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Penn State 7 – UConn 1


A shorthanded goal as well as another pair of strikes within twenty-six seconds of each other were all part of a five-goal second period explosion from the home side as hungry Penn State overwhelmed visiting UConn 7-1 to win the 2014/15 NCAA season-opening series in convincing fashion.

Nittany Lions head coach Guy Gadowsky had stated the previous evening that his squad would clearly have to be more accountable to positive results this season and his players obviously took this message to heart. In a most direct response, six different skaters put their names on the scoresheet as Penn State scored seven goals in a single ice hockey game for the very first time in school history. Powering the attack with three points apiece in the lopsided triumph over UConn, the newest member of Hockey East who had defeated the Nittany Lions twice (4-3 and 4-1) two seasons ago in Storrs, were the senior two-goal scorer Taylor Holstrom as well as junior Casey Bailey in addition to sophomore David Goodwin.

Penn State’s first two goals came as a direct result of UConn netminder Rob Nichols‘ failure to control his rebounds. Canadian legionnaire David Glen, the 23-year-old junior from Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, who led the Nittany Lions with 16 goals in 27 NCAA games two seasons ago but slumped to just three goals in 32 appearances last term, pounced after Nichols kicked out a shot from Curtis Loik, the 21-year-old Canadian import from West Vancouver, British Columbia, in the opening period. Eric Scheid, the 22-year-old from Blaine, Minnesota, who paced Penn State with both 11 goals and 20 points last season, followed up his own shot and doubled the home side’s advantage only 43 seconds into the second session.


Penn State center ERIC SCHEID, the redshirt junior who scored six goals in 30 games as a freshman for the University of Alaska – Anchorage during the 2011/12 NCAA campaign, flips the puck past UConn netminder ROB NICHOLS early in the second period at the magnificent Pegula Ice Arena. =============================================================================

Penn State’s defense had come up large early in the first period after defenseman Connor Varley, the 22-year-old homegrown junior from Lansdale who had only six penalty minutes all of last season, was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct for checking from behind. With Canadian legionnaire and new team captain Patrick Koudys, the 22-year-old senior from Smithville, Ontario, who was the fifth round choice (# 147 overall) of the Washington Capitals at the 2011 National Hockey League Draft, already sitting in the box after being caught for interference, the Nittany Lions were forced to contend with a 5-on-3 situation but did so admirably. Also setting the stage for the forthcoming offensive fireworks was Penn State goaltender Matthew Skoff, the 23-year-old homegrown junior from McKees Rocks who stopped all 14 UConn shots he faced in the opening twenty minutes.

Skoff, who registered all eight of the Nittany Lions’ victories last season, enjoyed an excellent opening weekend series while stopping 54 out of the 57 Huskies shots that came his way in the two contests for an outstanding .947 save percentage.

Holstrom, the 24-year-old senior right wing from Yorba Linda, California, who has now scored 19 goals in 61 NCAA games for Penn State in his collegiate career, grabbed a stranglehold of the game for the home side in the second period by sandwiching a pair of strikes around UConn’s lone goal. Goodwin, the 22-year-old sophomore left wing from Des Peres, Missouri, who had the dramatic, game-tying goal for the Nittany Lions in the season opener against the Huskies the previous night, made certain there would be no way back for the visitors. Bailey, the 23-year-old from Anchorage, Alaska, put the finishing touches on the Penn State’s rout by notching his 24th career goal on his 60th career NCAA appearance.

Canadian legionnaire Jonathan Milley, the monstrous right wing (6’4″ 245 lbs) originally hailing from Gatineau in the Province of Quebec, also lit proverbial lamp on behalf of the irresistible Nittany Lions.



October 11, 2014
Pegula Ice Arena – State College, Pennsylvania
Attendance : 6,016


13:24 … PSU – Glen (Loik)
20:43 … PSU – Scheid (Milley)
24:10 … PSU – Holstrom (Richard) – shg
26:02 … UCONN – Naas (Tyson, Segalla)
33:01 … PSU – Holstrom (Bailey, Goodwin)
33:27 … PSU – Goodwin (Holstrom, Bailey)
38:52 … PSU – Milley (Goodwin, Juha)- ppg
56:27 … PSU – Bailey (Juha)

shots-on-goal : PSU 42 ( 12 + 18 + 12 ) – UCONN 29 ( 14 + 8 + 7 )

penalty minutes : PSU 23 – UCONN 10

power plays : PSU 1/4 – UCONN 0/3

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

UCONN : Nichols (Communale) – Pratt, Segalla, Huson, Poe, Austin, Kunnas – Naas, Pauly, Ronan, Norris, Smith, Tyson, Gerling, Richardson, Wight, Kirtland, Sharib, Ferriss

Note — Penn State’s previous school record for most goals in any single NCAA Division I game was established when the Nittany Lions defeated Sacred Heart 6-3 almost two years ago on October 27, 2012.


