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Penn State Hockey: Nittany Lions Sweep Canisius With Pair Of Weekend Victories

by on October 30, 2016 11:50 AM

Penn State hockey extended its unbeaten streak to five games, beating Canisus College 4-1 on Friday and then again 4-2 on Saturday night to improve to 5-1-1 on the year.

On Friday night it was a 31-shot first period and a 2-0 lead after the opening 20 minutes of play that gave Penn State a commanding lead of the game's flow. Freshman Brandon Biro netted his first collegiate goal to open the scoring and the defenseman Vince Pedrie slammed home a pass from Denis Smirnov to make it 2-0 with just 3.6 seconds to go in the frame. Canisius got off just five shots in the opening frame.

Penn State's 31-shot period was the highest total for a single period in program history beating out the previous high of 25 shots. Chase Berger made it 3-0 on a pass from David Goodwin on the power play to extend the lead even farther but a late Canisius goal with just over minute remanning in the second period tightened the lead to just two goals despite a massive shot differential.

The Nittany Lions' penalty kill went to work again midway in the third period killing off a 5-on-3 opportunity and a five minute major as Canisius tried to close the gap to just a single goal but it wasn't meant to be. Freshman goalie Peyton Jones made 21 saves on the night.

Saturday it was more of the same although this time it was the visitors scoring first in the opening minutes before Kevin Kerr tied the game midway through the first period to make it 1-1. Sophomore Andrew Sturtz added to his goal collection as well taking a pass from Jones and working his way into a shorthanded breakaway, finishing the sequence with a nifty move and score to give Penn State a 2-1 lead.

Smirnov added a goal to his usually assist filled box score close in front for a tally that was reviewed and upheld to make it 3-1. Canisius fired back just minutes later with a shorthanded goal of its own to bring the visitors within just one in the second period.

Up just a goal it looked as though Canisius had scored the tying mark but a heady challenge by captain David Goodwin would eventually overturn the call on the ice after a review deemed the play offsides.

Chase Berger added another to his name just minutes later to give the game its final margin with 8:47 to go in regulation.

Jones improved to 5-0-1 on the year and Penn State will now face Niagara University this upcoming Thursday and Friday.



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