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Penn State Nip Intra-State Rival Robert Morris For Place In Three Rivers Classic Final

Robert Morris University right wing JEFF JONES (11), the junior Canadian import from Revelstoke, British Columbia, attempts to halt the progress of the Pennsylvania State University assistant captain NATE JENSEN (24), the redshirt junior defenseman from Shorewood, Minnesota, behind the net during the 2nd Annual Three Rivers Classic confrontation of intra-state rivals at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

The Nittany Lions fell behind twice despite overwhelmingly outshooting their Commonwealth of Pennsylvania adversaries by the amazing margin of 62-28 over the course of the evening and were also agonizingly forced to wait until only 100 seconds remained in regulation play, itself, for a dramatic game-winner but, indeed, PENN STATE scored an important 3-2 triumph over stubborn ROBERT MORRIS to reach the Final of the 2nd annual THREE RIVERS CLASSIC in Pittsburgh.

The unruly Colonials, who conquered the Nittany Lions 6-0 at the inaugural Three Rivers Classic twelve months ago, jumped out in front early in the second period on the power play after Nittany Lions Killer CORY WYDO, the junior right wing from Allen Park, Michigan, who had scored six goals in his last two games against Penn State coming into the 2013 Three Rivers Classic, won a face-off cleanly and Canadian legionnaire TYSON WILSON, the redshirt sophomore rearguard from Brockville, Ontraio, found the back of the net with a first-time shot that negotiated its way through both heavy traffic as well as Penn State goaltender MATTHEW SKOFF.

Penn State were able to equalize with a power play of its own, however, roughly six minutes later when defenseman NATE JENSEN wristed a blue line shot that also found its way through a maze of bodies to score his second goal of this season. It was, of course, the redshirt junior rearguard from the Land of 10,000 Lakes who had tallied the Nittany Lions’ very first goal ever scored at the newly-constructed Pegula Ice Arena in State College. Solid forechecking work in the offensive zone by Penn State Canadian legionnaire CURTIS LOIK, the sophomore left wing from West Vancouver, British Columbia, paved the way for Jensen’s strike.


Penn State left wing CASEY BAILEY (25), the snake-bit sophomore from Anchorage, Alaska, who topped the fledling Nittany Lions last term with 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) in 27 NCAA games but has found the back of the net just one single time so far this season, is denied by in-form Robert Morris shot-stopper TERRY SHAFER during the Three Rivers Classic contest at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Penn State were nearing fifty shots on target for the game as the second intermission rapidly approached but it was Robert Morris Canadian legionnaire DAVID FRIEDMANN, the sophomore center from Toronto, Ontario, who gave the undaunted Colonials their second lead of the evening with just 1:21 remaining in the second period.

The Nittany Lions, however, remained patient and continued to throw pucks at Colonials netminder TERRY SHAFER from all sorts of angles, even ones which offered low percentages, at every conceivable opportuity. A power play chance nearing the halfway point of the third period finally provided Penn State the chance to level the terms of this intra-state affair. Nittany Lions captain TOMMY OLCZYK got the puck from center RICKY DEROSA, the homegrown freshman from Aston who was not even a regular in the line-up for head coach GUY GADOWSKY at the beginning of this 2013/14 campaign, and had his initial shot saved by Shafer but the resulting rebound gave Penn State a 2-2 draw and the junior from Long Grove, Illinois, a career-high fourth goal on the season.

The contest seemed to be heading for overtime but then the Penn State policy of continuously throwing pucks at the net suddenly paid a huge dividend in the form of a lucky break with regulation time running very low. Veteran center TAYLOR HOLSTROM, the redshirt junior from Yorba Linda, California, who was the fourth-leading scorer with 17 points (nine goals, eight assists) for the Nittany Lions last season, had his shot from the high slot fatefully blocked by Robert Morris freshman defenseman JOHN REY but the puck slid fortuitously right to Penn State sharpshooter ERIC SCHEID in the right face-off circle. With plenty of the net showing, the redshirt sophomore from Blaine, Minnesota, had no trouble scoring his team-leading eighth goal of this term and booking the Nittany Lions’ place in the 2013 Three Rivers Classic Final.


