No. 19 Men’s Hockey Sweeps Canisius at Home

No. 19 Men’s Hockey Sweeps Canisius at Home

After an epic win last weekend on the road against the former No. 3 Notre Dame, No. 19 Penn State (5-1-1) was back at home to face Canisius in the Pegula Ice Arena.

There wasn’t much of a match as Penn State outscored Canisius 65-22 Friday evening for a 4-1 win.

Within the first 20 minutes of the game Penn State had accrued 31 shots on net – a goal was bound to happen at some point.

Freshman Brandon Biro (Sherwood Park. Alberta) started the Lions’ scoring spree in the eight minute of play with a goal assisted by Nate Sucese (Fairport, N.Y.) during a power-play.

With just a few seconds to go in the first period, Vince Pedrie (Rochester, Minn.) received a pass from freshman Denis Smirnov (Moscow, Russia) that gave him just enough time to thoughtfully place the puck in the back of the net, ending the first period with a Lion lead, 2-0.

Penn State yet against opened the second period on fire, Chase Berger (St. Louis, Mo.) was assisted by David Goodwin (Des Peres, Mo.) on a cross-ice pass for the third Penn State goal of the night.

Canisius finally got their feet under them, and notched their lone goal of the evening in the eighteenth minute of play.


In the third and final period, Smirnov scored an empty net goal to seal the deal with a 4-1 win for Penn State.

Peyton Jones (Langhorne, Pa.) made 21 saves for the evening and played the entire 60-minute duration.

Saturday’s game was a bit more a battle, with Penn State ultimately coming out on top with a 4-2 win over the Golden Griffins.

Unlike Friday, Canisius was the first team to score, doing so in the third minute of play with some fast moves and stick work.

Undeterred, Kevin Kerr (Bensalem, Pa.) faked out the goaltender and notched a Nittany Lion goal in the tenth minute of the first period.

Riding off of that momentum, it was Andrew Sturtz (Buffalo, N.Y.) who gave Penn State the lead after the first when a save by Jones rebounded off of the glass and Sturtz headed into Griffin territory on a breakaway.

Penn State started off the second period strong, with Smirnov scoring a goal thanks to some advanced stick work and fake-outs in front of the net. He was assisted by Dylan Richard (Sherwood Park, Alberta) and Goodwin.

Canisius scored a short-handed goal near the tenth minute on a breakaway.

It seemed as though Canisius may have tied things up at the start of the third with a goal, but their attempt at scoring this period was deemed offside and the goal was disallowed.

To cap things off, Berger solidified the win with Penn State’s fourth goal of the evening, giving the Nittany Lions the sweep, 4-2.

Jones yet again played the full game in net.

Penn State is home again this coming weekend, facing off against Niagara on both Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. in the Pegula Ice Arena.