No. 11 M. Hockey Secures Big Ten Sweep against Michigan State

No. 11 M. Hockey Secures Big Ten Sweep against Michigan State

No. 11 M. Hockey (20-8-2) found success on the road this past weekend as the team headed to East Lansing to face off against Michigan State.

On Friday night, the Blue and White defeated the Spartans with a decisive 4-2 victory that included an electrifying third period.

The Nittany Lions struck first, with Andrew Sturtz (Buffalo, N.Y.) sending a puck through his legs as a pass to Alec Marsh (Bridgewater, N.J.) who slammed the puck into the twine to put Penn State on the board just three minutes into play.

A quiet rest of the period sent the team into the first intermission still in the lead.

The second period saw Michigan State get on the board as a Spartan offensive player faked out Nittany Lion goaltender Peyton Jones (Langhorne, Pa.) and found the back of the net to tie things up, 1-1.

Despite the 39 shots Penn State had during this game, the final three points would wait until after the second intermission for the Nittany Lions.

Penn State came out hungry for a win in the third period, and win they did after scoring three unanswered goals.

Michigan State struck again midway through the third period, giving them a tense 2-1 lead.

Penn State never panicked, and soon began their onslaught of scoring, initiated 13 seconds after the Spartans’ goal by Chase Berger (St. Louis, Mo.).


Dylan Richard (Sherwood Park, Alberta) then took advantage of a power-play situation and returned the lead to the Blue and White after some confusion in front of the Michigan State net.

Senior and captain David Goodwin (St. Louis, Mo.) finished it off with an empty net goal to give Penn State the definitive 4-2.

The weekend only got better as Saturday night completed the sweep for Penn State who took the win with a 4-1 trouncing of Michigan State.

This game was all about the Blue and White as freshman Nate Sucese (Fairport, N.Y.) hammered one in 11 minutes into the first period thanks to a behind-the-net pass from Goodwin.

Freshman superstar Denis Smirnov (Moscow, Russia) found the net just three minutes later after pulling some moves on the Spartans’ goalie and pushing the puck into the twine for a 2-0 lead.

Sucese rounded out the first period with another goal after receiving a pass from Brandon Biro (Sherwood Park, Alberta) on an odd-man rush to send the team into the first intermission up a comfortable 3-0.

A scoreless second period saw Penn State dominate the game despite not being able to find the back of the net.

Michigan State scored its lone goal of the evening halfway through the third period.

Sturtz followed up the Spartan goal just three minutes later to complete the 4-1 win and sweep of Michigan State.

Penn State returns home this coming weekend for the team’s final home game of the regular season.

The Blue and White face Wisconsin on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Pegula Ice Arena. Come on out for one last time in Hockey Valley!