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Michigan 8 – Penn State 1


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Michigan center J.T. Compher (7), the 19-year-old sophomore from Northbrook, Illinois, who was the second round selection (# 35 overall) of the Buffalo Sabres at the 2013 National Hockey League Draft before leading the Wolverines in both assists and scoring as a freshman (35 ga, 11 go, 31 pts) last season, notched his first two goals of this 2014/15 NCAA campaign in the third period of the lopsided win over the visiting Penn State Nittany Lions at the venerable Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor.
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WORST LOSSES IN PENN STATE ICE HOCKEY HISTORY
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11/22/2014 ……… 1-8 vs Michigan ……………… Ann Arbor
12/28/2013 ……… 2-8 vs Boston College ……… Pittsburgh
12/06/2013 ……… 1-7 vs Wisconsin ……………. Madison
12/28/2012 ……… 0-6 vs Robert Morris ……….. Pittsburgh
02/24/2013 ……… 0-5 vs Wisconsin ……………. Madison
02/07/2014 ……… 3-7 vs Michigan ……………… State College
11/10/2012 ……… 1-5 vs Air Force …………….. State College
01/31/2014 ……… 1-5 vs Ohio State …………… Columbus
02/28/2014 ……… 1-5 vs Minnesota ……………. Minneapolis
11/14/2013 ……… 0-4 vs UMass/Lowell ………… State College

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November 22, 2014
Yost Ice Arena – Ann Arbor, Michigan
Attendance: 4,891

MICHIGAN 8PENN STATE 1

22:04 … MICH – Nieves (Compher, Shuart)
29:56 … MICH – Motte (Copp, Werenski)
36:44 … MICH – Hyman (Kile, Larkin)
39:27 … PSU – Holstrom (Bailey, Juha) – ppg
46:00 … MICH – Copp (Lynch, Lohan) – shg
51:32 … MICH – Compher (Shuart, Werenski)
53:37 … MICH – Kile (Larkin, Hyman)
55:54 … MICH – Compher (Shuart, Martin)
56:45 … MICH – Downing (Lynch)

shots-on-goal : MICH 45 ( 12 + 21 + 12 ) – PSU 42 ( 9 + 17 + 16)

penalty minutes : MICH 16 – PSU 10

power plays : PSU 1/8 – MICH 0/5

MICHIGAN : Nagelvoort – Downing, Serville; Werenski, Lohan ; Martin, Piazza – Motte, Copp, Sinelli ; Shuart, Compher, Nieves ; Kile, Larkin, Hyman ; Dancs, Lynch, Calderone

PENN STATE : McAdam – Koudys, Thompson ; Juha, Autio ; Williamson, Jensen – Goodwin, Holstrom, Bailey ; Loik, Conway, Milley ; DeRosa, Brooks, Olczyk ; Robinson, Gardiner, Friedman

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Penn State 3 – Michigan 2


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Despite having conceded in the opening minute of the contest, a devastating three-goal burst in the latter stages of the first period and continued standout play between the pipes lifted the surging PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS to a deserved 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the MICHIGAN WOLVERINES in the 2014/15 Big Ten Conference season-opener for both teams.

Considered by many to be the second-best team in the Big Ten Conference going into the season, the Wolverines (4-6-0) have made a rather slow start this fall but required only 46 seconds to jump on top of the visiting Nittany Lions as left wing Max Shuart, 20-year-old homegrown sophomore from Northville who went pointless in eleven games as a freshman last term, pounced on a loose puck to score his third goal in Michigan’s last four games.

Penn State (7-2-2) needed just over fourteen minutes to get the first puck past Wolverines goaltender Zach Nagelvoort, the 20-year-old homegrown sophomore from Holland who was tabbed by the Edmonton Oilers in the fourth round (# 111 overall) of the 2014 National Hockey League Draft this past summer. With the Nittany Lions operating on the power play, a one-time shot from red-hot right wing Casey Bailey from the top of the left faceoff circle deflected off the skate of center Max Gardiner, the 22-year-old redshirt senior from Deephaven, Minnesota, who was the third round choice (# 74 overall) of the St. Louis Blues at the 2010 NHL Draft, standing in front. It was the second goal of this season for Gardiner, the transfer from the University of Minnesota who went goal-less in 22 games for Penn State last season.

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Michigan Wolverines captain Andrew Copp, the 20-year-old homegrown junior from Ann Arbor who was plucked in the fourth round (# 104 overall) of the 2013 National Hockey League Draft by the Winnipeg Jets and represented the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships last winter, is confronted along the wall by Penn State goal-scorer Max Gardiner (27) as well as Nittany Lions defenseman Erik Autio (20), the 19-year-old freshman from Finland.
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The Nittany Lions grabbed the lead less than twenty seconds after equalizing when right wing Eric Scheid stole the puck from near the blue line in his own defensive zone and then split a pair of Michigan defenders before racing the length of the ice. The 22-year-old redshirt junior from Blaine, Minnesota, who transferred from the University of Alaska – Anchorage then beat Nagelvoort on the backhand to notch his seventh goal of this season. Scheid has now scored 18 goals in 47 NCAA games since first donning the sweater for Penn State.

Bailey struck for the Nittany Lions’ third goal in under three minutes after easily picking the pocket of careless Wolverines defenseman Kevin Lohan, the undrafted 21-year-old sophomore from Cold Spring Harbor, New York, at the left point in Michigan’s offensive zone. The 22-year-old junior from Anchorage, Alaska, who now counts 32 goals in 70 career NCAA games for Penn State, skated all the way down the right side before using a slick toe-drag move to cut in between the faceoff circles and snap the puck past the shell-shocked Nagelvoort. Bailey’s ninth goal of this season gave the surging Nittany Lions a 3-1 lead it would never relinquish.

This because Penn State netminder Eamon McAdam, the 20-year-old homegrown sophomore from Perkasie who struggled through a difficult freshman campaign last season, continued to display the kind of form that made the New York Islanders want to choose the youngster in the third round (# 70 overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft in the first place. Michigan defenseman Michael Downing, the 20-year-old sophomore whom the Florida Panthers plucked in the fourth round (# 97 overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft, pulled a goal back for the Wolverines early in the third period but it made little difference. Since coming off the bench against the highly ranked UMass/Lowell River Hawks in the first of last weekend’s two-game set, the recalled McAdam has stopped 79 of 83 shots faced for a remarkable .952 save percentage in three appearances this season.

