UMass / Lowell 4 – Penn State 0


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Penn State defenseman DAVID THOMPSON (22), the homegrown freshman from Glen Mills who has established himself as a regular in the line-up while emerging as the Nittany Lions’ leader with a + 3 plus/minus rating through the team’s first eight games of this season, tangles with UMass – Lowell’s Canadian legionnaire SCOTT WILSON (23), the junior left wing who was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the seventh round (# 209 overall) of the 2011 National Hockey League Draft, along the boards during the NCAA non-conference clash at the Pegula Ice Arena in State College.
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An early strike less than two minutes into the game and another pair of goals scored exactly two minutes apart in the first part of the second period provided the visitors with more than enough firepower on this historic night in State College as # 16 / # 13 UNIVERSITY of MASSACHUSETTS – LOWELL blanked punchless PENN STATE 4-0 in an NCAA non-conference meeting.

An NCAA Frozen Four participant last season and the first nationally ranked team to ever appear at the Pegula Ice Arena, it was, perhaps, fitting that it the River Hawks scored on their first official shot on goal just 1:51 into the game. Penn State were caught flat-footed by a lightning counterattack that concluded when ADAM CHAPIE, the sophomore left wing from Oxford, Michigan, who netted six goals in 35 games for UMass-Lowell as a collegiate rookie last season, netted his fifth goal already this term after taking a pass from center STEVE BUCO. It was, indeed, the fastest goal that had ever been scored to begin a game at the Nittany Lions’ brand new ice hockey facility.

Penn State pulled itself together quickly and adjourned to the locker room for the first intermission still only trailing 1-0 but UMass-Lowell soon stamped its authority on the contest not so long after the second period started. Although Penn State goaltender MATTHEW SKOFF had been able to make initial saves, both Canadian legionnaire SCOTT WILSON, the River Hawks’ joint top scorer last season (41 ga, 16 go, 38 pts), as well as DEREK ARNOLD were able to find the back of the net with rebound shots exactly two minutes apart in the first half of the middle frame. For a traditionally low-scoring team such as the Nittany Lions, this particularly scoreline would prove to be insurmountable.

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With head coach NORM BAZIN’s boys comfortably enjoying a 3-0 advantage in its second road game in three days, it should come as no great surprise that the traveling River Hawks tried to protect what had already been gained. Thus, the never-say-die Nittany Lions were able to generate a good amount of pressure and totaled 28 shots-on-goal in the last two periods, alone. However, visiting goaltender CONNOR HELLEBUYCK was in fine form for the defending Hockey East champions and, so, Penn State were destined to be shutout for the first time all season.

The Nittany Lions, to review, were blanked a total of four times in 27 NCAA varsity games last term. All four of these Penn State losses (to Division III Buffalo State, Robert Morris, Union College and Wisconsin) had been away from home, though. Therefore, the 37-save performance in State College from the UMass-Lowell netminder Hellebuyck went into the record books at the very first shutout in the short history of the Pegula Ice Arena.

Arnold, the homegrown senior right wing from Norwood who was the River Hawks’ third leading scorer (41 ga, 13 go, 30 pts) last season, knocked home another rebound to score his second goal of the evening very late to set the final numbers. Wilson, the NHL prospect whose rights are held by the Pittsburgh Penguins, finished with a goal and an assist for the visitors. Buco, the junior from Providence, Rhode Island, and JOE GAMBARDELLA, the freshman center from Staten Island, New York, both registered two assists in the game for UMass-Lowell, who improved their mark this term to seven wins against four losses.

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UMass – Lowell goaltender CONNOR HELLEBUYCK (37), the sophomore from Commerce, Michigan, who was honored as the Hockey East Goaltender of the Year as well as the Hockey East Tournament Most Valuable Player as a collegiate rookie last season, seeks to smother the puck as an ambitious Penn State captain TOMMY OLCZYK (14) applies pressure at the Pegula Ice Arena in State College.
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November 14, 2013
Pegula Ice Arena – State College, Pennsylvania
Attendance – 5,998

UMASS / LOWELL 4 – PENN STATE 0

01:51 … UML – Chapie (Buco, Wilson)
25:56 … UML – Wilson (Suter, Buco)
27:56 … UML – Arnold (Gambardella, Suter)
58:02 … UML – Arnold (Gambardella)

shots-on-goal : PSU 37 (9 + 15 + 13) – UML 28 (10 + 12 + 6)

penalty minutes : PSU 12 – UML 10

PENN STATE : Skoff – Juha, Yanis ; Koudys, Thompson ; Jensen, Sweetland – Goodwin, Glen, Bailey ; Scheid, Holstrom, McDonagh ; Gardiner, Richard, Brooks ; Olczyk, DeRosa, Saar

UMASS – LOWELL : Hellbuyck – Folin, Houk ; Kamrass, Suter ; Zink, Kapia – Wilson, Buco, Chapie ; Maniccia, Pendenza, Holmstrom ; Thompson, Gambardella, Arnold ; White, Campbell, Wallin

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