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CINCINNATI, Ohio — Penn State's record-setting ice hockey season came to a close on Sunday night just one win shy of a berth in the NCAA Division I Frozen Four.

The Nittany Lions suffered a 6-3 loss to Denver at U.S. Bank Arena in the Midwest Regional Final.

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The Lions came in seeded third in the region and ranked No. 11 in the nation. Denver was the region's top seed and ranked No. 1 in the nation.

The Pioneers improve to 31-7-4 and will move on to the Frozen Four in Chicago to take on Notre Dame on April 6. Penn State's season ends at 25-12-2 overall.

The Lions are in just their fifth season playing NCAA Division I ice hockey.

Nikita Pavlychev, Denis Smirnov and James Gobetz had PSU's goals. Peyton Jones (23-10-2) made 22 saves for PSU.

Jarid Lukosevicius and Troy Terry each had two goals for Denver. Terry also had two assists.

The Nittany Lions were outshot, 28-27, and were unable to capitalize on four man-advantage opportunities, including a five-minute major, while Denver went 1-for-4 on the power play.

Smirnov set a new single-season Penn State freshman goals record with his 19th tally in the second period breaking Andrew Sturtz's previous record of 18 set just last season. Gobetz becomes the 21st Nittany Lion to register a goal on the season and the eighth freshman.

Kris Myllari and  Pavlychev were named to the NCAA Midwest Region All-Tournament Team.