Penn State right wing ERIC SCHEID (19), the redshirt sophomore who totaled six goals in 30 NCAA games for the University of Alaska – Anchorage as a freshman two years ago and spent last season skating for the Lincoln Stars in the United States Hockey League, has a shot on Robert Morris netminder TERRY SHAFER (1) during the 2013 Three Rivers Classic encounter at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

December 27, 2013
Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Attendance : 8,533


22:50 … RMU – Wilson (Wydo) – ppg
28:58 … PSU – Jensen (Glen, Loik) – ppg
38:39 … RMU – Friedmann (Denham, Moore)
49:14 … PSU – Olczyk (DeRosa, Thompson) – ppg
58:20 … PSU – Scheid (Holstrom, Koudys)

shots-on-goal : PSU 62 (19 + 27 + 16) – RMU 28 (10 + 11 + 7)

penalty minutes : RMU 12 – PSU 8

PENN STATE : Skoff – Juha, Williamson ; Koudys, Thompson ; Jensen, Varley – Goodwin, Holstrom, Scheid ; Olczyk, DeRosa, Saar ; Loik, Glen, Brooks ; Bailey, Richard, Milley

ROBERT MORRIS : Shafer – Moore, Blazek ; Renwick, Golightly ; Wilson, Rey – South, Lynch, Wydo ; Cope, Jacklin, Jones ; Gibson, Friedmann, Denham ; Roy, Rigatti, Robillard


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2nd Annual Three Rivers Classic – Penn State vs Robert Morris



7:30 PM EST ….. PENN STATE (3-9-1) vs ROBERT MORRIS (2-10-2)

Friday evening’s prime time event at the 2013 THREE RIVERS CLASSIC offers an always-interesting intra-state battle between hometown ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY and the PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY, a pair of struggling Division I ice hockey programs who are both incredibly hungry to taste victory far more often this season.

Almost two months ago, to review, it was the visiting Nittany Lions who outlasted the pesky Colonials 5-4 in a tense, back-and-forth affiar at the little 84 Lumber Arena in Pittsburgh. But, of course, it was only twelve months ago that a clearly motivated Robert Morris absolutely routed Penn State 6-0 at the much larger Consol Engergy Center in the very first installment of the Three Rivers Classic. With the Colonials still leading the all-time series with the Nittany Lions by the count of two games to one, Penn State certainly have a few different reasons to be looking to settle some scores when the two universities take the ice on Friday night for only the fourth occasion in ice hockey history.

Penn State have only been victorious once, that being an unimpressive display against visiting Sacred Heart, since their last encounter with Robert Morris. The Nittany Lions are in the midst of a six-game losing streak although it must be said that all three of those opponents (UMass-Lowell, Union College and Wisconsin) are fairly highly ranked nationally and pointed out that head coach GUY GADOWSKY’s never-say-die troops have lost by only one goal in four of those six games.


Penn State right wing KENNY BROOKS (13) is confronted by a pair of Robert Morris defenders during the inaugural Three Rivers Classic contest between the the two Commonwealth adversaries at the Consol Engergy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, twelve months ago.

It is a very good bet that Penn State sophomore goaltender MATTHEW SKOFF will be the starting netminder for the Nittany Lions opposite Robert Morris at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh on Friday night. The 20-year-old native of McKees Rock has appeared in all three of Penn State’s previous three matches (3.38 avg, .911 svpct) against the rival Colonials and actually made a Nittany Lions’ school record 48 saves his last time out versus Robert Morris.

One obvious key to Penn State success on the opening day of the 2nd Annual Three Rivers Classic will be the ability of the Nittany Lions to sincerely test Robert Morris goaltender TERRY SHAFER, the 22-year-old sophomore from Rochester, New York, who has taken over the number one netminding chores (12 ga, 3.69 avg, .898 svpct) for the Colonials this season. As matters stand right now, only eight Division I teams (out of the total of 59 schools who compete at the highest level of NCAA ice hockey) have conceded, on average, more goals per game than Robert Morris University. Ironically enough, one of those squads just so happens to be, in fact, the Penn State Nittany Lions!

