The Penn State hockey team faced off against Vermont in Philadelphia on Saturday night as a part of the Philadelphia College Hockey Faceoff. With over 19,000 fans packing into the Wells Fargo Center, the Nittany Lions were able to snap a three game losing streak with their 4-2 win over the Catamounts.
Taylor Holstrom started the scoring off just after the three minute mark in the first period. Penn State would then take a 3-0 lead thanks to David Glen and Justin Kirchhevel goals midway through the second before Vermont’s Robert Polesello would get them on the board with a power play tally. Both teams would only score once more – the Nittany Lions off a Casey Bailey shot and the Catamounts from a goal with less than 15 seconds left in the game. Also of note, both David Glen and Casey Bailey scored their 11th goal of the season in the game and are still tied for the team leader in goals.
Despite being outshot 36-32, Penn State was able to net their chances and score goals early – something they have been struggling with recently. Matthew Skoff got the win in net for the Nittany Lions as well, putting up an outstanding performance saving 34 shots. However, the team went 0-4 on the power play and while that didn’t hurt them in this game, they need to improve as they are 8-85 on the man advantage this season. With the win Saturday night, Penn State improves their record to 9-12-0 for the season and are slowly inching their way back to .500.
Both the men and the women’s teams will be back in action this weekend. The men will play at Michigan State Friday and Saturday night to start off their last 10 games of the season. The Spartans should be a tough test for the team, despite having a 6-15-3 record. As for the women, they’ll head up to Syracuse after their weekend off for a rematch of October’s games where the Orange shutout the Nittany Lions 4-0 and 6-0 at home and those games will be Friday night and Saturday afternoon as well. Make sure to check me out on Twitter for the latest in Penn State hockey scores and updates! Our Editor, Matt de Bear, will be in attendance for Saturday’s game vs. the Spartans in East Lansing, and will be providing updates from Munn Ice Arena as well.