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Penguins Take on Rival Kent State.
The Penguins return to the ice after a three week break off the ice as the team went home for the holidays. The task at hand is the much hated Kent State Golden Flashes who have dominated the series against the Penguins of late. The teams last faced off in late September with the Golden Flashes coming away with the 5-2 victory. The Penguins enter the contest with a 5-12 record, but remain optimistic for this weekend and for the rest of the season. "We are missing some guys who are out for the rest of the season, but there is no pressure on us, it's all them since they are playing to get into the national tournament." Explained Senior goalie Gary Biggs who has seen Kent State beat up on his Penguins for his entire career. The Flashes come into the match up with a 12-9 record and currently sit in fifth place in the CSCHL. "We had a good week of practice, the boys are excited, I'm excited it should be a good weekend of hockey." Stated coach Poljak who fully expects to win this weekend. The puck will drop at 7pm at the Ice Zone in Boardman.




 
Penguins Come Away from Road Trip with Two Wins.
December 3- Coming off the win against RIT the Penguins traveled just down the road to take on the University of Rochester. The Penguins got off to a slow start as Rochester got on the board first after beating Freshman Goaltender Wiley Collett halfway through the first period. The Penguins went into the intermission down one but exploded for 6 second period goals. Junior forward Nick Wolf scored two second period goals. Senior Alex Arnold and Juniors Dan Jech, Ryan Sidak and Mike Evans all registered goals. The Penguins would control the rest of the game and cruised to a 7-1 victory and improved to 5-10. Collett made 23 saves for his first career victory.




 
Penguins Snap Losing Streak Against RIT.
December 2- After a month long winless streak the Penguins started the month of December on the road traveling to Rochester to take on Rochester Institute of Technology. The Penguins went into the contest with a 3-10 record which was Identical to RIT's. Desperate for a win the Penguins came out flying and controlled most of the game. Junior forwards Dan Jech and Mike Evans carried the Penguins offense with two goals each. RIT made a late third period push to tie the game but the Penguins fended off the pressure. Senior goalie Gary Biggs made 37 saves en-route to the 7-5 victory which improved the Penguins record to 4-10.




 
Penguins Fall into Penalty Trouble in Defeat to Duquesne.
In what appeared to be a must win game for the Penguins before they fall into a deep hole in the College Hockey Mid America standings, the Penguins were defeated 8-2 by Duquesne University. Duquesne came out in the first period scoring two quick goals on Senior Goaltender Gary Biggs. Senior Defensemen for the Penguins Nick Walters responded half way through the first period for the Penguins netting his first goal of the season. The Penguins entered the intermission only trailing by one however, the second period the Penguins got into major penalty trouble. Freshman Defensemen John Vanasdale received a five minute major for roughing, Sophomore Joe Czekaj received an interference call 30 seconds into the kill. Followed by another five minute Major from Freshman Gill Gafney leaving the Penguins killing 7 minutes of 5-3 power plays. Biggs did his best effort making 30 saves in the period but Duquesne was able to score 3 power play goals on the extended power play. The Penguins came out fired up for the third period but the damage was already done as Duquesne kept putting the pressure on Biggs who ended the game with 57 saves. The 8-2 defeat leaves the Penguins with a 3-8 (1-3 CHMA) record on the season.




 
Penguins Play Host to Duquesne University Saturday Night.
The Youngstown State University Mens Hockey Team is looking to change their recent fortunes this Saturday against conference rival Duquesne University. The Penguins enter Saturdays contest with a (1-2) record in CHMA play an overall record of (3-7). The Penguins last victory came against Washington and Jefferson Presidents in an 8-2 decision. Of late the Penguins dropped an overtime thriller to the John Carroll Blue Streaks 3-2, and a game to West Virginia University 6-2. The Penguins know losing crucial conference games needs to change. "Every game is important but conference games, especially in this conference where every team is so close in talent matters." "We cannot afford to go on three and four game losing streaks or we will find ourselves out of the playoffs." Explained Senior Goaltender Gary Biggs who has seen losing streaks like this kill YSU hockey teams in the past. Duquesne's hockey squad comes into the contest with a conference record of (2-3) and an overall record of (3-6). In preparation for the game the Penguins coaching staff has challenged the team to be more physical this week in practice and concentrate on scoring goals. "We have gotten away from our brand of hockey in the last few games; we need to get back to playing physical and winning all the battles." Stated Coach Poljak. Most importantly the Penguins are excited to be coming back to their home ice where they have a winning record of (2-1). With a good week of practice and the home Youngstown crowd behind the squad the Penguins will come away with a win and keep their hopes of a College Hockey Mid-America regular season title alive. The puck this weekend will drop at 7pm at the Ice Zone in Boardman, Ohio.




