May 20, 2011; San Jose, CA, USA; General view of hockey pucks around a goal before game three of the western conference finals of the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs between the San Jose Sharks and the Vancouver Canucks at HP Pavilion. San Jose defeated Vancouver 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

Penn State Hockey: Weekend Roundup #1

It was a big weekend for Penn State’s hockey teams this past weekend. The men’s and women’s teams played a combined three games in two days here in Happy Valley and came away victorious with a 3-0 sweep.

Kicking off the weekend were the women on Friday night versus Sacred Heart. This was the first hockey game I was able to attend this year in person, and it certainly did not disappoint in a 6-0 win. It was a historic night for the program as well. The team recorded its first shutout of their inaugural Division I season thanks to the combined efforts of goalies Nicole Paniccia and Brooke Meyer and also their first hat trick this season coming from forward Hannah Hoenshell. Game two for the women came again against Sacred Heart on Saturday afternoon.  Penn State got off to an early lead late in the first but Sacred Heart tied the game at one a piece 13 seconds into the second period. However, just a mere six minutes later Penn State would retake the lead and Sacred Heart would only score once more to put the final score at a commanding 8-2 win for the Nittany Lions. The two wins against Sacred Heart improved the women’s record to 4-5-1 on the season.

As for the men, they only played one game this weekend against a tough opponent in Buffalo State on Saturday night. Despite totaling 8 penalties for 16 minutes, the Nittany Lions were able to beat out Buffalo State 4-2 thanks in part to forward David Glen’s two goals, one of which tied the game near the end of the first to make the score 1-1. Young captain Tommy Olczyk also netted his first goal and point of the season about midway through the second that extended Penn State’s lead to 3-1. Goalie Matthew Skoff recorded his first win of the season as well, stopping 23 out of 25 shots on the night. Saturday night’s win also extended Penn State’s winning streak to 4 games and puts their season record at 5-2.

Looking ahead to this weekend, both the men’s and women’s teams will stay at home to play a total of four games within a three day span. The men will start the weekend play with two games against Air Force on Friday and Saturday night at 7:30PM. Air Force will come to Happy Valley with a 2-3-3 record off a 7 goal win against a formidable Holy Cross team last weekend. Meanwhile the women will play conference games against Robert Morris on Saturday and Sunday afternoon at 2PM. Last weekend, Robert Morris won a thrilling 3-2 overtime game against Vermont that put their record at 2-2-1 coming into this weekend’s matchup.

Both hockey clubs will have difficult matches against good teams this weekend and if you would like to go out and support the teams, the games are held at the Greenberg Ice Pavilion on campus. Tickets for the men’s team are $10 for adults, $5 for youth 12 and under, and $5 for students (cash only) and all women’s games are free to the general public.

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