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Michigan Wolverines right wing Cristobal Nieves (12), the 20-year-old junior from Baldwinsville, New York, who was the second round selection (# 59 overall) of the New York Rangers at the 2012 NHL Draft, is prevented from scoring at point-blank range by Penn State goaltender Eamon McAdam as Nittany Lions defenseman Patrick Koudys (3), the 21-year-old redshirt senior who was the fifth round choice (# 147 overall) of the Washington Capitals at the 2011 NHL Draft, during the Big Ten Conference season-opener at the Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor.
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November 21, 2014
Yost Ice Arena – Ann Arbor, Michigan
Attendance : 5,414

PENN STATE 3MICHIGAN 2

00:46 … MICH – Shuart (Lohan, Nieves)
14:06 … PSU – Gardiner (Bailey, Juha) – ppg
14:28 … PSU – Scheid (unassisted)
16:58 … PSU – Bailey (unassisted)
43:07 … MICH – Downing (Copp)

shots-on-goal : MICH 40 ( 14 + 18 + 8 ) – PSU 28 ( 15 + 7 + 6 )

penalty minutes : PSU 10 – MICH 6

power plays : PSU 1/2 – MICH 0/4

MICHIGAN : Nagelvoort – Downing, Serville ; Werenski, Lohan ; Martin, Chiasson – Motte, Copp, Sinelli ; Shuart, Compher, Nieves ; Kile, Larkin, Hyman ; Dancs, Lynch, Calderone

PENN STATE : McAdam – Koudys, Thompson ; Juha, Autio ; Williamson, Sweetland – Goodwin, Holstrom, Bailey ; Robinson, Conway, Scheid ; Loik, Brooks, Olczyk ; DeRosa, Gardiner, Friedman

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Penn State 4 – UMass/Lowell 1


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A pair of rapid-fire strikes from the school’s all-time leading goal-scorer relatively early in the first period and continued strong play between the pipes from the formerly out-of-favor sophomore netminder thereafter propelled the visiting PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS to a most sensational 4-1 triumph over the # 4 ranked UNIVERSITY of MASSASCHUSETTS – LOWELL RIVER HAWKS and a highly deserved split of this surprising NCAA non-conference weekend series in New England.

The River Hawks have been definitely rotating goaltenders to start this 2014/15 campaign but the conspicuous fact that UMass/Lowell made three other changes to its line-up from Friday night’s match was, perhaps, an indication that the home side who came into the weekend series as the highest scoring team in all the land were feeling a tad overconfident for the Saturday night date with Penn State, still, of course, only just beginning their third-ever season as a Division I ice hockey program.

Penn State came out skating hard and, as usual, ready to have a shot at goal from any angle whatsoever. The Nittany Lions were then presented with an early power play opportunity and took full advantage soon enough. Casey Bailey, the 22-year-old junior right wing from Anchorage, Alaska, who has been in lethal form this fall, wristed a long shot from the top of the right circle past Canadian legionnaire Jeff Smith, the 19-year-old freshman from Maple Ridge, British Columbia, immediately after a faceoff in the UMass/Lowell zone.

Penn State doubled its lead less than two minutes later when Bailey was left all alone in the slot. Nittany Lions center Taylor Holstrom, the 24-year-old redshirt senior from Yorba Linda, California, quickly sent a radar-like pass from behind the goal line and Bailey one-time the puck into the River Hawks net with a great deal of authority to score his second of the night and his team-leading eighth goal of this season. UMass/Lowell were completely stunned, as was most of the audience at the Paul E. Tsongas Center.

The River Hawks made several attempts in the opening twenty minutes to put themselves on the comeback trail but would find the path blocked by Penn State goaltender Eamon McAdam. The 20-year-old homegrown sophomore from Perkasie who was the third round selection (# 70 overall) of the New York Islanders at the 2013 National Hockey League Draft picked right up where he left off after coming off the bench for the Nittany Lions in Friday night’s contest and showed why NHL scouts had thought so highly of him in the first place. McAdam suffered through a freshman term (10 ga, 4.09 avg, .882 svpct), to review, and not appeared for Penn State since early of February of last season but showed he is ready to leave all that in the rear view mirror.

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Penn State Nittany Lions goaltender Eamon McAdam (34) made ten starts as a freshman last term but posted the dubious record of zero wins against nine losses and had to sit out 21 consecutive NCAA contests before coming on in relief during Friday night’s game against the UMass/Lowell River Hawks.
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The Nittany Lions added a third goal with only nineteen second left in the opening period to further dampen the spirits of the nation’s # 4 ranked ice hockey team. After continuous pressure in the UMass/Lowell zone, defenseman David Thompson, the 22-year-old homegrown sophomore from Glens Mills who missed five games this fall after being injured at the 2014 Brice Alaska Goal Rush tournament in Fairbanks, sent a shot from the right point in on net and right wing Eric Scheid was able to sweep the puck home on the backhand. It was the sixth goal of this season for Scheid, the 22-year-old redshirt junior from Blaine, Minnesota, who led Penn State with both 11 goals and 20 points in 36 NCAA games last season after transferring from the University of Alaska – Anchorage.

The visitors probably broke the River Hawks back by scoring yet again just 47 seconds into the second period. Right wing Tommy Olczyk, the 23-year-old senior from Long Grove, Illinois, who also scored in Friday night’s contest after sitting out four games in a row, sped down the right wing on a two-on-one before calmly slotting the puck home on a left-handed wrist shot. Assisting on Olczyk’s third goal of this season was none other than the influential Holstrom, who earned his third assist of the evening in the process.

Thereafter, the focus shifted onto McAdam, who kept the high-powered offense of UMass/Lowell off the scoreboard for more than fifty minutes on Saturday night. This after the seldom-used sophomore had stopped 17 of 18 shots faced in roughly thirty-one minutes the previoius evening. In all, McAdam limited the River Hawks to just two goals while stopping 40 shots during the weekend series in New England.

