Five different Nittany Lions scored in Penn State’s first road win of the season against Robert Morris as they topped the Colonials 5-4. Colonial forward Cody Wydo scored all four goals in the game for the team and Matt Skoff started in goal for Penn State, saving 48 of 52 Robert Morris shots, a career high for him, as the team improves to 2-3-1 this season.
Robert Morris scored the first tally of the game on a power play goal from Wydo 5:19 into the period. That would be the only lead the Colonials would have, as Penn State stormed back to score three quick goals in the first 10 minutes of the second period.
The Nittany Lions tied the game 2:01 into the second frame when Eric Scheid roofed one over Robert Morris goaltender Terry Shafer. Defenseman Luke Juha got in on the action on Penn State’s own power play where he blasted a shot from the point through traffic to beat Shafer on the extra man advantage just 6:43 later. And a little over a minute later, captain Tommy Olczyk scored his second tally of the year on a shot that beat Shafer right in front.
The Colonials fought back to tie the game at three in the third frame. However, Casey Bailey finally got on the scoreboard for the Nittany Lions this year with a power play goal, picking up a rebound on his initial shot that instigated the scoring opportunity. Mike Williamson also got his first of the year on the power play as well with less than two minutes left in the game on another high shot that beat Shafer.
Robert Morris made the game just a bit tighter with an extra-skater goal on Skoff with 12 seconds left, but the Nittany Lions were able to hang on to clinch their second win of the season.
Penn State went 3 for 7 on the power play, a definite improvement from the last few games. Also, they held Robert Morris to only one extra man advantage goal on their 6 attempts in the game. Despite dominating a good portion of the game, Penn State was outshot by the Colonials 52-41 with Casey Bailey leading the team with 10 shots in the game.
Next weekend, Penn State comes back home to face Sacred Heart on Friday night with a 7 p.m. puck drop. The Pioneers are 2-4 to start the season and play at Connecticut Saturday night. Last year, Penn State rolled over Sacred Heart 6-3 in Connecticut back in October. The Nittany Lions will look to build upon their win Friday night into their possible first multi-game win streak of the season.