Wolverines to Host No. 11 Penn State in Final Regular-Season Weekend

March 8, 2017

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Friday, March 10
-- vs. #11 Penn State (Yost Ice Arena), 7:30 p.m.
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Saturday, March 11 -- vs. #11 Penn State (Yost Ice Arena), 7:30 p.m.
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The University of Michigan ice hockey team will welcome 11th-ranked Penn State this weekend (March 10-11) for the final pair of games in the regular season.

U-M faces the Nittany Lions for the 17th time, all in Big Ten regular season or tournament play. The Wolverines and Penn State are tied 8-8 all-time in the series.

Penn State was able to capture wins in both games of the series when Michigan traveled to State College (Dec. 1-2), winning 6-1 and 5-1.

Last season, U-M swept the regular-season series, scoring 26 goals over the four-game span. The Wolverines also bested the Nittany Lions in the B1G semifinals, 7-4.

The two teams met at Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y., last season as part of the Big Ten Super Saturday doubleheader with men's basketball. U-M won that contest, 6-3.

Michigan heads into the weekend after splitting two games with No. 5 Minnesota last weekend at Yost. On Friday, U-M exploded for three goals in the final 3:38 for a 5-3 win.

Penn State is coming off a 1-1 weekend against Wisconsin in State College. The Nittany Lions dropped the first game, 7-4, while taking the Saturday contest, 6-0.

Michigan will be honoring its six seniors with a ceremony at the conclusion of Saturday's contest. Fan are encouraged to stay in their seats at the conclusion of the game to help celebrate the careers of Evan Allen, Nolan De Jong, Alex Kile, Kevin Lohan, Max Shuart, and Zach Nagelvoort.

Jake Slaker recorded a goal last Friday, extending his team-leading 21 points (7g, 14a), while also leading the team with 14 assists and 14 power-play points heading into the weekend.

After returning to the team for the second half of the season, Cooper Marody has recorded 12 points (5g, 7a) in 15 games while also leading the team with a .550 (144/262) faceoff percentage.

Freshmen Jack LaFontaine and Hayden Lavigne have combined with senior Zach Nagelvoort between the pipes for the Maize & Blue, with with Lavigne and Nagelvoort appearing in 12 games, while Lafontaine has seen action in 11 games.

Eleven Wolverines have scored their first collegiate goals this season, which include eight freshmen (Will Lockwood, Griffin Luce, Luke Martin, Steven Merl, Nick Pastujov, James Sanchez, Jake Slaker and Adam Winborg), the most rookie scorers since the 2009-10/2007-08 seasons. The freshman class accounts for 77 of the team's 206 total points heading into the weekend.

After scoring two goals this past weekend, junior forward Tony Calderone has a team-leading 12 goals heading into the weekend.

Senior Evan Allen has recorded eight points in his last 10 games, while tallying career-highs in points (12), goals (6), assists (6) and games played (25) this season.

After not registering a power-play goal in four straight games, U-M has scored nine man-up goals in the last 10 games. Michigan's PP ranks No. 19 throughout NCAA DI (20.3%).

U-M has registered six short-handed goals thus far, tied for fourth most in NCAA DI coming into the weekend. The Wolverines have already reached the total from last season (6). Will Lockwood's two short-handed goals are tied for third in NCAA DI.

Michigan leads all of NCAA DI in blocked shots per game with 17.20 average heading into the weekend.

Michigan has had 21 alumni appear on an NHL roster this season, which is the most of any NCAA program. Making their NHL debuts are JT Compher, Kyle Connor, Tyler Motte, Boo Nieves, and Zach Werenski, who were members of last season's Big Ten Championship squad.

Next week, the Big Ten Tournament will take place at Joe Louis Arena, with the first round taking place on Thursday (March 16). The Big Ten championship game will be held on Saturday (March 18) at 8 p.m.

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