As for Penn State (now 6-2-2), this victory over # 4 ranked UMass/Lowell might very well rate as the greatest ice hockey result in school history thus far. Certainly, knocking off the # 18 ranked Wisconsin Badgers in Madison two years ago and beating the nine-time NCAA champion Michigan Wolverines to win the Nittany Lions’ first-ever Big Ten Conference tournament game were also spectacular accomplishments for the fledgling program. But a triumph over a Top Five team is a triumph over a Top Five team.

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Penn State center Taylor Holstrom (28), who is one of just a handful of players leftover from the Nittany Lions’ well-documented “club hockey” days, leads all Division I college players with 13 assists and is tied with four other skaters for top scoring honors with 16 points this season.
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November 15, 2014
Paul E. Tsongas Center – Lowell, Massachusetts
Attendance : 4,548

PENN STATE 4 – UMASS/LOWELL 1

06:17 … PSU – Bailey (Holstrom) – ppg
08:30 … PSU – Bailey (Holstrom, Goodwin)
19:41 … PSU – Scheid (Robinson, Thompson)
20:47 … PSU – Olczyk (Holstrom)
50:30 … UML – Z. Kamrass (Mueller, Chapie) – ppg

shots-on-goal : PSU 31 ( 13 + 10 + 8 ) – UML 25 ( 10 + 9 + 6 )

penalty minutes : UML 8 – PSU 6

power plays : UML 1/3 – PSU 1/4

UMASS/LOWELL : J. Smith (Boyle 20:47) – Z. Kamrass, Mueller ; Kapla, Zink ; Forney, Suter – Hollman, Maniccia, Chapie ; White, Campbell, Francis ; C. Smith, Gambardella, Edwardh ; Fallon, Colantone, J. Kamrass

PENN STATE : McAdam – Koudys, Thompson ; Juha, Autio ; Williamson, Sweetland – Goodwin, Holstrom, Bailey ; Robinson, Conway, Scheid ; Loik, Brooks, Olczyk ; DeRosa, Gardiner, Friedman

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UMass/Lowell 5 – Penn State 3


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In a rather cleanly played ice hockey game that saw both sides amass a combined total of only four penalty minutes for the duration of the contest, the home team opened up a three-goal lead midway through the second period before settling in to protect what had already been gained as the # 4 ranked UNIVERSITY of MASSACHUSETTS – LOWELL RIVER HAWKS skated to a 5-3 victory over the visiting PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS in the first of this weekend’s non-conference set.

The River Hawks, who now sport seven wins and two ties from their first ten games of this 2014/15 NCAA season came, entered into this latest Big Ten Conference versus Hockey East engagement as the only Division I team in the entire country to be currently averaging more than four goals scored per contest. UMass/Lowell, who swept the Nittany Lions on the road in State College last season, demonstrated its offensive potential this term by scoring four goals on its first dozen shots of the game.

Penn State goaltender Matthew Skoff, the 22-year-old homegrown junior from McKees Rock who, on the whole, has been in good form this fall, was recalled to the bench after the River Hawks notched their fourth goal almost eight and a half minutes into the second period. Sent out onto the ice for a first appearance of this 2014/15 NCAA campaign was Eamon McAdam, the 20-year-old homegrown sophomore from Perkasie whom the New York Islanders picked in the third round (# 70 overall) of the 2013 National Hockey League Draft but struggled during what was, for the most part, a disappointing freshman season (10 ga, 4.09 avg, .882 svpct) last term. McAdam had not played since early last February (a 7-3 loss to the Michigan Wolverines) but gave a good account of himself while stopping 17 of 18 shots from UMass/Lowell in nearly thirty-one minutes of game time.

The Nittany Lions halved their deficit just seventeen seconds into the middle frame when right wing Corey Bailey, the 22-year-old junior from Anchorage, Alaska, who has clearly rediscovered his old scoring touch, netted on the backhand to notch his team-leading sixth strike of the season. Penn State center Taylor Holstrom, the 24-year-old senior from Yorba Linda, California, made a tremendous play to keep the puck in the offensive zone at the right point, it should be noted. UMass/Lowell stormed straight back, however, and soon re-established its two-goal lead when the diminutive (5’8″ 175 lbs) left wing Robert Francis, the 23-year-old junior from San Diego, California, who transferred from Western Michigan University, found the back of the net for the second time on the night.

Penn State pulled a couple of goals back in the third period to salvage a measure of pride and, perhaps, build some momentum for Saturday evening’s return encounter with the River Hawks. Tommy Olczyk, the 23-year-old senior right wing from Long Grove, Illinois, who had been out of the line-up for the Nittany Lions’ last four games, celebrated his return by scoring on the backhand after a nice pass from behind the net by Canadian legionnaire Curtis Loik, the 21-year-old junior left wing from West Vancouver, British Columbia. And David Goodwin, the 22-year-old sophomore left wing from Des Peres, Missouri, scored his fourth goal of this season on a one-timer after taking a slick backhand feed from the influential Holstrom, who leads the Nittany Lions this fall with both ten assists and thirteen points.

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Penn State right wing Casey Bailey (25), who now counts 29 goals in 68 NCAA career games for the Nittany Lions, collides with UMass/Lowell River Hawks defenseman Dylan Zink, the 22-year-old sophomore from Madison, Wisconsin, in front of the net during the NCAA non-conference clash in New England.
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November 14, 2014
Paul E. Tsongas Center – Lowell, Massachusetts
Attendance : 4,314

UMASS/LOWELL 5 – PENN STATE 3

11:13 … UML – Francis (Chapie)
18:46 … UML – Kamrass (Maniccia, Mueller)
20:17 … PSU – Bailey (Holstrom)
21:57 … UML – Edwardh (Gambardella, Smith)
28:47 … UML – Francis (Maniccia)
48:21 … UML – Smith (Zink, Edwardh)
51:12 … PSU – Olczyk (Loik)
58:45 … PSU – Goodwin (Holstrom, Bailey)

shots-on-goal : PSU 37 ( 11 + 11 + 15 ) – UML 30 ( 9 + 12 + 9 )

penalty minutes : UML 2 – PSU 2

power plays : UML 0/1 – PSU 0/1

UMASS/LOWELL : Boyle – Kamrass, Mueller ; Zink, Kapla ; Panico, Suter – Francis, Maniccia, Chapie ; White, Campbell, Wallin ; Smith, Gambardella, Edwardh ; Fallon, Colantone, Hough

