The men’s hockey team took on Robert Morris this past Saturday in their final home game of 2012 and despite a spirited comeback attempt, they fell to the Colonials 3-2 through three periods of play.
Robert Morris took the lead 1-0 midway through the first period off a nice play behind the net that they carried into the first intermission. The lead didn’t last long; however, as captain Tommy Olczyk got his second goal of the year just a minute and a half into the second frame to tie the game. The Nittany Lions weren’t done yet as less than two minutes later, Curtis Loik was able to knock in a rebound to give Penn State the lead 2-1 right out of the gate in the second. Robert Morris fought back to tie the game at 2 apiece less than seven minutes before the end of the second and then regained the lead 3-2 in the third to close out the game.
Penn State ended up outshooting Robert Morris 40-29 and they had the chances in front of the net, but couldn’t capitalize when they needed to. This was the second men’s game I was in attendance for this season (combined, the men’s and women’s teams are 2-1 when I’m attending) and overall, they played a pretty solid game. There was definite intensity from both teams and, especially at the end, a lot of pushing and shoving after each whistle. The line of David Glen, Curtis Loik, and Jacob Friedman really stood out this game and every time they were on the ice together, they always seemed to generate some good chances, including the second period goal where Penn State took their first and only lead of the game.
The Nittany Lions were 0-5 on the power play Saturday night, continuing their struggles on the man advantage; however, their penalty kill was able to hold the Colonials to 0-3 on the power play as well. Matthew Skoff earned his sixth loss in goal this season despite having a pretty good game in net, stopping 26 of 29 shots. Penn State’s record drops to 7-8-0 for the season and they’ll have a rematch against Robert Morris in two weeks as a part of the Three Rivers Classic held in Pittsburgh’s CONSOL Energy Center, the home of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
I was planning on doing an end of the year reaction along with this recap but I do not have the time unfortunately, as finals week is just around the corner for me. I will do a reaction to the first half of the 2012-13 season along with the Three Rivers Classic recap after Christmas while I’m on winter break. Also, make sure to follow me on Twitter for all of your hockey needs, among other things. So, on behalf of the entire Victory Bell Rings staff, I wish all of you a happy holiday season and I’ll be back in a few weeks to recap some more hockey!