Penn State takes the sweep at Michigan State
Friday night’s win was one for the books as Penn State dominated all three periods. Vince Pedrie (Rochester, Minn.) started off the night with a goal in the eighth minute of the first thanks to assists from Erik Autio (Espoo, Finland) and Alec Marsh (Bridgewater, N.J.).
Tommy Olczyk (Long Grove, Ill.) registered his ninth goal of the season to close out the first period with another assist from Marsh.
Michigan State notched its only goal of the evening at the start of the second period. Their hopes of tying it up, however, were quickly dashed when Eric Scheid (Blaine, Minn.) found the back of the Michigan State net, only to be quickly followed up by an unassisted goal from Andrew Sturtz (Buffalo, N.Y.) to end the second.
With the Lions confidently in the lead going into the start of the third period, it was looking like it would be a surefire win for Penn State.
David Goodwin (Des Peres, Mo.) helped to further solidify the lead in the third minute of the third with assists from Pedrie and Sturtz. After dominating the ice for the remaining minutes, Zach Saar (Richland, Mich.) etched out the final goal of the game, making the final score a Nittany Lion win of 6-1.
The Lions outshot the Spartans 49-29, with Penn State goalie Matt Skoff (McKees Rocks, Pa.) playing for the entire duration of the game.
Saturday proved to be less of a walk in the park for Penn State. Michigan State came out on fire, making for an exciting three periods in Spartan territory.
Starting junior Eamon McAdam (Perkasie, Pa.) in goal, McAdam would make 34 saves before the night was over.
Penn State once again scored first, a Scheid goal at the start of the first that was assisted by Kevin Kerr (Bensalem, Pa.) and McAdam.
Penn State’s 1-0 lead was short lived, and Michigan State notched its first goal of the evening within the first two minutes of the second. The Spartans scored again in the fourteenth minute of the second, leaving it up to Penn State to make some serious moves in the third period.
After a tense nail-biter of a third period, Luke Juha (Mississauga, Ontario) scored the game-tying goal in the fifteenth minute, breathing life back into the Nittany Lions.
After a difficult overtime period, the teams were sent to a tense shootout.
Ricky DeRosa (Aston, Pa.) scored in the second round of the shootout. It all came down to McAdam, who made the save on MSU’s third attempt to come away with the win.
The Nittany Lions left Michigan State victorious, granting Michigan State their 20th loss of the season.
This coming weekend, Penn State is back home at Pegula Ice Arena for THON weekend, facing off against Ohio State at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Student ticket-holders who will not be attending the games due to THON have the opportunity to donate their student tickets to a THON family. Please see Go PSU Sports for more information about how to donate your ticket.