It is also imperative that the Penn State defense find a way to shut down CORY WYDO, the lethal right wing who easily led the Colonials by scoring 22 goals in 38 NCAA games last season. The 22-year-old junior from Allen Park, Michigan, also tops the Pittsburgh-based club this season, as well, having shot twelve goals in the first 14 NCAA contests for Robert Morris this term. Without question, Wydo has already proven himself to be nothing short of a devastating thorn thoroughly stuck in the paw of the Colonials’ intra-state adversary — the compact (5’10″ 175 lbs) sharpshooter has scored six goals in his last two games against Penn State, including all four of the home side’s strikes in the Nittany Lions’ 5-4 triumph at the 84 Lumber Arena earlier this fall.


Robert Morris right wing CORY WYDO (23) carries the puck in on Penn State goaltender MATTHEW SKOFF (31) and will soon successfully convert on this penalty shot that had been awarded early in the third period of this particular NCAA non-conference clash involving the visiting intra-state rivals from State College held on the very first day of this past November at the little 84 Lumber Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Penn State 5 – Robert Morris 4

Robert Morris left wing CODY WYDO (23) takes the puck on a penalty shot and skates in on Penn State goaltender MATT SKOFF (31) early in the third period of the intense intra-state rivalry contest at the overflowing little 84 Lumber Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Despite falling behind while being badly outshot in the opening period of play, the visitors rallied for three unanswered goals in the first half of the second session before eventually snapping a deadlock via a pair of power play goals in the final frame as slumping PENN STATE posted a big 5-4 victory over a very competitive and hungry ROBERT MORRIS in front of an energetic, standing-room-only crowd of 1,352 spectators.

CODY WYDO, the undersized left wing (5’11″ 175 lbs) from Allen Park, Michigan, who led Robert Morris with 21 goals last season, jumped on a rebound down low to sent the home side in front on the power play a little more than five minutes into the contest. Wydo, it should be remembered, notched two goals in the Colonials’ 6-0 rout of Penn State the last time these two teams met roughly ten months ago. Robert Morris, who came into the match still seeking a first triumph on this 2013/14 campaign, continued to press that attack and launched 19 shots on the Nittany Lions’ cage.

Were it not for the fine work of Penn State goaltender MATT SKOFF, the sophomore from the Pittsburgh area (McKees Rock), the Nittany Lions might have headed to the locker room for the first intermission trailing by much more than the 1-0 scoreline (as had been the case ten months ago).

It would take Penn State all of two minutes to haul itself back onto level terms when ERIC SCHEID, the redshirt sophomore transfer from the University of Alaska – Anchorage, skated in down the right side on a two-on-one and snapped a left-handed wrist shot past Robert Morris goaltender TERRY SHAFER to record his third goal of this season for the Nittany Lions. Almost seven minutes later, Penn State assumed its first lead of the evening when a left point shot from defenseman LUKE JUHA eluded the screened Shafer and allowed the sophomore from Mississauga, Ontario, to celebrate his second goal of this season. Just 69 seconds later, the Nittany Lions extended the margin to 3-1 when captain TOMMY OLCZYK made a nice play in the high slot to control the puck with his skate and finish with authority.


Penn State captain TOMMY OLCZYK (14), the junior penalty-killing specialist from Long Grove, Illinois, who registered all of three goals in 26 NCAA games for the Nittany Lions last season, scored his second goal in as many contests this term for the visitors in the second period against host Robert Morris at the little 84 Lumber Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The Colonials were not about to quit and pulled a goal back less than two minutes before the second intermission arrived on a counterattack that was concluded when Wydo redirected a fine cross-ice centering pass from ROBILLARD. A little more than three minutes into the third period, Robert Morris were presented with a glorious opportunity when x was whistled for hauling down the ever-dangerous Wydo. The Colonials’ sniper made no mistake and beat easily Skoff to the stick side.

