Penn State Hockey: Nittany Lions Fall, 4-1 to Connecticut
Casey Bailey scored the fastest goal in Penn State history, but it wasn't enough to fend off Connecticut, which won 4-1 for the second victory in two nights against the Nittany Lions in Storrs, Conn.
Bailey scored only 13 seconds into the game following a faceoff win by Taylor Holstrom, giving the Nittany Lions a quick 1-0 lead. Following a 4-3 loss the night before, the Nittany Lions were looking for the program's 10th win of the year and seventh when coming off of a loss the game before.
Not to be outdone, the Huskies responded only 69 seconds later to tie the game, as freshman forward Shawn Pauly pounced on a loose puck in front of the net. The goal marked not only Pauly's second goal against the Nittany Lions in the two-game series, but his second career goal as well.
Senior forward Sean Ambrosie extended the Connecticut lead with just about four minutes to play in the period to give the Huskies a 2-1 advantage heading into the intermission.
Penn State looked to open the second period strong, but Connecticut had different plans, scoring just over three minutes into the period to extend the Huskies' lead to 3-1. Nittany Lion goaltender PJ Musico made a sprawling save early [Description per @DCSportsDept] in the period but was unable to stop a shot from Cody Sharib only a few minutes later.
Nittany Lion forward Curtis Loik missed a wide open net later in the second period but tapped it just wide. The teams headed into the locker room with the score, 3-1.
Penn State couldn't capitalize on a power play opportunity early in the third period, going 0-for-5 on the night. The Nittany Lions continued a late surge to try and tie the game. They out-shot the Huskies, 39-24 but were unable to find the back of the net. Penn State coach Guy Gadowsky pulled Musico with 1:42 to go in the game, and the Huskies added an empty-net insurance tally to put the game away.