In only their second midweek game this season, Penn State faced off against Neumann at home in the Greenberg on Tuesday night. Despite coming back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game in the third period, the Nittany Lions couldn’t hold off the Knights in overtime.
Just 20 seconds into the game, Neumann defenseman Chris Bournazos gave the Knights a 1-0 lead and then a mere five minutes in the second, their lead doubled to 2-0 off a D’Lane Sather shot. Penn State had the edge in shots 21-13 in the first two periods and seemed to control much of the play, but weren’t able to get any quality looks at Neumann’s goaltender Ben Curley. It wasn’t until the third period where Penn State was able to get not one, but two past the Knights’ netminder to tie the game and send it into overtime. Both Casey Bailey and David Glen scored their tenth goals of the season and both are now tied for the team leader in goals. In the overtime period, momentum shifted both ways but finally Knights’ Jon Low scored on the rebound just past the four minute mark to give them the 3-2 win.
PJ Musico was in net for the second straight game for the Nittany Lions and saved 14 of 17 through four periods of play. Overall, Penn State had 46 shots on goal to Neumann’s 17 but despite the high shot count, Penn State was not able to convert when needed. This problem of missed opportunities has been plaguing the Nittany Lions for awhile now and is really something they need to work on to get back on track. This loss drops them to 8-12-0 for the season.
In spite of the loss, Penn State will look to turn their misfortunes around against Vermont this upcoming Saturday in Philadelphia. The two teams will take part in the Philadelphia College Hockey Faceoff at the Wells Fargo Center at 8:00PM, just after the Flyers take on the Penguins in their season opener. And, as always, make sure to check me out on Twitter for all of your Penn State hockey news and more!