Men's Ice Hockey Falls to Penn State

Men's Ice Hockey Falls to Penn State

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.- The Sacred Heart University Men's Ice Hockey team fell to #13 Penn State tonight by a final score of 8-2. The Pioneers will return to action tomorrow afternoon as the team looks to split the two-game set. Puck-drop is set for 4:30 p.m. 

First Period

  • The Pioneers and Nittany Lions would be even in shots attempted in the opening period as both sides took 21 while SHU had nine on goal while Penn State had 11.
  • Penn State would strike first as a power-play goal by Alex Limoges at 3:32 in the period would put the Nittany Lions ahead 1-0. Assists were granted to Evan Barrett and Clayton Philips.
  • Penn State would tally one more goal in the period off a shot by Cole Hults at 9:31 to give the Nittany Lions a 2-0 lead heading into the second period. Assists would be credited to Brandon Brio and Nate Sucese.

Second Period 

  • The second period would be the best of the night for the Pioneers as they would outshoot Penn State 23-21 while also having more shots on goal 15-8.
  • SHU would get on the board in the second period off a power-play goal by junior Marc Johnstone at 15:19 off a pair of assists by sophomore Nick Boyagian and junior Jordan Kaplan to narrow Penn State's lead to 2-1.
  • Penn State would answer back with a power-play goal by Hults at 17:11 to increase the Nittany Lion lead to 3-1.
  • Sophomore goalie Josh Benson would be solid in net in the second period just allowing the one goal while recording 14 saves.

Third Period 

  • The game started to swing over to Penn State in the third period as the Nittany Lions would record five goals in the third period to eventually lead Penn State to the 8-2 victory.
  • Junior Matt Tugnutt would tally his fourth goal of the season off assists by sophomore Todd Goehring and first-year Jeppe Urup at 5:08 in the period to give SHU it's second goal of the game.
  • In the third period, the Pioneers would be outshot by Penn State 34-11 while SHU salvaged seven shots on goal while Penn State had 19.

Notes

  • SHU would be outshot in the game 76-55.
  • The Pioneers were 1-4 on the power-play while Penn State was 4-8.
  • Sophomore Josh Benson tallied 22 saves while allowing five goals.