After the home side had worked so hard to finally go back in front almost halfway through the final period, the visitors required less than four minutes to find an equalizer as host PENN STATE and the ROCHESTER INSTITUTE of TECHNOLOGY skated to a 3-3 in an NCAA non-conference affair in front of a standing-room-only crowd of 6,211 spectators at the new Pegula Ice Arena.
Penn State began when enough when DYLAN RICHARD, the freshman who had sat out the Nittany Lions’ last game against Air Force in Colorado Springs, scored his very first career NCAA goal to give the home side a 1-0 lead a little over six minutes into the contest.
But Penn State’s problems with maintaining discipline continued to mount when monster right wing ZACH SAAR, the 6’4″ 235-pound freshman from Richland, Michigan, was issued a two-minute minor for charging shortly thereafter and R.I.T. capitalized on the ensuing power play. Late in the first period, the indignant Tigers seized a 2-1 advantage after Nittany Lions senior center TAYLOR HOLSTROM had been sent to the penalty box for slashing. All this, of course, before Penn State sophomore center DAVID GLEN, the Canadian legionnaire who led the Nittany Lions with 16 goals in 27 games last season, was given a five-minute major penalty for kneeing and an automatic game misconduct, as well, at the 19:29 mark of the opening session.
Rochester Institute of Technology defenseman GREG NOYES (20), the Canadian import from London, Ontario, whose name recently appeared on a pre-season feature produced by the official website of the United States College Hockey Organization listing the top ten blueliners in the country, bumps Penn State’s naughty sophomore DAVID GLEN (11) off the puck during the NCAA non-conference meeting at the brand new Pegula Ice Arena.
Penn State, led by captain TOMMY OLCZYK, did yeoman’s work to kill off the major penalty, most of which coincided with the start of the second period. The Nittany Lions were finally able to get back on level terms with less than five minutes to skate in the second period when sophomore right wing ERIC SCHEID, the transfer from the University of Alaska – Anchorage who tallied a goal in each of his first two games for Penn State this season, set up linemate DAVID GOODWIN for a one-timer on the power play. It was a second goal in as many games at the brand new Pegula Ice Arena for the freshman Goodwin, who, like his classmate Richard, had also not dressed for the Nittany Lions’ second game at Air Force the previous weekend.
Despite all of its troubles staying out of the penalty box on this night, a redemption-seeking Penn State were still presented with a tremendous gift with almost nine minutes expired in the third period. Nittany Lions sophomore left wing CURTIS LOIK, the Canadian import from North Vancouver, British Columbia, cruised into the offensive zone on the right side and lofted a seemingly harmless puck towards the net that the Tigers goaltender JORDAN RABY, the junior from Tavistock, Ontario, who, otherwise, had a pretty good night stopping actual shots, completed misjudged and, somehow, permitted to enter the R.I.T. net. It was a stroke of luck, to be sure, but Penn State’s good fortune would not last long.
This because R.I.T. left wing BRAD MCGOWAN, the undrafted junior from Vancouver, British Columbia, who scored 18 goals (75 games) in his first two varsity seasons with the Tigers, wisely managed to avoid the tangled crowd at the front of Penn State’s cage and deftly backhanded the puck into the upper corner of the Nittany Lions’ net about four minutes later.
There was no more scoring in either regulation or the five-minute overtime period and, therefore, the Penn State – R.I.T. contest is entered into the official NCAA records as a tie.
Penn State center DAVID GOODWIN (9), the freshman from Des Peres, Missouri, who seems to benefit from skating at the Nittany Lions’ brand new hockey rink, races past Rochester Institute of Technology right wing DAN SCHULER (23) during the NCAA non-conference clash viewed by an overflow crowd at the Pegula Ice Arena in State College, Pennsylvania.
October 25, 2013
Pegula Ice Arena – State College, Pennsylvania
Attendance : 6,211
ROCHESTER INSTITUTE of TECHNOLOGY 3 – PENN STATE 3
06:15 … PSU – Richard (Koudys)
08:19 … RIT – A. Mitchell (McGowan, Colavecchia) – ppg
18:13 … RIT – Colavecchia (Garbowsky, Noyes) – ppg
35:21 … PSU – Goodwin (Scheid, Saar) – ppg
48:47 … PSU – Loik (Brooks)
52:41 … RIT – McGowan (Kuqali, Garbowsky)
shots-on-goal : PENN STATE 35 (14 + 9 + 11 + 1) – RIT 25 (5 + 9 + 10 + 1)
penalty minutes : PENN STATE 17 (plus game misconduct) – RIT 12
PENN STATE : Skoff – Juha, Yanis ; Koudys, Williamson ; Jensen,
D. Thompson – Loik, Glen, Brooks ; Bailey, Goodwin, Scheid ; Gardiner, Holstrom, Saar ; Olczyk, Richard, DeRosa
R.I.T. – Raby – Descoteaux, Shumway ; Kuqali, Noyes ; Perron-Fontaine, Holland – Colvaecchia, Lynch, J. Mitchell ; McGowan, Garbowsky, Schuler ; Smith, Cameron, A. Mitchell ; B. Thompson, Hamburg, Miller
Penn State center DYLAN RICHARD (12), the freshman import from Sherwood Park, Alberta, slips the puck through the five-hole of fellow Canadian legionnaire, Rochester Institute of Technology goaltender JORDAN RUBY (40), to net his first-ever collegiate goal in the United States of America during the NCAA non-conference match-up at the sold-out Pegula Ice Arena in State College, Pennsylvania.