PENN STATE : Skoff (McAdam 28:47) – Koudys, Thompson ; Juha, Autio ; Jensen, Sweetland – Goodwin, Holstrom, Bailey ; Robinson, Conway, Scheid ; Loik, Brooks, Olczyk ; DeRosa, Gardiner, Friedman

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Penn State 3 – Bentley 2


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From the perspective of the faithful at the Pegula Ice Arena, the atmosphere certainly was rather spooky throughout most of this Halloween night after the visitors had notched a pair of power play goals inside the first sixteen minutes but the home side rallied to tie the contest with roughly three minutes to go in regulation and then grabbed the game-winner only sixteen seconds later as the streaking Penn State Nittany Lions overcame the Bentley Falcons 3-2 for the second evening in succession.

The visitors from New England bolted to an early lead on the power play just nine minutes in when Canadian legionnaire Alex Grieve, the 24-year-old senior captain from Calgary, Alberta, who paced the Falcons with 25 goals in 37 NCAA games last season, tapped home a fine pass from fellow countryman Max French, the 22-year-old sophomore center from Westbank, British Columbia. Bentley soon doubled its advantage, again with the benefit of a power play, only six and a half minutes later when French scored his second goal of this series with Penn State by tipping a point shot from defenseman Matthew Blomquist, the 23-year-old junior from Blaine, Minnesota, who had 24 assists in 31 NCAA games last term. All four of the Falcons’ goals scored in their two games at the Pegula Ice Arena on Thursday & Friday came with a Nittany Lions skater in the penalty box.

Bentley goaltender Blake Dougherty, the inexperienced 24-year-old senior from East Amherst, New York, who had made only seven appearances for the Falcons in his first three collegiate campaigns coming into this season, was in excellent form and pitched a shutout for the first 29 minutes or so. But then Penn State cashed in on a power play opportunity of its own midway through the second period when Scott Conway, the 19-year-old freshman originally from England, one-timed his sharp-angle shot past Dougherty to score his third goal of this 2014/15 NCAA season. Nittany Lions left wing Ricky DeRosa, the 22-year-old homegrown sophomore from Aston who had a goal and four points in the two-game set with Holy Cross the previous weekend, created the chance with a pass from behind the net.

Metaphorically speaking, the Falcons sought to park the team bus in front of their own net for the final period at the Pegula Ice Arena and the strategy very nearly paid off, as well. However, Blomquist was escorted to the sin bin for an elbowing offense and Penn State center Taylor Holstrom, the 24-year-old senior from Yorba Linda, California, who leads the Nittany Lions with 11 points (three goals) this season, brought the hosts level on the subsequent power play. Holstrom squeezed the puck through Dougherty’s five-hole at close range after taking a pass from Canadian legionnaire Dylan Richard, the 21-year-old sophomore forward from Sherwood Park, Alberta, who now counts 17 assists in 38 career NCAA games.

Shortly after the ensuing drop of the puck at center ice, Penn State right wing Eric Scheid, the 22-year-old redshirt junior who was high school hockey teammates with the Bentley defenseman Blomquist, took a hopeful shot from the right faceoff circle in the Falcons’ end. Somehow, the elusive puck bounced off of Dougherty’s shoulder as well as the crossbar before finding its way into the net to give Scheid his fifth strike of the season and the Nittany Lions a most stunning victory. So then, as matters played out, the trick was on Bentley and the treat was for Penn State.

“When things weren’t going well in the third period, they really buckled down,” stated PSU head coach Guy Gadowksy after the game, “We looked a lot more like the Penn State hockey team we expect.”

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Eric Scheid (19), the undersized forward (5’9″ 174 lbs) from Blaine, Minnesota, who led the Nittany Lions with 11 goals in 36 NCAA games last season, has scored one goal in four of Penn State’s last five games this fall.
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October 31, 2014
Pegula Ice Arena – State College, Pennsylvania
Attendance : 5,974

09:01 … BEN – Grieve (French, Gladiuk) – ppg
15:32 … BEN – French (Blomquist, Gladiuk) – ppg
29:14 … PSU – Conway (DeRosa, Autio) – ppg
57:01 … PSU – Holstrom (Richard, Jensen) – ppg
57:17 … PSU – Scheid (unassisted)

shots-on-goal : PSU 49 ( 16 + 11 + 22 ) – BEN 35 ( 14 + 14 + 7 )

penalty minutes : BEN 12 – PSU 8

power plays : BEN 2/4 – PSU 2/6

PENN STATE : Skoff – Juha, Autio ; Koudys, Varley ; Jensen, Williamson – Goodwin, Holstrom, Bailey ; Robinson, Conway, Scheid ; Loik, Richard, Brooks ; DeRosa, Gardiner, Friedman

BENTLEY : Dougherty – Weinstein, Blomquist; Eiserman, Donners ; O’Brien, Maher – Switzer, Grieve, Schmidt; McDonald, French, Gladiuk ; Russo, Kubiak, Reardon ; Bacon, McMurphy, Suter

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Penn State 3 – Bentley 2


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For all of the substantial offensive pressure that the home side was able to create, it was diligent defensive work and a pivotal penalty kill that proved to be the difference as the improving Penn State Nittany Lions held off the visiting Bentley Falcons 3-2 in the first of a two-game NCAA non-conference set at the fabulous Pegula Ice Arena.

Surprisingly enough, Bentley got on the scoreboard first after defenseman Matt Maher, the 24-year-old senior from Avon, Connecticut, scored an unassisted power play goal on a screened shot from the point almost seven minutes into the opening period. But Penn State, who outshot their guests 18-8 in the first twenty minutes of play, responded relatively quickly when right wing Casey Bailey, the 22-year-old junior from Anchorage, Alaska, slammed home a rebound after a shot from Taylor Holstrom, the 24-year-old redshirt senior center from Yorba Linda, California, who leads the Nittany Lions with both eight assists and ten points this season, with just over six minutes before the first intermission. It was a third goal in as many games for Bailey, who now tops Penn State with five goals this season.

