No. 12 Hockey Shows Dominance against Anchorage with Series Sweep
Outshooting Anchorage 45-17, Penn State ruled the ice on Friday evening.
Chase Berger (St. Louis, Mo.) notched the first goal of the evening just under 14 minutes into the first period.
After that first goal, Penn State dished out an onslaught of scoring, adding two more goals to the scoreboard in just five minutes.
Kris Myllari (Kanata, Ontario) and Berger again scored goals at the 14th and 18th minute of the first period, respectively, to give Penn State the 3-0 edge over the Seahawks heading into the second period.
Thanks to a pass from freshman all-star Denis Smirnov (Moscow, Russia), Vince Pedrie (Rochester, Minn.) started the second period on a good note for the Lions by bringing the score to 4-0. This was also the only goal of the second period for either team.
Alaska saw the back of the net three minutes into the third period.
The Seawolves’ goal was quickly returned thanks to superior stick handling skills from Ricky DeRosa (Aston, Pa.) just a minute later.
At the 10 minute mark, Alaska brought the score to 5-2.
With just over four minutes to go, Myllari sank the final Nittany Lion goal of the evening, assisted by Smirnov.
The Seawolves contributed one more goal, bringing the final score to a Nittany Lion victory of 6-3.
Captain David Goodwin also became the first Nittany Lion to achieve 100 career points – he now sits at 101 – in his duration at Penn State.
Goaltender Peyton Jones (Langhorne, Pa.) netminded for the full 60 minutes.
Saturday evening presented a few more challenges as the Seawolves came out hungry for a win.
Brandon Biro (Sherwood Park, Alb.) started off the evening strong with a Penn State goal just over five minutes into the first period thanks to an assist from Nate Sucese (Fairport, N.Y.).
Sucese himself then found the back of the net in the 14th minute of the second period after collecting the puck from the boards and expertly placing his shot.
Alaska scored its only goal of the evening five minutes into the third period to make it a tight 2-1 game.
In the final seconds of the game, Sucese sealed the deal with an empty net goal just before the buzzer, giving Penn State the series sweep with a 3-1 win.
Jones once again played for the entirety of the game except for the 16 seconds when Penn State opted to put an extra man on the ice during an Alaska penalty.
Penn State is home yet again this coming weekend as they take on a west coast contender: Arizona State. Head to Pegula Ice Arena this Friday and Saturday for 7 p.m. puck drops!