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Penn State Hockey: Nittany Lions Fall 3-0 To Buffalo State

by on October 19, 2012 11:47 PM

The Penn State men’s hockey team fell to Buffalo State, 3-0, Friday night at Buffalo State Sports Arena.

The Nittany Lions were looking for their second straight win, hoping to spoil the Bengals' season opener, but solid goaltending by Kevin Carr kept Penn State off the board for three periods despite a 35-26 shot advantage.

The Bengals opened the scoring with 3:28 left in the first period capitalizing on the power play as a Nick Melligan shot deflected off a Nittany Lion defender. 

Two more power-play goals in the second period led to Bengal scores in a three-minute span. With 15:05 left in the frame, Mike Zannella pushed Buffalo State's lead to 2-0, and less than three minutes later, Trevor McKinney extended the Bengals’ advantage to 3-0.

Freshman goaltender Matthew Skoff was back in net for Penn State, making 23 saves and keeping Penn State within reach.

The Nittany Lions couldn't convert on nine power-play chances, giving up 11 power plays to the Bengals.

Penn State will return to action Saturday when it plays RIT at 7:35 p.m. The game will be held at Blue Cross Arena, home of the American Hockey League’s Rochester Americans. A sellout crowd of more than 10,000 is expected.

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