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Penn State Hockey: Nittany Lions Fall to Robert Morris, 3-2

by on December 16, 2012 8:00 AM

The Penn State men's hockey team lost, 3-2 to Robert Morris on Saturday night at home but will have to wait two weeks before trying to earn a series split in the Three Rivers Classic held in Pittsburgh at the Consol Energy Center.

Both teams tightened up their defenses for the third period until 8:11 remained, as Robert Morris' Tyler Hinds sniped a pass over Matthew Skoff's shoulder to give the Colonials the game-winning goal. Robert Morris totaled 15 shots in the third period, but Penn State still out shot the Colonials, 40-29 over the course of the game.

The Nittany Lions continued to battle but were unable to find the tying score. They had a one-goal lead in the second period until Robert Morris tied it up with 6:49 to go just as Penn State's power-play ended. Jeff Jones lifted a shot over Skoff's shoulder and into the net.

Earlier in the opening period there was plenty of back-and-forth action, as both teams had chances in front of the net. Robert Morris struck first as freshman defenseman Chase Golightly tallied his second goal of the year with 7:22 to go. Golightly deposited the puck following an odd man advantage deep in the Nittany Lions' zone.

Penn State had several good opportunities to tie the game early, but Robert Morris goaltender Eric Levine was strong in the opening 20 minutes, registering 12 saves.

"Sometimes your best penalty killer is your goaltender," Robert Morris coach Derek Schooley said after the game. "Eric made some big saves for us in a couple scrambles around the net."

Down 1-0, it didn't take long for the Nittany Lions to get off on the right foot in the second period as captain Tommy Olczyk redirected a Luke Juha shot behind Levine only 1:33 into the second frame. Less than two minutes later, Curtis Loik added another, punching in a rebound following a David Glen shot in front of goal.

"I thought Loik was fantastic tonight," PSU coach Guy Gadowsky said after the game. "He had a strong game, he's a real work horse. We had goals that we were aiming for tonight, and until we made a big mistake in the final eight minutes. But other than that I felt like we deserved the result tonight. I was happy with a lot of things that we did. Robert Morris is a good team, they just took three of four points from Ohio State last weekend."



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