Men's hockey re-enters USCHO rankings at No. 19

February 12, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Penn State men's hockey team, which is riding an eight-game unbeaten streak, was voted 19th by USCHO.com on Monday afternoon. Penn State last was ranked Dec. 15-Jan. 4 at No. 20.

The Nittany Lions (15-7-4, 7-2-1-0 Big Ten) are just two points behind first-place Michigan in the Big Ten standings following a home sweep of Wisconsin this past weekend, 5-2 and 4-1. Penn State is tied for the nation's longest active unbeaten streak with Robert Morris, who checks in at No. 18. Michigan is No. 12 according to the USCHO voters.

The No. 19 ranking is the highest in Penn State's short varsity history. The Nittany Lions have yet to be ranked in the USA Today/USA Hockey rankings, which rank the 15 best teams in the country.

In the PairWise, which attempts to mimic the ranking procedure the NCAA Selection Committee uses for the NCAA Tournament, the Nittany Lions are tied for 20th. Sixteen teams comprise the NCAA Tournament with six automatic bids and 10 at-large bids.

The Nittany Lions will leave the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the first time since Dec. 6 to take on Big Ten foe Michigan State on Friday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (6 p.m.) in East Lansing. Friday's game will be shown live on Fox Sports Detroit with a simulcast stream on BTN2Go, while Saturday's contest will air on Big Ten Network as well as BTN2Go. 

Last Updated February 12, 2015