Much to the visiting Nittany Lions’ credit, Penn State immedatiately restored its advantage after being given another power play chance of it own almost immediately thereafter. The previously snake-bitten COREY BAILEY, the sophomore left wing from Anchorage, Alaska, who scored 14 goals for Penn State last season but has been held off the scoresheet despite firing 20 pucks on net through the Nittany Lions’ first five games this term, picked up a loose disc in between the circles and actually had his first shot blocked by the sprawling Robert Morris netminder. But the alert Bailey quickly netted his own rebound, however, and could not have selected a better moment to finally break his personal scoring drought!

At the other end, Skoff would be called into action as a result of Robert Morris attacks on numerous occasions and, in the end, wound up with a career-high 48 saves for the Nittany Lions.

The climatic moment came when Penn State defenseman MIKE WILLIAMSON, the freshman from Leduc, Alberta, who was the sixth round selection (# 175 overall) of the Vancouver Canucks at the 2013 National Hockey League Draft last summer, found himself all alone in front of the net after a faceoff in the Robert Morris zone. Williamson’s first-ever collegiate goal would prove to be a massive strike, as well, for the Colonials were still not quite through. This because Robert Morris lifted their goaltender if favor of a sixth attacker and, sure enough, the amazing Wydo grabbed his fourth goal of the contest with only 12 seconds left on the clock.

Nevertheless, the Nittany Lions hold on and secure a morale-boosting result on the road against a fierce intra-state rival.


In his last dozen starts dating back to last season, Penn State sophomore goaltender MATT SKOFF (31) has delivered eight wins against three losses with one tie (2.66 goals-against-average, .918 save percentage).

November 1, 2013
84 Lumber Arena – Pittburgh, Pennsylvania
Attendance : 1,352


05:19 … RMU – Wydo (Lynch, Wilson) – ppg
22:01 … PSU – Scheid (De Rosa)
28:44 … PSU – Juha (Goodwin, Richard) – ppg
29:53 … PSU – Olczyk (Jensen)
38:12 … RMU – Wydo (Robillard, Jacklin)
43:09 … RMU – Wydo (penalty shot)
45:10 … PSU – Bailey (Holstrom, Jensen) – pgg
58:11 … PSU – Williamson (Holstrom, Gardiner) – ppg
59:48 … RMU – Wydo (Lynch, Jacklin) eng

shots-on-goal : R.M.U. 52 (19 + 17 + 16) – PENN STATE 41 (8 + 16 + 17)

penalty minutes : PENN STATE 14 (plus ten-minute misconduct) – R.M.U. 14

ROBERT MORRIS : Shafer – Renwick, Blazek ; Moore, Golightly ; Wilson, Rey – Wydo, Jacklin, Robillard ; South, D. Friedmann, Lynch; Cope, Rigatti, Denham ; Roy, Gibson, Leavens

PENN STATE : Skoff – Juha, Yanis ; Koudys, Williamson ; Jensen, Thompson – Gardiner, Holstrom, Scheid ; Bailey, Richard, Goodwin ; Loik, McDonagh, Brooks ; Olczyk, DeRosa, J. Friedman

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Reporting On Robert Morris, 2013

ZACH HERVATO (14), the diminutive center (5’8″ 170 lbs) from Stittsville, Ontario, who was the third-leading scorer (29 pts, 12 go, 17 as) as well as the second-most penalized player (52 minutes) for ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY during the 2012/13 NCAA campaign, went pointless in three East Coast Hockey League appearances last spring for the Trenton Titans (farm club of the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers) and now skates for Neuilly-sur-Marne in the French second division.

ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY are coming off the most successful season in the brief history of the men’s ice hockey program having posted a record of 20 wins against 14 ties with a pair of ties during the 2012/13 NCAA campaign. However, head coach DEREK SCHOOLEY must contend with major graduation losses which include the loss undrafted left wing ADAM BRACE, the Colonials’ leading scorer last term (38 ga, 14 go, 41 pts) who made the roster of the Charlotte Checkers in the American Hockey League this season, as well as relaible, workhorse goaltender ERIC LEVINE (35 ga, 2.55 avg, .929 save pct).