Canadian legionnaire Curtis Loik, the 21-year-old junior left wing from West Vancouver, British Columbia, put the hosts ahead for good by notching his third goal of this 2014/15 NCAA campaign by deflecting a point shot from his countryman, Patrick Koudys, the 21-year-old senior defenseman from Smithville, Ontario, who was the fifth round choice (# 147 overall) of the Washington Capitals at the 2011 National Hockey League Draft and is now the new Nittany Lions captain, with a little less than three minutes remaining in the first period; it was the second strike in as many games for Loik and his third goal of this new season, overall.

Just past the halfway point of the game, Penn State tallied what would prove to be a critical third goal when David Goodwin, the 22-year-old sophomore left wing from Des Peres, Missouri, who was the second-leading scorer for the Nittany Lions last term with 18 points (7 go) in 34 NCAA games, swiped home a centering pass from Holstrom to register his third goal this fall, as well.

Falcons goaltender Gabe Antoni, the 22-year-old junior from Lansdale, Pennsylvania, who had made exactly four appearances in his first two NCAA seasons for Bentley, gave a tremendous performance on his native soil and finished with 51 saves. Largely because of Antoni’s efforts, the visitors from New England were able to halve their deficit four minutes into the final frame after Canadian legionnaire Max French, the 22-year-old sophomore center from Westbank, British Columbia, netted the Falcons’ second power play goal of the contest. There would be no dramatic comeback, however.

Penn State conjured up with a clutch penalty kill after right wing Eric Scheid, the 22-year-old redshirt junior from Blaine, Minnesota, who led the Nittany Lions with both 11 goals and 20 points in 36 NCAA games last season, had been sent off for roughing the goaltender with just under eight minutes to play.

Penn State netminder Matthew Skoff, the 22-year-old homegrown junior from McKees Rocks who has started every one of his team’s seven games so far this season, continued his fine form between the pipes (1.96 avg, .930 svpct) and pushed his record this term to four wins against just one loss with two ties..

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October 30, 2014
Pegula Ice Arena – State College, Pennsylvania
Attendance : 5,773

PENN STATE 3 – BENTLEY 2

06:40 … BEN – Maher (unassisted) – ppg
13:41 … PSU – Bailey (Holstrom, Goodwin)
17:03 … PSU – Loik (Koudys, Autio) – ppg
31:07 … PSU – Goodwin (Holstrom, Bailey)
43:53 … BEN – French (Weinstein, Blomquist) – ppg

shots-on-goal : PSU 54 ( 18 + 20 + 16 ) – BEN 26 ( 8 + 8 + 10 )

penalty minutes : PSU 8 – BEN 6

power plays : BEN 2/4 – PSU 1/3

PENN STATE : Skoff – Juha, Autio ; Koudys, Varley ; Jensen, Sweetland – Goodwin, Holstrom, Bailey ; Richard, Conway, Scheid ; Loik, Glen, Brooks ; DeRosa, Gardiner, Friedman

BENTLEY : Antoni – Weinstein, Blomquist ; Eiserman, Donners ; Buchanan, Maher – Switzer,Grieve, Schmidt ; McDonald, French, Gladiuk ; Deresky, Kubiak, Reardon ; Bacon, McMurphy, Suter

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Penn State Nittany Lions right wing Casey Bailey (25) pushes the puck past Bentley Falcons netiminder Gabe Antoni to net his 28th career collegiate goal during the NCAA non-conference tilt at the Pegula Ice Arena in State College.

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Penn State 7 – Holy Cross 1


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After being held off the scoresheet for nearly thirty-five minutes of play, the home side promptly initiated a veritable goal-scoring festival for the duration of the contest as the clearly inspired Penn State Nittany Lions demolished the visiting Holy Cross Crusaders 7-1 to complete just the second two-game sweep in the program’s three-year history and the very first ever at the marvelous Pegula Ice Arena.

This is exactly the sort of stuff that Penn State consistently need to play during the non-conference schedule in preparation for the Big Ten Conference which is annually unforgiving. The Minnesota Golden Gophers of the world will always have at least a dozen National Hockey League draft picks on its roster. This year, in fact, the five-time NCAA champion have no fewer than fifteen certified NHL prospects on hand.

And then there are other teams in the league such as the nine-time NCAA champion Michigan Wolverines, for whom ten or more NHL draft picks is certainly not an unusual occurrence. It is true that, last season, the Nittany Lions beat the Maze & Blue in three of five contests between the two schools including the conference tournament match-up in St. Paul, Minnesota. Those results should only stiffen the resolve of Michigan, though.

A very important test for Penn State arrives when the Nittany Lions entertain the University of Massachusetts – Lowell in the middle of November.

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Penn State defenseman Nate Jensen (24), the 24-year-old redshirt senior whose father, David H. Jensen, served as captain of the Minnesota Golden Gophers, before representing the United States at the 1984 Winter Olympic Games in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, hammers Holy Cross Crusaders right wing Scott Pooley (12), the freshman from Granges, Indiana, who scored the visitor’s only goal at the Pegula Ice Arena on Friday night, during the NCAA non-conference meeting in State College.
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October 26, 2014
Pegula Ice Arena – State College, Pennsylvania
Attendance : 5,988

PENN STATE 7 – HOLY CROSS 1

34:49 … PSU – Bailey (Holstrom, Goodwin)
37:04 … PSU – Loik (Conway, Autio) – ppg
43:33 … PSU – Scheid (Conway, Richard)
44:55 … PSU – Glen (Loik, Juha)
47:01 … HC – Bolton (Smith, Lubanski)
53:15 … PSU – Conway (Scheid, DeRosa)
55:47 … PSU – Friedman (DeRosa)
58:23 … PSU – Conway (Loik, DeRosa) – ppg

shots-on-goal : PSU 45 ( 15 + 14 + 16 ) – HC 29 ( 5 + 13 + 11 )

penalty minutes : HC 18 + 10-minute misconduct – PSU 12

power plays : PSU 2/7 – HC 0/4

PENN STATE : Skoff – Koudys, Varley ; Juha, Autio ; Jensen, Sweetland – Goodwin, Holstrom, Bailey ; Richard, Conway, Scheid ; Loik, Glen, Brooks ; DeRosa, Gardiner, Friedman

