The Penn State men’s hockey team begins its 2018 NCAA Hockey Tournament quest against defending-national champion Denver on Saturday in a rematch from last year. Find the score, live updates, stats and more below.
Penn State-Denver hockey: Score, live updates for 2018 NCAA Hockey Tournament
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Penn State-Denver hockey: Time, game information in 2018 NCAA Hockey Tournament
Penn State and Denver face off in the 2018 NCAA Hockey Tournament at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 24 at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pa.
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Date: March, 24, 2018
Location: PPL Center in Allentown, Pa.
Penn State-Denver hockey: How to watch online
Penn State and Denver hockey cannot be found on TV, but you can watch the Nittany Lions and Pioneers online at WatchESPN.com.
Penn State-Denver hockey: How to listen on the radio
Penn State-Denver hockey preview
The Nittany Lions come into the tournament as a No. 3 seed in the midwest at 18-14-5 after losing to Notre Dame in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament. Before that, they were riding a five-game win streak.
The Pioneers are a No. 2 seed in the mid west at 22-9-8 and are the NCHC champions, defeating St. Cloud State to do it. The winner of the contest will take on the winner of No. 1/overall 4 seed Ohio State and No. 4 seed in the midwest Princeton.
The last time these two teams met was in the 2016-17 NCAA Tournament regionals where the Pioneers dropped the Lions 6-3 en-route to winning the national title.
This year’s rematch still sees the Pios as a favorite but the Lions have been playing solid hockey of late and managed to play themselves into the tournament down the stretch.
The Lions are led by 15 goals from Denis Smirnov, while Andrew Sturtz and Nate Sucese right behind him with 14 each. Liam Folkes, Chase Berger and Evan Barratt each have over 10 goals as well.
Assists-wise, it’s Sturtz with 26 who leads the way and also leads with a +14 margin and 40 points. Brandon Biro is behind him with 31 points thanks to nine goals and 22 assists, while Trevor Hamilton is an impressive +13.
In net, its been Peyton Jones who’s made 34 starts and has a 2.98 goals against average and a .906 save percentage.
As a team, the Lions average 40.5 shots per game and 3.7 goals while converting on the power play 21.9 percent of the time.
Meanwhile, the Pioneers take 31.5 shots per game and average 3.3 goals. On the power play, they score at the same clip as the Lions at 21.9 percent.
With 50 points on the season thanks to 22 goals and 28 assists, Henrik Borgstrom has had a fantastic season to lead the Pioneers, while Troy Terry has 44 points on 13 goals and 31 assists (to lead in that category) and Dylan Gambrell has 42 points on 13 goals and 29 assists.
Jarid Lukosevicious is the other Pioneer in double-digits with goals, tallying 19. Terry and Gambrell are both +18 to lead the team in that respect.
In goal, Tanner Jaillet has a 1.85 goals against average and a 9.29 save percentage.