Penn State men’s hockey is back in the top five as the Nittany Lions moved up three spots to No. 5 in this week’s USCHO poll. The news marks the first time the Nittany Lions have earned a top-five ranking since Jan. 23, 2017.
Top ranked Minnesota-Duluth, St. Cloud State, Minnesota State and Massachusetts round out the remaining four programs in this week’s top five.
Penn State is also the highest ranked team in the Big Ten — the Nittany Lions jumped both Ohio State (No. 6) and Notre Dame (No. 8) after sweeping Robert Morris with 7-2 and 11-6 victories over the weekend. No. 16 Michigan and No. 19 Minnesota are the other teams from the conference to earn rankings in this week’s poll.
The Nittany Lions began the season at No. 16 in the poll. Penn State’s only loss of the year came to Arizona State in overtime. The Nittany Lions are also the highest scoring team in the nation, a stat helped in no small part by this past weekend’s 11-goal outburst.
No. 5 Penn State (8-1-0) will open conference play this weekend against the Wolverines. The puck will drop at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Pegula Ice Arena.