UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Sacred Heart men's hockey team fell behind early at Penn State Friday night, but scored with 0:29 left to get within a goal at 2-1. However, the Nittany Lions were able to hold off the Pioneers and hang on for the one-goal win.
Penn State (3-3-1) got on the board first Friday night at Pegula Ice Arena. Luke Juha scored on the power play 3:51 into the contest, with an assist from David Goodwin, to put the Nittany Lions ahead 1-0. Rickey DeRosa put Penn State up 2-0 with his goal at the 8:04 mark of the period. Sacred Heart (2-6-0) had two chances on the power play in the opening period, but had only one shot. After being held to three shots in the first, the Pioneers put 10 on goal in the second period. Penn State goaltender Matthew Skoff was equal to the task, stopping all 10 shots as Sacred Heart went 0-for-3 on the power play. With 1:11 left in the game, the Pioneers' pulled goalie Alex Vazzano (Trumbull, Conn.) for the extra attacker. With 0:29 left on the clock, Will Rayner (Needham, Mass.) scored his third goal of the season to cut the deficit to one at 2-1. Penn State was able to keep the lead in the final seconds and hang on for the win.
Evan Jasper (Whitby, Ont.) and Brian Sheehan (St. Louis, Mo.) had assists on the Sacred Heart goal. Jasper now has recorded a point in each of the last three games. Penn State outshot the Pioneers 39-21 for the game. The Nittany Lions were 1-for-7 on the power play as Sacred Heart was 1-for-8. Skoff made 20 saves for Penn State as Vazzano had 37, his third game this season with over 30 saves.
Sacred Heart returns home on Tuesday, Nov. 12 for a 7 p.m. game against Army at Webster Bank Arena.