No. 12 Penn State Mens Hockey (4-0-0) beat American International (0-4-0) Friday Night in a 3-2 showdown at The Pegula Ice Arena in front of a rocking crowd of 6,170.
Guy Gadowsky’s team got off to a quiet yet in-control first period. The Nittany Lions outshot the Yellow Jackets 12-5 while winning the faceoff battle 12-5. Despite the disparity the surging offense failed to score, resulting in the first period ending scoreless.
Ryan Kirwan got the motor going for Penn State’s Offense with a front-of-the-net top-shelf goal to give them their first lead of the night, 1-0, at the 2:50 mark in the second period.
Penn State would once again win the shots battle again in the second period, this time outshooting American International 20-6. DespitebBeing on the power play twice this period, the Nittany Lions would enter the dressing room down 2-1 at the end of the second period.
The Nittany Lions would finally score on the power play with Aiden Fink’s wrister from close range tying the game at two goals apiece at the 3:19 mark of the third period.
Scoring opportunities kept knocking on the Nittany Lions’ Door, and Tanner Palocsik answered with a laser beam from the center of the attacking zone to put Penn State back in the lead for good with 4:03 left in the third period.
Liam Souliere would end the night with a save percentage of .833, only allowing two goals in the second period, one being shorthanded. Souliere would also end the night with ten total saves. Souliere improved his record to 4-0-0 on the season.
The Penn State Nittany Lions continue their six-pack homestand on Saturday, October 21st, as they finish their two-game series with American International at The Pegula Ice Arena at 5 pm.