HOLY CROSS : Ginn – McNamara, Beckman ; Bolton, Smith ; Muratore, Nagy – Dwyer, Youso, Gustin ; McKinnon, Barrett, Vidal ; Sommer, Lubanski, Pooley ; Finn, Moore, Driscoll

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Penn State 3 – Holy Cross 1


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A pair of unanswered goals tallied less than four minutes apart rather late in the third period overcame a potentially-demoralizing equalizer scored earlier in the final frame as the determined Penn State Nittany Lions finished off the visiting Holy Cross Crusaders 3-1 in a tense NCAA non-conference meeting at the sold-out Pegula Ice Arena in State College.

The visitors from New England came out firing on all cylinders and outshot their hosts 14-10 in the opening twenty minutes of play but would find Penn State goaltender Matthew Skoff, the 23-year-old homegrown junior from McKees Rocks who has started all five of the Nittany Lions’ games thus far this season, a difficult puzzle to solve. Holy Cross was already well on the way towards spending nearly one-third of the game with at least one player in the penalty box, however, and this lack of discipline would prove to be the Crusaders’ undoing. Were it not for the fine form of Canadian legionnaire Matt Ginn, the 23-year-old senior from Lindsay, Ontario, who ended up with 47 saves, the home side surely would have been able to open the floodgates in earnest.

Penn State appeared to open the scoring at the tail end of the first period when Canadian legionnaire Dylan Richard lost his marker along the boards and made a strong move to the front of the net. The 21-year-old sophomore left wing from Sherwood Park, Alberta, was able to sweep the puck into the Holy Cross cage. But, alas, it was determined that Richard had committed a penalty for goaltender’s interference in the process of scoring and so the ‘goal’ was quickly waved off.

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Nittany Lions left wing Dylan Richard (12) tied for tops on Penn State with eleven assists as a freshman last season and also recorded the relatively respectable defensive rating of -3 while skating for a squad that only won eight out of its thirty-six total contests.
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The Nittany Lions did draw first blood in the second period, though, when Ricky DeRosa, the 22-year-old homegrown sophomore from Aston who was making just his third appearance of the new season, picked up a loose puck in the right face-off circle and cut inside towards the slot before quickly sneaking a wrist shot past Ginn at relatively close range to register his first goal of this 2014/15 NCAA campaign.

Despite being outshot by the overwhelming margin of 19-4 in the second period of play, Holy Cross were able to haul themselves level in the final frame after Penn State coughed up the puck in its own defensive zone. Crusaders left wing Castan Sommer, the homegrown junior from Shrewsbury whose father, Roy Sommer, skated three games with Wayne Gretzky & the Edmonton Oilers during the 1980/81 NHL season, sent a nice pass out from behind the net and right wing Scott Pooley, the 20-year freshman from Granges, Indiana, hammered his shot over Skoff’s shoulder while leaning on one knee to net his first-ever collegiate goal in impressive fashion. Holy Cross, who are, perhaps, most famous for their mammoth upset of the mighty University of Minnesota Golden Gophers in the first round of the 2006 NCAA men’s ice hockey tournament, were now in position to extend its all-time winning streak against the Nittany Lions to three games.

Given what had happened at the Brice Alaska Goal Rush tournament one week earlier, the remaining twelve and a half minutes of the Holy Cross contest would be a major test of Penn State’s character — but one that head coach Guy Gadowsky‘s troops would pass with flying colors.

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The home side had failed on its first five power play attempts on Friday night but the sixth time proved to be a charm for Penn State, then. Nittany Lions right wing Kenny Brooks, the 22-year-old junior from Las Vegas, Nevada, blasted a hard, low slapshot from the left wing face-off circle that resurgent forward Max Gardiner, the 22-year-old senior from Deephaven, Minnesota, who was the third round choice (# 74 overall) of the St. Louis Blues at the 2010 NHL Draft, was able to redirect while well-positioned in the slot. Turing up at the right side of the net to stab home the rebound was center Eric Scheid, the 22-year-old redshirt junior from Blaine, Minnesota, who led Penn State in goal-scoring last season after transferring from the University of Alaska-Anchorage.

Scheid’s third goal of this new season (his second strike in as many matches) restored Penn State’s advantage with less than seven and a half minutes to play. Critically, the Nittany Lions continued to attack increase their lead still further as compared to just sitting back and protecting what had already been gained. Furthermore, much to the delight of the faithful at the Pegula Ice Arena, an all-important insurance marker arrived soon enough.

Penn State center Taylor Holstrom, the influential senior from Yorba Linda, California, who sat out the game with the Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks on account of injury, did yeoman’s work to collect a loose puck on the right wing in the offensive zone and quickly center for Casey Bailey lurking in the slot. The 22-year-old junior left wing from Anchorage, Alaska, easily swept the puck home to net his third goal of this 2014/15 NCAA campaign while closing the door on stubborn Holy Cross once and for all. Bailey and Scheid are joint top scorers but it is Holstrom leads the Nittany Lions with seven points (two goals) this term, it shall be noted.

