Penn State Hockey: Colonials Dominate Nittany Lions, 6-0 in Three Rivers Classic Opener
Robert Morris coach Derek Schooley said that his team could have played much better following the Colonials’ 3-2 victory over Penn State two weeks ago.
With a 6-0 victory over Penn State on Friday night at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, it looks like Schooley was correct, as Robert Morris dominated the play early in the game and opened a 4-0 lead in the first period.
Normally sound goaltender PJ Musico struggled to control rebounds and find a rhythm in net in the early going. Robert Morris’ Andrew Blazek scored the first goal of the contest only 1:49 into the game.
The Nittany Lions began to find their skates underneath them, but three quick goals in the final four minutes of the first period quickly ended any hopes of a comeback.
Penn State played a much stronger second period but was unable to connect on multiple scoring opportunities. Matthew Skoff replaced Musico in net for the remainder of the game, and forward David Glen was given a game misconduct in the waning seconds of the second period following a hard hit, deemed by the officials to be directed at a Robert Morris player’s head.
Down four goals in the third period, the Nittany Lions continued to try and break through for their first tally, but Robert Morris goaltender Eric Levine was outstanding in net, making 48 saves.
The Colonials added two late tallies to wrap up the evening. Cody Wydo led Robert Morris with two goals and was plus-4 for the game.
Penn State will play the loser of Friday night’s Miami (Ohio) and Ohio State game on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.