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Penn State Hockey: Nittany Lions Fall to Connecticut, 4-3

by on January 04, 2013 10:18 PM

In their first action since defeating Ohio State in the Three Rivers Classic, the Nittany Lions took on Connecticut on Friday night in a back-and-forth, 4-3 loss in Storrs, Conn.

Connecticut's Patrick Kirtland scored the game winner at the 6:27 mark of the third period, and the Nittany Lions were unable to respond despite a 15-3 shot advantage in the final 20 minutes. Penn State's Matthew Skoff made 17 saves while Connecticut's Matt Gorgan stopped 39 attempts.

Jordan Simms opened the game with a bang only 28 seconds in to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead. Penn State's David Glenn tied the game just over five minutes later on the power play, with Luke Juha tallying his first of two assists on the evening.

The Nittany Lions briefly took the lead in the opening stages of the second period following a Taylor Holstrom goal 2:39 into the second stanza. Connecticut responded six minutes later with a two goal flurry in under a minute to turn a 2-1 Nittany Lion advantage into a 3-2 Huskies' lead.

Penn State responded only minutes later to tie the game at 3-3, setting up an exciting final period before the Huskies won it.


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