UMass / Lowell 3 – Penn State 2


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Penn State Canadian legionnaire DYLAN RICHARD (12), the freshman center from Sherwood Park, Alberta, who has appeared in eight of his team’s first nine games this season while scoring one goal so far, is chased by UMass – Lowell right wing ADAM CHAPIE (13), the sophomore from Oxford, Michigan, who found the back of the net in both of the Red Hawks’ weekend matches with the hosting Nittany Lions, during the NCAA non-conference meeting at the sold-out Pegula Ice Arena in State College, Pennsylvania.
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Skating like a team determined to complete the sweep and prove themselves to be better than their actual record this season shows, the visitors struck for three goals in the first period and then focused on disciplined defense the rest of the way as # 16 / # 13 UNIVERSITY OF MASSACUSETTS – LOWELL held off late charging PENN STATE 3-2 in an NCAA non-conference meeting.

The victory capped off a very successful week for the traveling River Hawks, the NCAA Frozen Four participant last season who began their week with a triumph on the road at Ivy League adversary Princeton University in New Jersey before crossing the Pennsylvania border to contest a pair of matches at the Pegula Ice Arena in State College.

After falling behind less than four and a half into the contest, the Nittany Lions did manage to haul themselves level a little more than halfway through the first period — but not without a bit of luck. A most fortunate shot from just above the faceoff circle by Canadian legionnaire LUKE JUHA, the sophomore from Mississauga, Ontario, who leads all Penn State defensemen in scoring this season (9 ga, 3 go, 6 pts) was deflected wide of the net by a UMass-Lowell defender but the puck conspired to ricochet off the back of the boards as well as a pair of players on the other side of the River Hawks’ cage. The tally was officially credited to Nittany Lions left wing ERIC SCHEID and finally snapped a nasty goalless drought that had lasted 124 minutes and 37 seconds, as well.

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Penn State left wing ERIC SCHEID (19), the redshirt sophomore from Blaine, Minnesota, who registered six goals in 30 NCAA games as a freshman for the University of Alaska – Alaska before transferring out, lifts his left Wayne Gretzky-style to celebrate his team-leading fourth goal of this 2013/14 NCAA campaign against visiting UMass-Lowell at the sold-out Pegula Ice Arena.
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UMass-Lowell stamped its authority on this particular contest by scoring a pair of goals in the second half of the first period. STEPHEN BUCO, the junior center from Providence, Rhode Island, who missed much of last season thru injury, restored the River Hawks’ advantage relatively quickly with a smart play to bank the puck off the back of Penn State’s freshman goaltender EAMON MCADAM while stationed behind the Nittany Lions’ net. River Hawks right wing ADAM CHAPIE later doubled the margin for UMass-Lowell after controlling a rebound and catching the inexperienced McAdam out of position rather easily roughly two minutes before the first intermission arrived.

At this point, it rightly seemed as if UMass-Lowell (8-4-0) might just really run struggling Penn State (3-5-1) right out of its very own rink. But the entire Nittany Lions team (including the rookie netminder McAdam) did a magnificent job to compose itself after falling behind in the first period. Over the final forty minutes, head coach GUY GADOWSKY’s troops were able to display the kind of organized, disciplined and competitive ice hockey that the intelligent Penn State fan base correctly knows its team to be capable of.

Fortified by 31 saves from McAdam, the homegrown native of Perkasie who was picked in third round (# 70 overall) of the 2013 National Hockey League Draft by the New York Islanders, in the last two periods, the Nittany Lions were eventually able to launch a legitimate comeback bid in the final frame. Penn State left wing DAVID GOODWIN intercepted a very careless UMass-Lowell pass in the offensive zone with just under eight minutes remaining and made no mistake in beating River Hawks goaltender DOUGLAS CARR from prime scoring territory in the slot. The late-charging Nittany Lions had several good chances in the closing stages and were able to exchange their shot-stopper McAdam for an extra attacker in the end but to no avail — full marks to the experienced UMass-Lowell side for effectively holding off Penn State while securing the positive result.

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Penn State left wing DAVID GOODWIN (9), the surprising freshman from Des Peres, Missouri, who is tied for the Nittany Lions’ team lead in scoring this season (8 ga, 3 go, 6 pts), is trailed by UMass-Lowell left wing JOSEPH PENDENZA (14), the homegrown senior from Wilmington who tied with teammate Scott Wilson for the River Hawks’ scoring leadership last season with 38 points (41 games), during the NCAA non-conference affair at the sold-out Pegula Ice Arena in State College, Pennsylvania.
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November 15, 2013
Pegula Ice Arena – State College, Pennsylvania
Attendance : 6,158

UMASS / LOWELL 3 – PENN STATE 2

04:26 … UML – Gambardella (Arnold, Thompson)
10:25 … PSU – Scheid (Juha, Yanis) – ppg
11:18 … UML – Buco (Chapie, Wilson)
17:50 … UML – Chapie (Holmstrom, Folin)
52:17 … PSU – Goodwin (unassisted)

shots-on-goal : UML 44 (13 + 17 + 14) – PSU 37 (12 + 16 + 9)

penalty minutes : PSU 10 – UML 4

PENN STATE : McAdam – Juha, Yanis ; Koudys, Thompson ; Jensen, Williamson – Scheid, Holstom, Bailey ; Loik, Glen, Brooks ; Goodwin, Richard, Friedman ; Olczyk, DeRosa, McDonagh

UMASS-LOWELL : Carr – Folin, Houk ; Suter, Kamrass ; Zink, Kapla – Wilson, Buco, Chapie ; Pendenza, Fallon, Holmstrom ; White, Gordon, Wallin ; Thompson, Gambardella, Arnold

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