Penn State Hockey: Nittany Lions Knock Off Vermont, 4-2 in Front of Record Crowd in Philadelphia
Playing in front of a crowd of more than 19,000 on Saturday, Penn State knocked off Vermont, 4-2 for an impressive victory at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
Penn State opened up the scoring as Taylor Holstrom knocked in a goal only 3:11 into the game to give the Nittany Lions an early lead. David Glen added another tally with just less than two minutes remaining in the period. Justin Kirchhevel set the goal up with a brilliant pass between the legs that found Glen between the circles. Penn State took the 2-0 lead into the first intermission giving the pro-Penn State crowd plenty to cheer about after a solid opening 20 minutes of hockey.
The Nittany Lions extended the lead to 3-0 nine minutes into the second period as Kirchhevel scored on a warp-around goal that was reviewed by officials. The call on the ice was no goal, but college hockey allows for replay in arenas where the facilities allow for it. While the replays seemed to be inconclusive, it was ruled that the puck completely crossed the line.
The ruling became key in the flow of the game as Vermont got on the board only two minutes later to cut into the three-goal deficit. Robert Polesello took a pass from Philadelphia Flyers' prospect Nick Luukko to cut the Nittany Lion lead to only two.
Penn State never let the Catamounts get any closer as goaltender Matthew Skoff was a stone wall in net, making several fantastic saves, 34 in total on the night.
Casey Bailey finished the night for Penn State, scoring with just more than five minutes to go in the game. Vermont was able to get one back in the final minute, but it was all for naught.
Penn State improves to 9-12-0 in Division I play and has now won at least one game in both of the state of Pennsylvania's major hockey cities. Saturday night's attendance of 19,529 marked the largest crowd for college hockey in the state's history.