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Penn State Hockey: Nittany Lions Fall 3-0 To Michigan State, Rematch Saturday Night

by on January 18, 2014 11:40 AM

Penn State out shot Michigan State by a 48-29 margin but couldn't find the back of the net as the Nittany Lions fell 3-0 on Friday night at the Munn Ice Arena.

For the first time in program history, the Nittany Lions stayed out of the penalty box but went 0-for-3 on their own man advantages. Spartan goaltender Jake Hildebrand turned aside all 48 shots he faced and was fantastic all night, robbing Penn State of several scoring chances.

Michigan State would score twice in the opening frame, with 5:22 left in the first, Dean Chelios, who assisted on Michigan State’s final two goals, gave the Spartans the 1-0 lead. Penn State goaltender Matthew Skoff made the initial save but Chelios pounced on the rebound, slotting it home.

The Spartans connected just 2:58 later. Reimer found Wolfe in front of the cage, where he moved the puck to his backhand before scoring.

Penn State dominated the majority of the play in the second period but both teams went scoreless in the middle frame. The Nittany Lions came close on several occasions but Hildebrand stood tall in net.

Michigan State added another tally with just under five minutes to play to make it a 3-0 game. The Nittany Lions would continue to pressure but couldn't find the back of the net as the clock ticked down. Penn State will get a second crack at the Spartans on Saturday at 6:30. The game will be carried live on the NBC Sports Network.

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