Penn State secured its first Big Ten road win of the season Friday night in Ann Arbor, beating the No. 10 Michigan Wolverines in overtime by a score of 5-4. Michigan had a 4-3 lead heading into the last two minutes of the game, but Casey Bailey’s second of the game tied the contest at 4-4 with four seconds remaining and David Goodwin potted his second in the game in the overtime period for the 5-4 Nittany Lion win.
Matt Skoff took the start in between the pipes for Penn State, saving 32 of 36 Wolverine shots including more than a few sprawling saves to keep the Nittany Lions in the game at the end of the third. On the other side of the ice, Zach Nagelvoort saved 39 of Penn State’s 44 shots with 27 Nittany Lion shots blocked by the Wolverines.
Freshman Dylan Richard added a goal and an assist in Friday night’s game, tying the game 3-3 in the third period on his shorthanded tally.
Michigan jumped out to a 2-0 lead just 6:41 into the first period, off goals by Cristoval Nieves from the slot and Phil Di Giuseppe on the power play one minute and one second apart past Skoff. Forty-five seconds later, Goodwin put home his sixth goal of the year after a puck was left in front of Nagelvoort and the forward wristed it up over the Michigan goaltender to cut the Wolverine lead to one.
However, Michigan’s Tyler Motte beat Skoff blocker-side on a nice cross-ice backhanded pass from teammate Andrew Copp to give Michigan back the two goal lead heading into the first intermission, 3-1.
After over 19 minutes of a scoreless second period, Bailey scored his first goal of the game on a hard one-timer from the top of the left circle on a Di Giuseppe slashing penalty. The power play tally brought the Nittany Lions back within one with 35 seconds left in the middle frame.
Penn State tied the game in the third period on Richard’s shorthanded bid that beat Nagelvoort at 3:17 of the frame. On a David Thompson tripping call, Richard got a breakaway through the Wolverine defense and backhanded the puck through the Michigan goaltender and in for the 3-3 tie.
Michigan responded with a little over two minutes to play in the game and went up 4-3 on Alex Guptill’s ninth tally of the year with 2:01 remaining minutes after Skoff made a few big stops in front on Michigan odd-man rushes.
With Skoff pulled, Penn State had a multitude of chances in the offensive zone and Bailey connected for his second with only four seconds left in the game to send the game to overtime. Traffic in front of Nagelvoort screened the Michigan goaltender as Bailey shot a high wrister from the top left circle that made its way through the bodies and into the back of the next for the 4-4 tie.
In the overtime period, Goodwin completed the comeback upset with less than a minute to go in the five minute extra frame. Off a Michigan turnover at the Penn State blue line, Goodwin picked up the puck and went off to the races with teammate Zach Saar on a 2-on-1. Goodwin kept the puck to himself and streaking down the near side of the ice, fired a quick shot past Nagelvoort’s blocker and in for the 5-4 victory.
Penn State picked up three points in the Big Ten standings with the overtime win. The teams will play Saturday evening at 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcasted on Fox Sports Detroit Plus.