Penn State Hockey: Nittany Lions Skate to 2-2 Tie Against Michigan State, Fall in Shootout
Penn State took the ice at the Pegula Ice Arena Friday night, llooking for its second straight victory after upending No. 10 ranked Michigan a week ago.
Neither team would get many great chances in the opening 20 minutes despite 22 combined shots and several odd man rushes. Lee Reimer would put the Spartans ahead though only four minutes into the second period to put Penn State behind 1-0.
The Nittany Lions came back strong, scoring just over four minutes later as Ricky DeRosa toe-dragged the puck past a defender and slotted in his fifth of the season. Dylan Richard would give Penn State the lead just over a minute later, only seconds into the power play. Neither team would score again during the second frame despite back-and-forth action. Both teams were credited with 9 shots on goal as Penn State netminder Matt Skoff started in net for the second straight game en route to 32 saves.
Spending most of the third period in the offensive zone, Michigan State would score with just under four minutes remaining to tie the game at 2-2. The Nittany Lions would kill off two man-advantages including a 5-on-3 in the first half of the third period. Penn State would take a man advantage into the overtime period but would fail to score in the extra frame.
With the game in the books as a tie both teams took the ice for a shootout to decide who would earn the final point of the night. Neither team would find the back of the net in the opening three shots, sending the shootout to added frames. Both Skoff and Hilderbrand would stand tall in net, but Skoff was bested in the 7th round of the shootout and Penn State forward David Glen came up short with his chance to tie the shootout yet again.
*Big Ten hockey gives a point to both teams at the end of overtime and the game is recorded as a tie. The winner of the shootout receives an additional point. Unlike the NHL, Big Ten teams only earn a point for overtime play if the overtime period ends in a tie.*
Turning Point: Michigan State spent the majority of the third period in the offensive zone as the Nittany Lions looked to protect the lead. Michael Ferrantino would punch in the tying goal with just under four minutes remaining in regulation thanks to a nice pass from Matt Berry. While the Spartans failed to win the game outright, the tying score did prevent Penn State from walking away with a second straight victory.
Player of the Game: Michigan State goaltender Jake Hilderbrand made 25 saves and was strong all game as the Nittany Lions pressed the action throughout the game.
Stat of the Game: After several games of clean play, the Nittany Lions took six penalties on Friday night, three by defenseman Patrick Koudys. The Nittany Lions would kill off all six penalties though including a 5-on-3 advantage midway through the third period.
What It Means: Penn State follows up an emotional victory over No. 10 Michigan with a solid effort against another Big Ten foe. While the Nittany Lions didn't walk away with a win they didn't regress or allow early mental mistakes doom them from the outset.
Penn State and Michigan State will take the ice Saturday at 3:30 PM.