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Penn State Hockey: No. 16 Nittany Lions Finish Sweep Of No. 17 Clarkson With 5-1 Win

by on October 12, 2018 9:50 PM

Penn State hockey made the most of its chances and got solid goalkeeping from Peyton Jones as the Nittany Lions scored four goals in 20 shots en route to a 5-1 victory over No. 17 Clarkson completing a season-opening sweep Friday night.

It wasn't a positive start for the Nittany Lions though, letting a 2-on-1 develop in transition as Clarkson scored just 3:33 into the contest to go up 1-0. It was just over a minute later until Alex Limoges tied the game and Aarne Talvitie jumped on a rebound a minute following that to put Penn State ahead 2-1.

While Thursday night turned into a back and forth affair, it wasn't to be on Friday night as Nikita Pavlychev was rewarded for a hard-hitting night on the boards with a rebound goal of his own to put Penn State ahead 3-1 just 5:20 into the second period. A breakaway snipe by Brandon Biro made it 4-1 midway through the middle frame.

From there it was an exercise in defense as Peyton jones stopped 13 third period shots en route to a 35 save outing. Chase Berger would add an empty net goal to give the game its final score and Penn State a 2-0 record on the year.

It Was Over When:

Clarkson was never really out of the game but Brandon Biro's snipe at the 13:13 mark the second period gave Clarkson too long of odds to pull off the comeback. Between Penn State's offensive efficiency and Jones' solid night in net, the third period quickly became routine as the clock ticked down.

Stat Of The Game:

Ludvig Larsson won 13 of his 16 faceoff opportunities on the night having gone 13 of 20 the night before totaling 26 of 36 in the series. Penn State blocked 27 shots on Friday night led by Kris Myllari who stopped eight on his own.

Player Of The Game:

Larsson makes a compelling case in this department but Pavlychev registered at least three big hits while picking up two assists and goal on the night. He was all over the ice as the 6-8 Penguins' prospect made the most of his body on both ends of the ice.

Up Next: 

The Nittany Lions will hit the ice again next week at home against Niagara. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 on Friday and 3:30 on Saturday afternoon. Penn State is at home the next six games before traveling to Pittsburgh for the second half of the Robert Morris series. The Nittany Lions open Big Ten play against Michigan on Nov. 16.

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