Penn State Hockey Review: vs. RIT, vs. Vermont

Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the first installment of Hockey reviews by Not Chris Polak

Welcome all.  Welcome to what will be my weekly contribution to our hockey coverage.  I have a press pass for the season (Yeah, enjoy buying your tickets losers), so more often than not I am going to try to make it down to Pegula for the games.  At which times I will gladly live tweet them for you wonderful twitter people.  If you've seen my work on the BSD account before, you'll know how much fun we have while I'm there tweeting.  So be on the lookout for that you crazy kids.

Penn State 3 RIT 3 (2-0 RIT in Shootout that didn't count)

Penn State had themselves in position to win this one.  They held a 3-2 lead with 7:19 remaining, but just couldn't hold on for the win.  The Nittany Lions showed some nice resiliency in this one regardless though.  They struck first with a goal from freshman Dylan Richard.  RIT would net two of their own later in the period.  The Lions fought back though, netting the equalizing goal in the 2nd off the stick of freshman David Goodwin.  Sophomore Curtis Loik struck for Penn State in the 3rd to put the Lions back on top for the first time since the 1st period.  However, RIT scored an equalizer of their own, and the tie held until overtime.  Neither team could quite break through in the extra period, and both squads were left with the extra 1 on their record.  Axle Perron-Fontaine and Mike Colavecchia both connected on their penalty shots for RIT.

Casey Bailey led Penn State in shots with 6 on the night.  Patrick Koudys, Kenny Brooks, Zach Saar, and Eric Schied all registered assists on the night.  Koudys also blocked 3 shots on the night.  Matt Skoff made 22 saves on the night for the Lions.

Vermont 5 Penn State 2

This bout between the Catamounts of Vermont and the Nittany Lions of Penn State in the Philadelphia College Hockey Faceoff at Wells Fargo Center ended in disappointment for the Lions.  Penn State jumped out to the early lead in this one, scoring twice in the first period on goals from Taylor Holstrom and Tommy Olczyk.  Vermont added a tally of their own towards the end of the period on a Jake Fallon rip, and it was all Vermont from there.  Vermont scored twice in both the 2nd and 3rd periods to put this one out of reach to our beloved Lions.  Fun Fact: This game featured two shorthanded goals- one from Olczyk for State, and one from Brendan Bradley for Vermont.

Penn State outshot Vermont in this one, 33-29, but Mike Santaguida was able to outplay Eamon McAdam in net on the night.  Casey Bailey again led Penn State in shots with another 6 on the night.  Luke Juha, Zach Saar, and Ricky DeRosa all tallied assists on Holstrom and Olczyk's goals.  Pat Koudys and DeRosa each blocked 3 shots as well.

Penn State drops to 1-3-1 on the season.  They'll get a chance to jump back into the wins column this Friday at Robert Morris at 7:05.  Go State.

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