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Penn State right wing Ricky DeRosa (21), the southeastern Pennsylvania native who once skated for the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers but certainly was not considered to be a proverbial ‘high-profile recruit’ when first arriving on the college hockey scene last fall, still finished as the third-leading scorer among all Nittany Lions freshmen last season after totaling five goals and a dozen points in 32 NCAA games.
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October 24, 2014
Pegula Ice Arena – State College, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 6,043

PENN STATE 3 – HOLY CROSS 1

33:29 … PSU – DeRosa (Glen)
47:23 … HC – Pooley (Sommer, Moore)
52:32 … PSU – Scheid (Gardiner, Brooks)- ppg
56:14 … PSU – Bailey (Holstrom, Koudys)

shots-on-goal : PSU 50 ( 10 + 19 + 21 ) – HC 30 ( 14 + 4 + 12 )

penalty minutes : HC 20 – PSU 8

power plays : PSU 1/9 – HC 0/3

PENN STATE : Skoff – Juha, Varley ; Autio, Williamson ; Koudys, Sweetland – Goodwin, Holstrom, Bailey ; Loik, Scheid, Robinson ; Glen, Gardiner, Brooks ; Richard, Conway, DeRosa

HOLY CROSS : Ginn – McNamara, Beckman ; Bolton, Smith ; Muratore, Nagy – Finn, Moore, Driscoll ; McKinnon, Lubanski, Vidal ; Dwyer, Youso, Gustin ; Sommer, Barrett, Pooley

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Penn State goaltender Matthew Skoff increased his save percentage this season to .925 while lowering his goals-against-average this season to 2.14 in the triumph over visiting Holy Cross at the Pegula Ice Arena on Friday night … as a freshman two years ago, Skoff made 32 saves against the Crusaders on the road in Massachusetts but the Nittany Lions still lost their first-ever engagement with Holy Cross 5-4 in overtime.

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Alaska / Fairbanks 4 – Penn State 3


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Two rapid-fire goals scored just twenty-seven seconds apart inside the last six minutes of regulation play by a third-line right wing propelled the # 19 ranked Alaska – Fairbanks Nanooks to a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the luckless Penn State Nittany Lions in the well-played finale of the 2014 Brice Alaska Goal Rush Tournament.

It was, in fact, the second consecutive time in a row at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks that the Nittany Lions conceded two unanswered goals in the last six minutes of a game and simultaneously surrendered victory in the process. Indeed, if ice hockey games were only 54 minutes long, then Penn State would have joyfully carted off the very first tournament trophy ever won in school history by now having defeated both the Alaska – Anchorage Seawolves and the Alaska – Fairbanks Nanooks back-to-back. But, unfortunately for third-year head coach Guy Gadowsky‘s charges, that is simply not the case.

Penn State can be commended for twice falling behind but quickly responding with with equalizing goals on both occasions. Nittany Lions center Eric Scheid, the 22-year-old redshirt junior from Blaine, Minnesota, who scored six goals for the Alaska – Anchorage Seawolves during the 2011/12 NCAA campaign, did well to react to a rebound in front after Nanooks senior goalie Sean Cahill could not control a big blast from visiting defenseman Connor Varley. The ever-opportunistic Scheid, Penn State’s leading marksman last term with eleven strikes, shot the puck through the five-hole of Cahill, the 24-year-old Canadian legionnaire from Calgary, Alberta, who was making his first appearance for Alaska – Fairbanks this season, and promptly celebrated his second goal of this new 2014/15 NCAA season.

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Penn State center Taylor Holstrom (28), the experienced senior from Yorba Linda, California, who had collected two goals and six points in the Nittany Lions’ first three games of this new 2014/15 NCAA season, was conspicuously absent from head coach Guy Gadowsky’s lineup versus the Alaska – Fairbanks Nanooks on Saturday night … Holstrom, who currently counts 19 goals and 40 points in 63 career NCAA games for Penn State, had two assists on Friday but also suffered an upper body injury against the Alaska – Fairbanks Seawolves.
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Varley scored his first goal for Penn State in almost 22 full months with another long-range drive that somehow managed to negotiate its way through heavy traffic … previously, the last goal that the 22-year-old homegrown junior from Lansdale had notched on behalf of the Nittany Lions had come against the University of Connecticut Huskies back on January 4th in 2013.

Penn State also did very well to capitalize on a five-minute major penalty and grab the lead a little past the halfway point of the contest when Max Gardiner, the 22-year-old redshirt senior from Deephaven, Minnesota, who was the third round choice (# 74 overall) of the St. Louis Blues at the 2010 National Hockey League Draft, scored on the power play. After finishing as the Nittany Lions’ third-leading scorer with 22 points (three goals) in 27 NCAA games two seasons ago, the former University of Minnesota Golden Gophers right wing went goalless in 22 appearances for Penn State last term. Prior to his strike against the Nanooks on Saturday night, Gardiner’s last collegiate goal had arrived at the expense of the University of Alabama – Hunstville Chargers on February 8th, 2013.

And so it was Alaska – Fairbanks freshman right wing Austin Vieth who became the big hero of the 2014 Brice Alaska Goal Rush by scoring his first two collegiate goals very late in the third period against Penn State in the tournament finale at the Carlson Center. The 20-year-old out of Marinette, Wisconsin, also added an assist on the Nanooks’ first goal of the evening, as well, and ended up walking off with the award for Most Valuable Player of the entire four-game tournament. Some mention must be made, then, of the netminder Cahill, who came up with 40 saves against the Nittany Lions.

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October 18, 2014
Carlson Center – Fairbanks, Alaska
Attendance : 3,584

ALASKA / FAIRBANKS 4 – PENN STATE 3

04:53 … UAF – Munson (B. Morley, Vieth)
05:26 … PSU – Scheid (Varley, Robinson)
24:17 … UAF – Huysmans (T. Morley, Perry)
25:25 … PSU – Varley (Loik, Brooks)
32:09 … PSU – Gardiner (Williamson, Juha) – ppg
54:03 … UAF – Vieth (Atkinson, Krieger)
54:30 … UAF – Vieth (T. Morley)

shots-on-goal : PSU 43 (10 + 15 + 18) – UAF 33 (12 + 11 + 10)

penalty minutes : UAF 9 – PSU 4

power plays : PSU 1/4 – UAF 0/2

ALASKA – FAIRBANKS : Cahill – Froese, Parayko ; Atkinson, Kaiser ; Tateson, Campbell – Perry, T. Morley, Huysmans ; Sparrow, Krieger, Basara ; B. Morley, Munson, Vieth ; Erickson, Hochhausen, Youngmun

PENN STATE : Skoff – Koudys, Varley ; Jensen, Juha ; Williamson, Autio – Goodwin, Conway, Bailey ; Richard, Scheid, Robinson ; Loik, Glen, Brooks ; Olczyk, Gardiner, DeRosa

Note — Nanooks defenseman Colton Parayko (2012) and Nittany Lions forward Max Gardiner (2010) are both third round NHL Draft picks of the St. Louis Blues

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Penn State Nittany Lions netminder Matthew Skoff was certainly a sympathy selection as far as his place on the All-Tournament Team for the 2014 Brice Alaska Goal Rush is concerned. It’s not that the 22-year-old homegrown junior from McKees Rocks played so poorly, it’s just that a save percentage of .881 and seven goals allowed in two games at the Carlson Center is not so worthy. A much more deserving selection for the goaltender position on the all-star squad would have clearly been Alaska – Anchorage Seawolves shot-stopper Michael Matyas, who foiled all three Penn State attempts in a shootout and posted a fine save percentage of .922 while conceding only four goals during his two games played in Fairbanks.

