Notre Dame goaltender Ryan Bischel stopped a career-high 52 saves as Notre Dame knocked off Penn State 2-1 on Friday night in front of 6,558 at the Pegula Ice Arena.
Penn State had control of the action throughout the first period spending most of the period in its offensive zone. Penn State continued to get shots on goal, but Bischel made incredible saves. Penn State had a power play opportunity when Jake Boatman got called for slashing but failed to capitalize. Penn State finally got on the board with one minute left in the period when Danny Dzhaniyav scored on a play that was assisted by Jarod Crespo and Ture Linden.
Penn State led 1-0 after the first period despite outshooting Notre Dame 20-5.
In the second period, Notre Dame played much better on both sides of the puck. Notre Dame got its equalizer when Chayse Primeau scored on a goal that was assisted by Justin Janicke and Landon Slaggert. The play started to get chippy, and Penn State got galled for a roughing as Carter Schade was called for the penalty despite being put in a headlock and his helmet being pulled off by a Norte Dame player. Penn State killed the penalty, and he started to gain more control of the game and regain momentum. Notre Dame went on the power play on a Connor McMenamin and had its best opportunity to take the lead, but Paul DeNaples made an incredible play on the puck near the net and saved a goal.
Penn State and Notre Dame were tied at one after the second period. Penn State outshot Notre Dame 35-15 through two periods and won the faceoff battle 25-19.
Notre Dame wound up scoring on another power play when Ryder Rolston scored on a goal that was assisted by Janicke and Chase Blackmun. Ashton Calder got galled for tripping. Penn State had another power play opportunity when Notre Dame got called for too many men on the ice but failed to capitalize. Notre Dame went back on the power play when Crespo got called for interference, but it also failed to capitalize. A few moments later Penn State went back on the power play when Jack Adams got called for tripping and again failed to capitalize. Penn State continued to attack trying to get the equalizer, but it was not meant to be.
The main takeaway from the game was Penn State going 0 for 4 on the power play.
These two teams will face off on Saturday evening in the “Wear White” game which starts at 5 p.m.