  The Penguins Open Conference Play Against Slippery Rock University.

  Kent State Plays Host to Penguin Hockey in Rivalry Game.

  Penguins Open Season with 4-1 Victory Over Akron.

  The Penguins Open up Season with 4-1 Victory Over Akron.

  Coaches and Senior Biggs Believe 2011-2012 is the Penguins Year.

  Penguins Forward Mike Stokar Looks to Further Career.

  Penguins Ready to Make Impact in Playoffs.

  Penguin Hockey Downs Duquense 8-7 in Shootout.

  Penguins Struggle to Score in Two Weekend Conference Games.

  Biggs's 46 Saves Propel Penguins to 3-1 Victory.

  CHMA Action Heats Up, Showdown Saturday for Many Conference Teams.

  Penguins Lose to Washington and Jefferson 6-4.

  Penguins Defeat John Carroll with Solid Team Effort.

  YSU Hockey Drops Two to Rival Kent State.

  Kent State Invades Youngstown for Hockey's Version of the Battle of Northeast Ohio.

  Mental Mistakes Cost Penguins a Chance at First Place.

  YSU Hockey Shuts Out Washington and Jefferson University.

  Penguin Hockey Continues Hot Streak After Weekend Sweep of #25 Niagara University.

  Penguins Come up Short to Conference Foes.

  Penguins Continue Stretch of Top CHMA Opponents.

  Solid Team Effort Propels the Penguins to a Victory.

  Penguin Hockey Takes on IUP in Conference Opener.

  Penguins Come Up Empty in the Battle of Ohio.

  Hockey Squad Takes on Rival Kent State in Opening Round of The Battle of Ohio Tournament.

  Youngstown State Hockey to Take on Cleveland State in Preseason Hockey.

  Recap of Week 1 One of Practice.

  Hockey Squad Gearing Up for the Season.

  Youngstown State Lands New Assistant Hockey Coach.

  Hockey Squad Lands Four Recruits.

  Seniors Reflect on 4 Years of Hockey at Youngstown State

  Senior Kevin Pawlos Joins 100 Point Club.

  Seniors and Biggs Lead Penguins to a Strong Senior Night Effort.

  Offensive Play leads Penguins to Victory.

  Junior Forward Naaman Moorman Scores 100th Point

  Kusek's Goal Outburst Leads Penguins to Victory

  Penguins Come Up Short in Michigan

  Penguins Take to the Road After Two Conference Losses.

  YSU Hockey is Asking Fans to Come Out and Support the Team in a Haiti Relief Effort.

  Penguins Hockey Drop Two in Conference Play.

  YSU Hockey Takes Ice this Weekend in a Pair of Must Win Conference Games.

  YSU Hockey Players Excel on the Ice and in the Classroom.

  Do not forget to Check out the Youngstown State Ice Hockey fan page.

  Youngstown Drops two against Robert Morris of Chicago.

  Penguins Fall against Conference Rival Slippery Rock

  Penguins Struggle on the Road against Oakland University

  Penguins Take Home Split at the Battle of Ohio

  Penguins Hockey Set for League Playoffs

  Ice Zone Learn-To-Play Hockey Series Gets a Big-Name Shot in the Arm

  YSUs Poljak Notches 100th Career Point in 45th Game as a Penguin

  Penguins Hockey Makes Rankings Debut at #23

  Penguins Ride Poljak, Stokar to another CHMA Win

  Penguins Fly Out To 2-0 Record in the CHMA

  Penguins Ride High-Flying Offense to Sweep of Bulldogs

  YSU's Kusek Named to CHMA All-Conference Team

  YSU Hockey Homepage

  YSU Hockey Earns First Win Since October

  YSU Hockey Drops Three to Start Second Semester

  Youngstown State Hockey Back to the Ice

  YSU Hockey Closes Out Tough Semester

  YSU Hockey Drops Two in Buffalo

  YSU Hockey Falters in Thanksgiving Tourney

  YSU Hockey Stumbles Twice

  Youngstown State Hockey on the Verge of Breakout Year

  Youngstown State Hockey Splits Weekend at Syracuse

  YSU Hockey Drops Two

  YSU Hockey Falters in League Openers

  YSU Takes Second in Battle of Ohio

  Youngstown State Hockey Gears Up for Season




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