[quote="mjg, post:1892, topic:1343"]More on Smirnov-- he has two assists through two periods. According to the TV guys, he has tied the team record for consecutive games with a point at nine games. He's only played nine games in his career.[/quote]
Smirnov had a hat trick tonight against Arizona State. That gives him 8 goals and 12 assists on the season. He already has the PSU record for consecutive games with a point (10) and tonight he tied the record for goals in a game with 3. He and Sturtz also set a new team record for fastest consecutive goals when they scored 11 seconds apart in the second period.
Other records that seem pretty reasonable at this point assuming he stays healthy:
Most points by a freshman is 27 by Casey Bailey and Sturtz
Most goals by a freshman is 18 by Sturtz
Most assists by a freshman is 16 by Scott Conway
Reachable, but more difficult:
Most points by anyone is 40 by Casey Bailey
Most goals by anyone is 22 by Casey Bailey
Most assists by anyone is 26 by Taylor Holstrom
I’m not sure about other single game records. I haven’t looked those up yet. I know he has had 3 assists in a game once. The way he passes, if they keep him on lines with guys like Sturtz, he could end up with a 5 assist night someday.
Two more points for him in this afternoon’s 8-0 route of Ariz St. Going into tonight’s games, he’s second in the country in scoring.
The team tied a record for most goals in a game with 8. It’s a new record for largest margin of victory. 8 different players scored those goals, which is obviously another record.
If Smirnov wasn’t off to such a great start, we’d probably be talking a lot more about Nate Sucese. He now has 8 goals and 6 assists on the season. He’s on pace to break those freshmen records as well. As excited as we were with the freshman class last year, this class is blowing it away. Smirnov, Pavlychev, Sucese, Myllari and Peyton Jones are all playing their positions better as freshmen than we’ve seen before (Kerr and Pedrie might be exceptions but Myllari is holding his own for sure).
Speaking of Pedrie, he has 5 goals this year putting him in good position to break the single season record for goals by a defenseman (8 by Pedrie and Luke Juha last year). I think he’s also only 2 goals shy of the career mark for goals by a defenseman (pretty sure Juha had 15 total).
Really when you look at our roster and the number of freshmen and sophomores that are leading the way, you can’t help but get excited about the future of the team.