Penn State’s hockey teams went 2-1-1 over the weekend, with the men taking on Alabama Huntsville and the women matching up against Lindenwood in their games Friday and Saturday. The men scored four goals in each of their wins against the Chargers, shutting them out 4-0 on Friday and beating them in a close game 4-3. The women scored one in their 3-1 loss Friday afternoon, but stormed back to tie the Lakers 3-3 in a draw.
David Glen scored a hat trick and Max Gardiner added a power play goal in Penn State’s Friday night victory over Alabama Huntsville. No goals were scored in the first period, but with just under two minutes in the second, Glen scored his first of the night. Gardiner would add a power play tally at the end of the second to widen the Nittany Lion’s margin to 2-0. Glen would then score the last two goals of the game to complete the hat trick, the first in program history. Matthew Skoff was in net for Penn State, saving all 23 shots for his second shutout of the season, while the team blocked 20 shots overall. Kenny Brooks had two assists on the night as well and the team went a combined +15 for the night.
Saturday night’s game started with an even strength Casey Bailey goal about midway through the first frame. David Glen would then notch on his fourth goal in two games, a power play tally in the second, to give the Nittany Lions a 2-0 lead. However, Alabama Huntsville would storm back with two goals to tie the game in the early goings of the third period. Kenny Brooks scored his second of the season to give Penn State the lead back, but Alabama Huntsville was able to overcome again and tie the game up at three off forward Brice Geoffrion’s stick. Just minutes later; however, Mark Yanis was able to put a puck in the back of the net – his fourth of the year – to seal the deal and the win for the Nittany Lions, 4-3. Skoff was back in net and saved 24 of the Charger’s 27 shots. The two weekend wins put the Nittany Lions record at 12-13-0 for the season, just one game under .500.
The women took on Lindenwood Friday and Saturday afternoon in a rematch from when the two teams played late last year in November. Game one on Friday saw the Nittany Lions get out to an early lead off an Emily Laurenzi goal, her third this year. Penn State was able to keep the Lakers scoreless until just past the halfway point in the game. Lindenwood would score three unanswered goals on Penn State goalie Nicole Paniccia, who saved 42 of 45 Laker shots in total for the game, and would take the first game with a final score of 3-1. The Nittany Lions had 36 combined shots in the game and seem to be getting better with putting pucks on net.
In Saturday’s game, Penn State would get off to another great start with Shannon Yoxheimer’s 13th goal of the season just 9:08 into the first period. Lindenwood would get it back quickly; however, to tie the score at one. Goals would continue to flip flop from there, with Penn State scoring first but Lindenwood wouldn’t be far behind in tying the score. Birdie Shaw and Jill Holdcroft would score Penn State’s two other goals, but Lindenwood had an answer to each one, even netting the tying goal with under a minute left, and the game ended in a 3-3 draw. Paniccia was back in net for the Nittany Lions and had another outstanding game, saving 44 Laker shots out of 47. The team also did well overall with shots; totaling 28 combined making it to the net with just 8 blocked. The loss and the draw put Penn State’s record at 7-20-2 with four more regular season games to go.
The men will play their last two home games ever at the Greenberg Ice Pavilion next Friday and Saturday against Oklahoma in an exhibition series. Oklahoma is 19-10-5 this season and ranks no. 6 in the 2012-2013 ACHA Men’s Division 1 Rankings. Friday’s game is scheduled at a 7:30 p.m. start and Saturday’s puck drop is at 3:30 p.m. As for the women, they will play another rematch series, this time against RIT, this weekend. Last time these two teams met, the Nittany Lions lost 4-1 in the first game but then came back to tie the Tigers at 2-2. Those two games on Friday and Saturday will be played away in Rochester, N.Y with both games getting a 7:00 p.m. start. Check me out on Twitter as we enter the final games of the Penn State hockey season for your latest news and updates!