If Penn State hockey can take solace in anything this upcoming season, it’s in the fact the Nittany Lions’ have some clutch players in their future.
Tyler Gratton, a Penn State class of 2018 hockey commit, scored the game-winning goal for the Chicago Steel in the deciding Game 5 of the Clark Cup finals. Gratton’s goal won the Steel’s first ever Clark Cup, which denotes the United State Hockey League (USHL) Champion.
Gratton plays in the USHL, which is a tier I junior league where some of the top hockey talents will play before moving on to either college level, or the professional level.
Watch Gratton’s goal below.
— Chicago Steel (@ChicagoSteel) May 24, 2017
Gratton’s goal wasn’t just the championship-winning goal, it was his first points of the entire season. Safe to say there wasn’t a better time for Gratton’s first goal.
According to collegehockeyinc.com, Penn State’s recruiting class of 2018 includes eight commits. Four of those commits will come from the USHL. However, it’s not likely any of them will have a championship-winning goal on their resume.