Despite losing both their games to eighth ranked Union this past weekend, the Penn State men’s hockey team has to feel good by the play of two up-and-coming freshmen. Both forward David Glen and goalie Matthew Skoff had great weekends for the blue and white; Glen leading the Nittany Lions with a team high seven goals for the season and Matthew Skoff with two career games in a row in net.
The team’s first lost came on Saturday night where Penn State was shut out 2-0 in Schenectady, New York. For almost 30 minutes, the men held off Union’s attack without a goal but forward Wayne Simpson was able to turn the score in favor of the Dutchmen nine minutes into the second period. From there, Union held on and eventually tacked on an empty net goal within the final minute of play to cement their win. Even though the Nittany Lions were outshot 22-42, David Glen lead the team with 4 shots on goal for the night. Game one against Union was also a career game one for Matthew Skoff, as he saved a career high 40 shots on goal in the loss.
Game two for Penn State was another in the loss column, this time by a score of 4-1. Union got a lot of good chances and capitalized early in the first to put the pressure on the Nittany Lions. However, with only fifty seconds gone by in the second period, David Glen netted his team leading seventh goal of the year to tie the score at one apiece. While this game was closer in shots – still leaning in Union’s favor at 38-46 – and intensity wise, Union eventually pulled ahead in the third period off a power play goal from sophomore defenseman and this year’s Philadelphia Flyers draftee, Shayne Gostisbehere. Union tacked on two more goals in the third, one even strength goal and one empty netter to put the game away. Despite the loss, Matthew Skoff had another career game with the Nittany Lions, this time saving 42 shots in between the pipes. With the two losses this past weekend, Penn State’s record drops to 6-5-0 for the season.
The coming weekend will see both teams in action, as the women will return from their bye week to play two games against Mercyhurst – who are 12-1-1 this year. Both games against Mercyhurst are away and will be played Friday night and Saturday afternoon in Erie, Pennsylvania. The women’s last game was a win against Lindenwood two weeks ago and coming off a bye week, they should have great energy against a powerful Mercyhurst team. The men will return to the Greenberg Ice Pavilion this weekend to play an undefeated ACHA team in Arizona State on Friday and Saturday night. Coming off the tough losses to a great Union team, expect the men to take this week to regroup and come out with a great team effort this upcoming weekend.
Check out the highlights of this weekend here, courtesy of GoUnionHockey on YouTube and thanks to Thank You Terry on Twitter for finding the highlight reel. Give them a follow on Twitter, along with myself, for more Penn State hockey action! See you all next week for a rundown of the games as both teams get back to the ice!