Robert Morris have had a rough ride and remain winless after the completion of its first five games of this 2013/14 schedule. After dropping a pair of games on the road to Lake Superior State, the Colonials rebouded to earn a 3-3 draw with Niagara. But the Robert Morris then bowed in a home-and-home border battle with regional rival Ohio State from the Big Ten Conference.

First choice between the pipes for Robert Morris has been TERRY SHAFER, the 22-year-old sophomore from Rochester, New York, who only made four appearances (3.08 avg, .888 save pct) as a rookie. Shafer has appeared in all five games (four starts, 4.17 avg, .888 save pct) for Schooley’s club this season, as well, and will continue as the number one, at least for the time being. DALTON IZYK, the freshman from Oswego, New York, who started the Colonials’ second game opposite Lake Superior State, was injured in that contest and is expected to miss at least a month.

The danger man for Robert Morris is left wing CORY WYDO, the undersized junior (5’10″ 174 lbs) from Allen Park, Michigan, who led the Colonials with 21 goals in 38 NCAA games last season. The prolific Wydo, who netted a baker’s dozen goals as a freshman, is also off to a fast start this term, as well, having scored three times in R.M.U.’s first five games to bring his career total to 37 goals in 77 NCAA contests. Typically, Wydo’s center has been Canadian legionnaire SCOTT JACKLIN, the junior from Kimberley, British Columbia, who totaled 10 goals and 22 points a year ago.

Robert Morris do have the self-confidence generated from having beaten the intra-state foe Penn State in both contests last season.

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Penn State at Robert Morris, 2012


A goal less than two minutes into the game and another trio of strikes all within a three-minute span late in the opening period powered ROBERT MORRIS to a lopsided 6-0 triumph over intra-state rival PENN STATE on the opening day of the post-Christmas holiday tournament in Pittsburgh.

Junior defenseman ANDREW BLAZEK, one of several Pittsburgh-area natives on the Colonials’ roster, opened the scoring at the Consol Energy Center for Robert Morris at the 1:49 mark and would later be joined on the scoresheet later in the period by Canadian legionnaire ADAM BRACE, the senior left wing from Cobden, Ontario, who would go on to lead the Colonials with 41 points (14 goals) during the 2012/13 NCAA campaign, and two-goal CORY WYDO, the lethal sophomore left wing from Allen Park, Michigan.

Penn State sophomore goaltender P.J. MUSICO was benched after the first period in favor of MATT SKOFF, the freshman from the Pittsburgh area (McKees Rock), who later surrendered goals to Robert Morris freshman left wing MATT COPE as well as the Colonials’ senior defenseman TYLER HINDS.


Robert Morris center SCOTT JACKLIN (19) and Colonials left wing CODY WYDO (23) position themselves as Penn State goaltender MATT SKOFF (31) tracks the puck during the post-Christmas, intra-state rivalry match contested at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

December 28, 2012
Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Attendance : 11,663


01:49 … RMU – Blazek (unassisted)
16:33 … RMU – Brace (Hinds)
17:01 … RMU – Wydo (Friedmann, Renwick)
19:22 … RMU – Wydo (Brace, Renwick)
44:23 … RMU – Cope (Lynch, Gibson) – ppg
55:52 … RMU – Hinds (Blazek, Jacklin)

shots-on-goal : PENN STATE 48 (18 + 14 + 16) – R.M.U. 41 (21 + 4 + 16)

penalty minutes : R.M.U. 14 – PENN STATE 13 (plus game misconduct)

ROBERT MORRIS : Levine – Renwick, Hinds, Golightly, Moore, Jamison, Blazek – South, D. Friedmann, Jones, Hervato, Gibson, Cope, Jacklin, Roy, Wydo, Lynch, Brace, Denham

PENN STATE : Musico (Skoff 21′) – O’Brien, Varley, Juha, Sweetland, Lordo, Jensen – J. Friedman, McDonagh, Glen, Brooks, Olczyk, Loik, Longo, Bailey, Steinour, Saad, Gardiner, Holstrom


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