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Penn State 3 – Alaska / Anchorage 3


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Penn State forward David Goodwin (9), the 22-year-old sophomore left wing from Des Peres, Missouri, who scored a late game-tying goal with the Nittany Lions’ net empty against the visiting UConn Huskies at the Pegula Ice Arena in State College, Pennsylvania, one week earlier, battles for control of the puck after a faceoff with Alaska – Anchorage Seawolves center Matt Anholt (17) during the opening game of this season’s Brice Alaska Goal Rush being held at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks, Alaska.
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Despite being held in check throughout much of this contest witnessed by several thousands fans disguised as empty seats, the “home” side were able to strike back for two vital goals inside the final six minutes of regulation play — including a dramtic, game-tying tally with the goaltender on the bench in lieu of a sixth attacker — as the Alaska – Anchorage Seawolves rallied to tie the Penn State Nittany Lions 3-3 in the opening match of the 2014 Brice Alaska Goal Rush tournment.

The Nittany Lions absolutely domintated while outshooting the Seawolves 14-4 in the first period. The visitors from the East Coast jumped out to an early lead roughly four and a half minutes in after Canadian legionnaire Curtis Loik made a fine solo rush down the left wing side after initially gaining possession of the puck well behind his own blue line. A sharp-angle shot from the left faceoff circle conspired to beat Alaska – Anchorage sophomore netminder Michael Matyas and provided the 21-year-old junior from West Vancouver, British Columbia, his first goal of this 2014/15 NCAA campaign and his thirteenth career strike sporting the colors on behalf of Penn State.

The Nittany Lions doubled their advantage less than five minutes later after Canadian legionnaire Dylan Richard, the 21-year-old from Sherweood Park, Alberta, who tied for the Penn State team lead with 11 assists as a freshman last season, netted on the power play after taking a screened wrist shot from the top of the right faceoff circle. The Seawolves pulled a goal back in the second period on the power play after Richard, himself, was penalized for holding the stick of an Alaska -Fairbanks player. Junior center Blake Tatchell, the 23-year-old from North Battlefield, Saskatchewan, who led the Seawolves with 25 assists last term, notched his first goal of this new season

Alaska native Casey Bailey restored Penn State’s two-goal lead late in the second period on the power play with a long-range wrist shot from the left point. Bailey’s second strike in as many games — his 25th career goal for the Nittany Lions — looked for a moment as if it might be enough for this extremely defensive-oriented affair at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks. But the Seawolves defense would reorganize themselves to completely strangle the life out of the Nittany Lions’ attack in the final frame and ultimately set the table for what was to eventually transpire.

A two-minute slashing minor to native Englishman Scott Conway, the somewhat highly touted 19-year-old freshman who helped the Indiana Ice capture the Clark Cup (the United States Hockey League title) last season, allowed Alaska – Anchorage to halve the deficit to one after Canadian legionnaire Blake Leask, the 22-year-old junior defenseman from Beaumont, Alberta, who did not appear at the Kendall Hockey Classic last weekend, struck on the power play from the point with less than six minutes remaining in the contest. The Seawolves withdrew their goaltender Matyas in the closing stages and this always-risky tactic paid almost immediate dividends when Canadian legionnaire Austin Coldwell, the 24-year-old senior from Vancouver, Washington, whose six tallies accounted for exactly half of all goals scored by Alaska – Anchorage blueliners last season, connected on his long-range effort.

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October 17, 2014
Carlson Center – Fairbanks, Alaska
Attendance : 772

PENN STATE 3 – ALASKA / ANCHORAGE 3

04:33 … PSU – Loik (Conway)
08:47 … PSU – Richard (Jensen, Holstrom) – ppg
16:14 … UAA – Tatchell (Allen, Brown) – ppg
37:53 … PSU – Bailey (Jensen, Holstrom) – ppg
54:19 … UAA – Leask (Trupp, van Allen) – ppg
58:51 … UAA – Coldwell (Duwe) – ext att

shots-on-goal : PSU 27 ( 14 + 8 + 2 + 3 ) – UAA 26 ( 4 + 9 + 10 + 3 )

penalty minutes : PSU 8 – UAA 6

power plays : PSU 2/3 – UAA 2/4

ALASKA – ANCHORAGE : Matyas – Brown, Coldwell, Docken, Leask, Sevalrud, van Allen – Allen, Anholt, Azurdia, Conti, Duwe, Friesen, Hubbs, Kozun, Matthews, Rassell, Tatchell, Trupp

PENN STATE : Skoff – Koudys, Thompson ; Williamson, Autio ; Jensen, Varley – Goodwin, Holstrom, Bailey ; Richard, Scheid, Brooks ; Loik, Glen, Conway ; Olczyk, Gardiner, Robinson

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Penn State Nittany Lions defenseman David Thompson (22) was carried off on a stretcher late in the overtime session with the Alaska – Anchorage Seawolves at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks. The 22-year-old homegrown sophomore from Glens Mills was taken to a local hospital and stitched back together after suffering a serious stomach laceration. Thompson, who proved to be a real pleasant surprise while appearing in the second-most games played by any Penn State rearguard last season, is expected to make a speedy recovery but, of course, will be unavailable when head coach Guy Gadowsky’s long-distance travelers face off against the tournament host, the University of Alaska – Fairbanks Nanooks, on Saturday night.

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