Men’s Hockey Sees Success on the Road, Beating Mercyhurst 7-0

Men’s Hockey Sees Success on the Road, Beating Mercyhurst 7-0

Men’s hockey (2-1-0) showed that a little bit of travel doesn’t bother them a bit this past Friday as they traveled to Mercyhurst for the Snowtown Throwdown.

Penn State wasted no time in showing their dominance on the ice as 6’7” freshman Nikita Pavlychev (Yaroslavl, Russia) netted the first goal of the night just under four minutes into the first period.

Assisted by David Goodwin (Des Peres, Mo.), Chase Berger (St. Louis, Mo.) then notched another goal for the Lions 13 minutes into play, this time during a power-play.

Mercyhurst was only able to take four shots in the first period, all of which were stopped by freshman goalie Peyton Jones (Langhorne, Pa.).

The second period saw an amazing pair of goals from freshman Nate Sucese (Fairport, N.Y.).

The first goal was assisted by Kevin Kerr (Bensalem, Pa.), who passed the puck over to Sucese, who was behind the defense and able to slide the puck easily past Mercyhurst’s goalie at just over a minute into the second period.


Not done yet, Sucese then benefited from a 4-on-4 period of play due to penalties when Goodwin’s shot rebounded and Sucese was able to slapshot the puck right back at the net for his second goal of the night and fourth goal of the evening for Penn State.

Once again, Mercyhurst made a meager attempt at scoring with just four shots for the period, all of which were saved.

The third period sealed Penn State’s fate as the victors thanks to goals from three more Nittany Lions.

Freshman Denis Smirnov (Moscow, Russia) used a power-play to his advantage and scored a sweet upper-corner goal thanks to an assist by Dylan Richard (Sherwood Park, Alb.) and Vince Pedrie (Rochester, Minn.) with just over five minutes to go in the period.

Just two minutes later, Trevor Hamilton (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.) secured his first goal of the season. His goal was quickly followed by the final one of the evening, scored by Andrew Sturtz (Buffalo, N.Y.) who was assisted by Berger and Erik Auto (Espoo, Finland).

Penn State is on the road yet again next weekend as they travel to Notre Dame to take on the notoriously talented Fighting Irish in a two game set beginning next Friday at 7:35 p.m.