March 4, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Hockey puck on ice during the game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State Hockey: Midweek Roundup

With a 4-0 win over Fredonia State on Tuesday night, the Nittany Lions snapped their four game Division I losing streak and evened their record to 7-7-0 with one more game to play before the holiday break.

Four different Nittany Lions scored in what was, overall, a relatively easy win for the team. Defenseman Connor Varley got the scoring started off late in the first to give Penn State the lead 1-0 heading into the first intermission. Casey Bailey then opened the game up with a power play goal – his sixth goal this season – just five seconds before the end of a fairly calm second period.  The third period saw much more action, as forward Jacob Friedman scored his first goal of the year midway through the frame and Curtis Loik added an empty netter to seal the deal and the win.

Although he wasn’t tested much, goalie Matthew Skoff earned the first shutout of his career with the win Tuesday night, saving a perfect 18 of 18. David Glen continued to make his presence known on the ice as well with his two assists and was overall +3 for the night. And despite the teams’ struggles on the power play, the Nittany Lions went one for two on the man advantage, hopefully sparking some life into a power play that has gone just 5 for 55 this season.

After the rare midweek matchup, the men will come back home to play Robert Morris this Saturday at the Greenberg Ice Pavilion, with the puck dropping at 7:30PM. This is the men’s last game before their holiday break and before they head to Pittsburgh to participate in the Three Rivers Classic in two weeks. My next recap will feature the usual but also a review of the first half of the season and things to look out for coming up in January/February. And of course, check me out on Twitter for the latest in Penn State hockey news and other random remarks about my life.

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