Penn State hockey surged past Michigan Tech 8-0 for its second-ever win in the NCAA Mens Hockey Tournament History.
Penn State (22-15-1) came out of the locker room with the motor running early in the first period.
Coach Guy Gadowsky’s team did an excellent job at creating scoring chances and defensive pressure in the Michigan Tech’s (24-10-4) offensive zone. Penn State took advantage of Michigan Tech’s discomfort and scored early. Tyler Paquette put the team on the board with a excellent wrap-around goal that would make Wayne Gretzky proud 2:12 into the first period.
Throughout the remainder of the period, Penn State overpowered Michigan Tech, effortlessly crashing to the net and creating all sorts of havoc for the huskies and their goaltender Blake Pietila.
While Penn State left the ice only leading by one goal in the first period, the momentum was surging in their favor and they lead, 1-0.
Penn State continued to dominate at the start of the second period, bullying Michigan Tech into submission. Penn State also had incredible neutral zoon play, easily passing the puck up and down the ice, which led to multiple scoring opportunities and a beautiful glove-side shot from Jared Crespo that ripped past Michigan Tech’s goaltender and put Penn State up 2-0 4:34 into the second period.
But Penn State didn’t stop there. After ruthlessly stretching out Michigan Tech’s defense, Penn State performed two beautiful 200-foot plays to create some fantastic scoring opportunities for both Aston Calder and Christan Berger, which allowed it to bury shots past the goaltender and put Penn State up 4-0 at the 14:46 and 18:45 mark of the second period.
After the second period, it was safe to say Penn State was better. It entered intermission with a commanding 4-0 lead.
Penn State would quickly continue to extend its lead over Michigan Tech after both Kevin Wall, Chase McLane, Xander Lamppa, and Ryan Gratton all were able to slip one pass the helpless Michigan Tech goaltender with picture-perfect shots to put the Nittany Lions up 8 goals to nothing at the conclusion mark of the third period. After running up the score sheet on The Huskies, the Penn State Nittany Lions would eventually run out the clock and officially advance to the Allentown regional finale of the NCAA Tournament.
Liam Souliere ( 19-14-1) would stand tall the entire game in his goal crease with a night of fantastic saves and highlight-reel-worthy moves. Souliere would stop all 24 shots on goal to complete the largest shutout in NCAA Mens Hockey History.