Penn State Hockey: Nittany Lions Fall 3-2 To Michigan State
After falling 3-0 the day before, Penn State gave a national television audience an entertaining game on Saturday night in a rematch against Michigan State. The Nittany Lions would fall 3-2 but not before giving the Spartans everything they could handle for a full 60 minutes.
Michigan State opened the game strong, scoring on the first shot of the game, 1:33 into the contest. Penn State battled back though and Taylor Holstrom put the Nittany Lions on the board in the final minute of the period to tie the score 1-1. The goal was Holstrom's third of the season coming off a deflection in front of the Michigan State net.
While Friday night's contest featured Penn State's offense firing off over 40 shots, the tables were turned on Saturday. The Spartans out shot Penn State by a 32-31 margin. Nittany Lion freshman netminder Eamon McAdam turned aside 29 shots on the night in his first action of the series.
The Spartans retook the lead at 7:06 of the second period to make it a 2-1 game.
Just 1:18 into the third period though, Nittany Lion Eric Scheid scored the Nittany Lions’ first power-play goal since Dec. 27. The wrist shot knotted the score a 2-2 and gave Penn State a real chance to steal a program first Big Ten conference victory.
But that victory will have to wait. Michigan State took a 3-2 lead with 16:19 left in regulation and the Nittany Lions could not even the score, pulling McAdam in the game's final minutes. Penn State played nearly the final five minutes of the game shorthanded following a major penalty but continued to put pressure on the Michigan State defense.
Penn State will return to action Saturday, Jan. 25 when it hosts No. 4/3 Boston College for a one-game series. Opening faceoff is set at 7 p.m.