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Penn State Hockey: Nittany Lions Fall, 3-2 in Overtime to Neumann

by on January 15, 2013 7:37 PM

Rapid Recap: Neumann 3, Penn State 2 in Overtime

How It Happened: Neumann scored 20 seconds in and made it 2-0 with a Penn State own goal early in the second period. 

Turning Point: Penn State's Casey Bailey flipped the puck up and over Ben Curley's glove to erase a 2-0 deficit. It was all Penn State from that point on, though the tie was never broken. Neumann took advantage of a late overtime shot and picked up the victory with less than a minute to go.

Player of The Game: Neumann's Ben Curley made 45 saves on the night, including several of the spectacular variety late in the game as Penn State piled on the shots.

Stat of The Game: Penn State only sent one player to the penalty box in the game.

What it Means: Penn State loses its last game before heading to Philadelphia to take on Vermont at Wells Fargo Arena.

On Deck: Vermont at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center as part of the Philadelphia College Hockey Faceoff. Penn State will follow the NHL regular season opener between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Third Period Update: Penn State 2, Neumann 2

Penn State pelted Neumann's net for the better part of 20 minutes but was unable to cash in the game winner. The shot total after three periods is 42-14 in favor of the Nittany Lions. 

Second Intermission Update: Penn State 2, Neumann 2

An accidental own-goal off of Penn State's Max Gardiner gave Neumann a 2-0 lead only 4:45 into the second period. However from there on out it was all the Nittany Lions. Casey Bailey got Penn State on the board with a rocket one-timer from the right of Neumann goaltender Ben Curley. 

The goal sparked Penn State on the ice, and the Nittany Lions scored again less than five minutes later to tie the game. David Glen deposited a slick backhand shot on the rebound up and over Curley's shoulder into the back of the net.

Penn State out-shot the Knights, 11-9 in the second period and 21-13 through two periods. Nittany Lions goalie PJ Musico has been solid in net, the own goal being out of his control given positioning by his defenders and a bad bounce off of Gardiner's stick.

Following a weekend full of penalties, Penn State has only gone to the box once in two periods for a bench minor following six players on the ice. Neumann has visited the penalty box four times so far.

First Intermission Update: Neumann 1, Penn State 0

Penn State only had two days to rest between a weekend series with the United States Under-18 team and a one-game stand against Neumann University. 

The tired legs showed early on as the Nittany Lions gave up a goal only 20 seconds into the game at the Greenberg Ice Pavilion. Following the Knights' goal, Penn State ratcheted up the intensity, spending the majority of the period in Neumann's end. While the Nittany Lions were unable to even the score, Penn State out-shot the Knights at a 10-4 clip with 10 additional shots being blocked by Knight defenders.

Despite the pressure, not all was well on the Penn State bench as coach Guy Gadowsky was animated and vocal throughout the period. A normally quiet coach, Gadowsky has said that games against lower-level opponents can prove to be a mental benchmark with where the team is at. The early deficit obviously did not play into Gadowsky's plans.

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