After losing 5-2 to Air Force Friday night, Penn State lost 3-1 Saturday night as the Falcons completed their sweep of the Nittany Lions in the team’s first away series this season. Freshman Ricky DeRosa scored his first goal of the season in his first collegiate hockey game but it was not enough to come away with a split series in Colorado Springs.
It was a goaltenders battle for the first two periods of the game, as Penn State goalie Matt Skoff and Air Force goalie Jason Torf stopped every shot that came their way in the first two periods – Skoff with 25 and Torf with 27. However, with 6:44 gone in the third period, the Falcons would break the tie on a shorthanded goal off of Air Force’s George Michalke on a Penn State power play. Four minutes later, Air Force would increase their lead to 2 with an even strength one timer goal that was blasted past Skoff. Michalke would score again for the Falcons with 3:19 left in the game to give the team a comfortable 3-0 lead. Yet, 33 seconds later after Skoff was off the ice for an extra man for the Nittany Lions, Ricky DeRosa got a lucky deflection in front of the Air Force net that wound up in the back of the cage to put the team on the board late in the game.
Forward Kenny Brooks led the team in shots with 5, though he was a -1 for the night – the team overall went -9 through 60 minutes of play. Matt Skoff was back in net for the Nittany Lions Saturday after Eamon McAdam got the first start in Colorado Springs Friday night. Skoff ended the night with 32 saves on 35 Air Force shots, and by contrast, Air Force goalie Jason Torf had 33 saves on 34 Penn State shots. One positive from Saturday night’s game is that Penn State only committed two minor penalties through three periods, down from seven in Friday night’s matchup.
The 3-1 loss drops the team’s record to 1-2-0 for the season. The team will look to rebound as they return home to Pegula Ice Arena Friday night against RIT at 7 p.m. The RIT Tigers are 0-3-1 this season and are coming off an emotional comeback tie against Clarkson University last Saturday. Then, Penn State will head to Philadelphia on Saturday the 25th for their second annual Philadelphia College Hockey Faceoff against Vermont in the Wells Fargo Center at 5 p.m. That game will be broadcast on The Comcast Network in the Philadelphia area only it seems.