates’ backs with a stick before firing a T-shirt into the crowd with a slap shot.

“I’m not so sure of their outfit choices,” Gadowsky said. “Their choreography was great.”

As for who’s the best dancer on the team, the coach came up with a name pretty quickly: Eric Scheid, whose 13 goals are tied for second on the team this season.

“Roll back the tape,” Gadowsky said. “He was into it, I’ll tell you that.”

Sticking with Musico

Gadowsky confirmed P.J. Musico will start in goal when the Nittany Lions (16-10-4, 8-5-1) hit the road to visit Ohio State (9-17-2, 4-10-0). The teams tangle at 6:30 p.m. Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday at Value City Arena.

The senior has started six of the last seven games, winning four of them. He has a 5-3-1 record overall this season with a 2.23 goals-against average and .932 save percentage in a total of 10 appearances.

“It feels great,” Musico said Tuesday of his recent run of success. “I guess there’s not too much to say other than that. It feels great and I’m having a lot of fun playing hockey.”

Tight race

The Big Ten standings finished the weekend right where it started early Friday. Michigan and Minnesota still share the top spot, with Penn State and Michigan State knotted in third, two points behind. A bunch of weekend split series brought everything back to the weekend’s starting point with three weekends, and six games for everyone, left in the regular season.

Tough place to play

Pegula Ice Arena also left a good impression on the Golden Gophers, who saw sellout crowds for both games last weekend

“It’s great playing here,” Minnesota forward Justin Kloos said after Friday’s Gopher win. “The student section’s awesome. It’s definitely turning into one of the most fun places to play in the Big Ten.”