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Penn State Faces off with OSU for Final Home Hockey of the Season

Penn State had their final home puck drops of the season Friday night and Saturday afternoon. They competed against the unranked Ohio State Buckeyes. They came away with a victory on Friday but suffered a tight loss on Saturday. In Friday’s matchup, Ohio State started out very messy and never recovered, letting in 6 goals by the final horn. Penn State made some clutch defensive stands later in the game that helped to hold the Buckeyes to only one goal. Junior

Forward David Goodwin was the HappyValley.com player of the game. He became Penn State Hockey’s leading goal scorer. With a year to go, he looks to make a mark for many future Penn State Hockey players to work towards.

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Hockey Valley In Final Leg of the Season

By David Abruzzese

Penn State sports fans, it's time to accept reality; football season is over, and it won't be coming back until the fall. There's no cause for alarm, however, as there's plenty of Penn State sports action in full gear. Among the litany of in-season programs is No. 14 Penn State men's hockey, a team only in its third year of Division I competition. Despite the relative youth of this program, the team is loaded, and head coach Guy Gadowski's players know they can compete with the best of them. 

There's nothing quite like a Big Ten conference game in sold-out Pegula Ice Arena, and with conference play in full swing, there'll be plenty of chances to catch some high-profile hockey action over the next few weekends. Let's take a look at Penn State's coming slate. 

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Downey’s never-ending love of hockey brings him (and his family) back to Happy Valley

By JOHN PATISHNOCK

UNIVERSITY PARK — For the moment, Bill Downey makes you believe he’s James Bond. 

Bill, Amy, Natalie and Kate before a home football game, during a rare Saturday off for Bill during the season.

Downey raises his right arm toward his mouth, lifts the collar of his right sleeve just a bit, and speaks into an audio transmitter. There’s also an audio receiver attached to his right ear — a device that looks like something 007 would wear while on assignment. 

Downey has an important job, and wearing a suit, tie, and sky-blue dress shirt, he looks the part. 

From his seat in the coaches box at Pegula Ice Arena, Downey’s talking to Head Coach Guy Gadowsky and his assistants while the Penn State men’s ice hockey team battles Notre Dame in the finale of a two-game series in October. The Nittany Lions collect a 5-3 win, with Downey’s eyes seemingly never leaving the ice during Penn State’s season-opening home series. 

For most of the week, video work consumes Downey’s professional world. One of the keys, he says, is finding a few digestible tips and pointers that the players can quickly inject into their practice and game habits. The turnaround is particularly important, he adds, on game day.

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Nittany Lion Action at Pegula

You’ve got two chances this weekend to see Penn State skate into action vs. Michigan State—7 PM Friday and 3 PM Saturday. Both the men’s and women’s teams are enjoying record attendance and a revved up fan base thanks to their new home at Pegula Ice Arena. It’s a great way to keep the Penn State spirit alive all winter, and is perfect for family fun.

For more, check out this piece on Penn State alum Brian Tripp, the voice of Penn State hockey.