UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Since the middle of February, when the season needed to quickly turnaround for Penn State to have another shot at meaningful March, the Nittany Lions were tasked with playing must-win hockey.
Every series was important, every night a chance to claw back into the postseason picture in which Penn State (18-13-5) now figures to participate. While seemingly everyone else is looking at the rankings, Guy Gadowsky and his players said they aren't paying it any mind.
“Until your name says 100 percent you never are (in),” Gadowsky said Tuesday. “All we have is Saturday night, and that’s all we’re looking at.”
His team is ranked No. 11 in the PairWise, a positive predictor for an NCAA tournament field that takes 16 teams. That’s what five straight wins will do for a team that's seeded fourth as it heads to the Big Ten semifinals where they’ll play top-seeded Notre Dame (23-9-2) on the road at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.