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Penn State Hockey: Nittany Lions Pick Up Point In Shootout Loss To Michigan State

by on January 17, 2015 6:00 AM

Penn State's late rally came up just short as the Nittany Lions fell in a shootout on Friday night after tying 2-2 in regulation with Michigan State. The Nittany Lions are 10-7-3 overall and now 4-2-1 in the Big Ten. A shootout loss counts as a tie in the standings for both teams with the winner of the shootout picking up two points and the loser a single point.

How It Happened:

Looking for a second straight win Penn State came out flying with a 20 shot first period but it was Michigan State that took a 2-1 lead into the break. Michigan State scored to open the back and forth action with 16:11 gone in the period as Penn State netminder Eamon McAdam was out of the net and tangled up with several players. The goal was reviewed but deemed good giving the Spartans a 1-0 lead. 

Penn State responded three minutes later. Eric Scheid's breakaway goal trickled past Michigan State goalie Jake Hildebrand with 59 seconds to go in the period. Twenty-six seconds later Villiam Haag made it 2-1 Michigan State when a blast made it past McAdam late in the period.

It was more back and forth action in the second period although both teams registered only a total of 21 shots on goal, a modest total for a shot-happy Penn State team. It was a scoreless frame though and the Nittany Lions went into the second intermission down a score.

From there it was full steam ahead. Penn State looked to tie the game, coming close on several occasions but was unable to break Hildebrand. David Goodwin came streaking into the play with eight minutes to go in regulation and blasted home a shot in front of an open net to make it 2-2. The Nittany Lions nearly took the lead on two occasions late in the game but were unable to capitalize. 

The overtime period saw only 6 shots on goal, 5 on McAdam and both teams picked up a point in the standings as it entered a shootout. McAdam made two of three possible saves. Penn State failed to score on any of its three shootout attempts. 

It Was Over When:

Penn State couldn't score in the shootout and a lone Michigan State goal slipped through Eamon McAdam's legs to give the Spartans the eventual game winning tally. The Nittany Lions had a strong third period but it wasn't enough to take a late lead after tying the game.

Stats Of The Game:

Penn State and Michigan State totaled 85 shots on net Friday night. Neither team scored on any of the night's four power plays. Five different players registered four or more shots on net for the Nittany Lions.

Player Of The Game:

Michigan State goalie Jake Hilderbrand made 48 saves on 50 shots and many of them were of the strong variety, including an 18 save effort in the third period. Hilderbrand was only forced to make one save in the five minute overtime period.

What's Up Next:

Penn State and Michigan State will face off once again on Saturday for an evening puck drop at 5 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU for the first national broadcast of the season at Pegula Ice Arena. The Nittany Lions will wear alternate uniforms for the first time in program history.

For Penn State, Casey Bailey led the way with 9 shots for the Nittany Lions and one assist. Eamon McAdam made 33 saves on the night including 12 in the second period.

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