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Penn State Hockey: St Lawrence Third Period Beats Nittany Lions 4-2

by on October 30, 2015 10:10 PM

For as many different sports as there are in the world nearly all of them can agree on this simple fact.

Make mistakes, especially big ones, and good teams will make you pay.

And while the distance between No. 16 St Lawrence and Penn State may not be the biggest gap the sporting world has to offer, the Nittany Lions made mistakes and St Lawrence made them pay.

Penn State would make many errors on Friday night, none perhaps as damaging as not matching St Lawrence's level of intensity. Each battle on the boards was a challenge, each hit punishing. Penn State is not frequently a team lacking energy, but St Lawrence didn't end up ranked so early in the season by mistake.

"They were battle tested,' Penn State coach Guy Gadowsky said after the game. "We didn't match their level of play."

For the first time in a long time the Nittany Lions were out shot in a period. St Lawrence getting 15 looks on net in the opening 20 minutes of play. It was Alex Hagen that finally made Penn State pay, putting SLU up 1-0 with just under two minutes to go in the first period. A redirection in front getting past Eamon McAdam who was otherwise outstanding in goal all evening making 35 saves.

From there it was much more tangible errors that hurt Penn State. Two shorthanded breakaway chances on the same power play, the first stopped by McAdam the second slipped underneath him as Sean McGovern cooly sent the puck home with 10:21 to go in the second frame.

Kenny Brooks made up for error just 24 seconds later, punching home a power play chance from Chase Berger near the goalmouth. Luke Juha tied the game six minutes later as David Goodwin found him across the net on an odd man rush, Juha easily slotting home the tying mark.

After 40 minutes the Nittany Lions were fortunate to be tied, but the so-called hockey gods rarely smile kindly on teams that are simply lucky. And so Drew Smolcynski's blast from the left circle just seconds after leaving the man advantage put the better team up by a goal just 6:43 into the final frame.

Penn State tried, but SLU tried harder and the results continued to fall its way as a result. Mike Marnell added the game's final goal 12:34 into the period following up on a loose puck from an Sean McGovern shot. Another rush through the zone and a defense cracked by quick skating and sharp passing, aided by poor positioning and poorly timed turnovers.

It's unfair to say Penn State never had a chance, because the Nittany Lions had plenty of chances. But SLU won Friday night's game through hard work and taking advantage of Penn State's mistakes. 

The good news, Penn State will take to the road for a single game against Niagara next Friday before coming back to Pegula Ice Arena to face Sacred Heart. And for the most part, Penn State's issues on Friday were nearly all correctable ones.

If the non conference schedule is supposed to prepare a team for conference play, the Nittany Lions learned a valuable lesson on Friday night.

The task now is to turn knowledge into actions.



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