Penn State Hockey: Nittany Lions Fall 2-1 In Defensive Battle With Michigan State
How It Happened: Penn State scored in the opening 45 seconds of play to take a 1-0 lead but failed to find the back of the net again.
The Nittany Lions would pepper the Spartan defense with shots for all three periods but Michigan State's defense stood tall, blocking shots and clearing loose pucks out of the zone.
Penn State's defense played a strong game as well, only allowing 13 shots on goal all game. Michigan State would tie the game midway through the second period, a 20 minute span that saw the Spartans register only two shots on goal.
Penn State couldn't capitalize on some late chances in the third period and Matt Berry would give Michigan State the load with a goal at 14:56 into the third and final frame.
It was a defensive battle with limited chances to score. Penn State would kill off three penalties while the Spartans would be shorthanded only twice all game.
Turning Point: Michigan State's Matt Berry slapped in a rebound, bouncing the puck past Penn State goaltender Matt Skoff with just under 5 minutes to play to give the Spartans a 2-1 lead.
Player of the Game: Michigan State goaltender Jake Hilderbrand made 28 saves including several key stops to keep Penn State from taking or extending its lead. The star netminder made a game high 11 stops in the second period.
Stat of the Game: Michigan State was held to 5 shots after 40 minutes of play while Penn State had 22 shots on goal. The Nittany Lions were outshot 8-7 in the third period but still held Michigan State to only 13 shots on goal. After scoring in the opening minute of play, Penn State failed to find the back of the net for the next 59 minutes despite a few good chances on Spartan goaltender Jake Hildebrand.
What It Means: Penn State falls for the first time since beating No. 10 Michigan a week ago and after tying the Spartans on Friday night 2-2.
Who Is Next: Penn State will travel on the road to face Wisconsin.
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