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Penn State Hockey: Nittany Lions Complete Sweep With 6-1 Victory Over Michigan State

by on December 05, 2015 6:20 PM

Penn State hockey left little doubt on the scoreboard and no points on the ice as the Nittany Lions completed a sweep of Michigan State with a dominating 6-1 victory Saturday afternoon.

Eric Scheid opened the scoring just 2:50 into the game with a low sweeping shot that beat Michigan State netminder Ed Minney to give Penn State a 1-0 lead. Scheid added another just a minute later to double the margin and in turn send a packed crowd at Pegula Ice Arena into a frenzy as he flipped the puck up and over Minney on the glove side.

Michigan State managed just seven shots in the opening 20 minutes of play as Penn State got solid goaltending from Eamon McAdam and stout and consistent work on the defensive end of the ice. McAdam ended the night with just 16 saves on 17 shots but had several key junctures to keep Penn State well in control of the contest. He improves to 7-1-0 on the year.

Ricky DeRosa finished off the first period with just over two minutes to go into the frame sliding home a beautiful pass from Tommy Olczyk who flipped the puck across ice to DeRosa on the rush who in turn found the back of the net with just feet to spare. The play all started as defenseman Kevin Kerr collected the puck and forwarded it to DeRosa who fed to to Olczyk.

"That was an incredible play." Coach Guy Gadowsky said after the game.

Up 3-0 for the second straight night, Penn State took a commanding margin into the first intermission.

The Spartans came out strong in the second period though and it took just 55 seconds for Zach Osburn to score on the man advantage to cut the Nittany Lion lead to just two goals.

Penn State handled the incoming pressure well and just over six minutes later David Glen wrapped the puck around the back of the net and underneath Jake Hildebrand who returned to the net after replacing Minney following the first period.

With just under five minutes to go in the second frame Kenny Brooks slammed home yet another tally to make it 5-1 and leave little doubt who was the better team through nearly two full games of play. Vince Pedrie slotted home the final goal of the night from the right point on the man advantage to put an exclamation point on the series.

Penn State improves to 10-2-3 on the year and 2-0-0-0 in conference play. The Nittany Lions are ranked No. 19 in the nation. Michigan and Wisconsin are slated to play at 7:30 at Yost Ice Arena later this evening.

The Nittany Lions are back in action next Friday for a one game series against Princeton. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 PM.



Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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