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Penn State 2 – UConn 2


Despite controlling the tempo throughout much of the match, the hosts left it rather late but did find an equalizer after lifting the goaltender in favor of a sixth attacker as PENN STATE skated to a 2-2 tie with the visiting UCONN in the 2014/15 NCAA season opener for both schools.

The Nittany Lions came out flying in the first period and dominated (13-5) in the shots-on-goal department but were unable to put a puck past competent Huskies goaltender Rob Nichols, the sophomore native of Dallas, Texas, who put up strong numbers (13 ga, 1.91 avg, .939 save percentage) in a reserve role last term. The University of Connecticut, who upgraded to Division I in 1998 and are now full-fledged members of the powerful Hockey East conference, righted their ship and went to the lead just after the halfway point of the contest thanks to Patrick Kirtland, the junior left wing whose father had played Division III college hockey for UConn in the late 1970s and whose brother had skated for Ohio State only just a few years ago. Earning an assist on the goal for the visitors was Joona Kunnas, the sturdy sophomore defenseman by way of Vantaa, Finland.

Ironically enough, Penn State’s newly imported Finnish rearguard, Erik Autio, the 19-year-old freshman from Espoo who represented his country at the IIHF World U-18 Junior Championships two seasons ago, drew a minus for UConn’s opening salvo.

The Nittany Lions did not stay down for long after being awarded a penalty shot roughly four minutes later when talented Huskies defenseman Ryan Segalla, the sophomore from Hanover, Massachusetts, who was the fourth round selection(# 119 overall) of the Pittsburgh Penguins at the 2013 National Hockey League Draft, was caught for hooking from behind. Penn State right wing Tommy Olczyk converted his chance on the backhand to haul the home side level. It certainly had to be a most satisfying moment for the hard-working senior from Long Grove, Illinois, who, in late January of last season, had been denied on the penalty shot by the standout freshman goaltender for Boston College, Thatcher Demko, it should be remembered.

UConn appeared as if it might post its third consecutive triumph over Penn State in this new inter-regional rivalry series that was inaugurated two years ago when veteran right wing Trevor Gerling, the 23-year-old senior out of Seattle, Washington, redirected a point shot from defenseman Johnny Austin, the promising 19-year-old freshman from St. Louis Park, Minnesota, past Nittany Lions goaltender Matthew Skoff with just under five minutes to play in regulation.

But Penn State grabbed a deserved share of the spoils with Skoff on the bench and the net empty. A hustling play by David Goodwin enabled the sophomore left wing from Des Peres, Missouri who was the Nittany Lions’ second-leading scorer last season with 18 points to be the first to be able to react to a rebound left right there on the doorstep. A quick backhanded stab allowed Goodwin to record the eighth goal of his collegiate career and eventually saw to it that the Nittany Lions did not begin this 2014/15 NCAA campaign with a defeat.


Penn State right wing TOMMY OLCZYK tallied his ninth career NCAA goal for the Nittany Lions with a backhander through the five-hole on a penalty shot during the second period of the 2015 season-opening clash with the visiting University of Connecticut Huskies at the sold-out Pegula Ice Arena.

October 10, 2014
Pegula Ice Arena – State College, Pennsylvania
Attendance : 6,017


30:30 … UCONN – Kirtland (Norris, Kunnas)
34:27 … PSU – Olczyk (penalty shot)
45:14 … UCONN – Gerling (Austin, Naas)
59:12 … PSU – Goodwin (Holstrom, Richard) – ext att

shots-on-goal : PSU 35 ( 13 + 6 + 11 + 5 ) – UCONN 28 ( 5 + 11 + 10 + 2 )

penalty minutes : UCONN 4 – PSU 2

power plays : UCONN 0/1 – PSU 0/2

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

CONNECTICUT : Nichols – Segalla, Huson, Poe, Austin, Kunnas, Cooke – Naas, Pauly, Schwartz, Ronan, Norris, Tyson, Gerling, Richardson, Wright, Kirtland, Sharib, Ferriss


Penn State left wing DAVID GOODWIN, the 22-year-old who scored a goal against Army in the first game ever played at the Pegula Ice Arena and ultimately tied with fellow freshman Dylan Richard and sophomore defenseman Luke Juha for the Nittany Lions’ team lead with 11 assists last season, shovels the puck past UConn goaltender ROB NICHOLS in the final minute of regulation at the Pegula Ice Arena in State College, Pennsylvania.

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