Despite jumping out to an early 2-0 lead, Penn State could not contain the offense of the Vermont Catamounts as they scored 5 straight on the Nittany Lions to drop the team to an early 1-3-1 hole through the teams first 5 games of the season in the second annual Philadelphia College Hockey Faceoff in the Wells Fargo Center Saturday afternoon.
Taylor Holstrom gave Penn State the 1-0 edge early – his first of the season – off of a Mike Williamson shot that rebounded off of Vermont goaltender Mike Santaguida. Two minutes later, while shorthanded, the captain Tommy Olczyk netted his first of the season as well as he beat Santaguida while the Catamounts were on the man advantage on a Holstrom boarding call to give Penn State a 2-0 advantage 13 minutes into the first period. However, it was all Vermont after the two quick strikes from Penn State. The Catamounts got one back with an even strength goal with 4:33 left to go in the first, two even strength goals in the second period, and a shorthanded goal and a power play tally in the third to outscore the Nittany Lions 5-0 over the course of the rest of the game.
Eamon McAdam got his second start in between the pipes for Penn State, stopping 24 of 29 Vermont shots. Penn State outshot Vermont 33 to 29, yet the team was inconsistent in doing so, with 9 in the first, only 1 in the second, and 23 in the third. Penalties continued to hurt the team, taking 9 total penalties for 32 minutes – 6 minor, 2 major, and one 10 minute game misconduct – including David Glen’s 5 minute major for contact to the head and game misconduct, his second in as many games.
Next Friday, Penn State travels to Robert Morris to play the Colonials, who are 0-4-1 to start their season after two losses to Ohio State this past weekend, 5-3 and 4-3. Puck drops for Penn State’s only game next weekend at 7:05 p.m. in Pittsburgh.