No. 14 Penn State Wraps up Regular Season against No. 9 Michigan

No. 14 Penn State Wraps up Regular Season against No. 9 Michigan

The No. 14 Nittany Lions (20-12-4, 10-9-1) were on the road this past weekend in Ann Arbor to face off against the feared and respected No. 9 Michigan on their ice. After a losing their series to Michigan in January, one game of which was played in New York City at Madison Square Garden, Penn State was hoping to come back with a roaring win.

Unfortunately, Michigan simply outplayed the Lions as Penn State fell prey to the Wolverines in both games this past weekend.

Friday night’s game started off with an early goal from Andrew Sturtz (Buffalo, N.Y.), in the second minute of play. However, out of the 36 shots taken by Penn State that evening that would be the only one to find the back of Michigan’s net.

Despite holding off Michigan successfully for most of the first period. Michigan was able to even the tally in the fifteenth minute, sending both teams to the locker room with a 1-1 tie at the end of the first.

After the first period, things headed downhill for the Lions as Michigan notched six more unanswered goals. Michigan obtained its second goal in the second period, and then proceeded to drive the point home with five goals in the third period, leaving the final decision a 7-1 loss for Penn State.

As he has for the past few weeks, head coach Guy Gadowsky started junior goaltender Eamon McAdam (Perkasie, Pa.) in goal. McAdam played for a total of 46 minutes, making 23 saves and allowing five goals. Freshman goalkeeper Chris Funkey (Orland Park, Ill.) was put in for McAdam with 13 minutes left to go; Funkey made 11 saves and allowed two goals.

Although the loss was a tough one, Penn State had high hopes of rising to the occasion on Saturday and coming away with a win. Michigan had other plans.

Another brutal rout, a 6-1 loss for the Lions, was the result of Saturday night’s game at Yost Ice Arena. This time it was Eric Scheid (Blaine, Minn.) who notched the Lions’ sole goal of the evening in the first period.

Michigan’s offensive prowess was so strong that Penn State had to change formation and move one of its 10 forwards back to defense in order to combat Michigan’s onslaught of shots.

McAdam once again started the game in goal, but after saving 23 shots and allowing five goals, Matt Skoff (McKees Rocks, Pa.) was put in the net. Skoff made a total of 26 saves, allowing just one goal for the evening.

Losing the Michigan series was less than desirable, but thanks to the Lions’ perseverance throughout the season and strong record, they will be participating in the Big Ten Tournament with their first game this Thursday, March 17 against old foe Wisconsin. This is sure to be a nail-biter of a game that you won’t want to miss. Check it out on TV this Thursday!