The game started with a very consistent, up-tempo pace. Alaska broke the ice with a goal five minutes in off the stick of Taylor Munson. On the ensuing face-off, Alaska won the draw and took the puck directly to Penn State goalie Mathew Skoff, getting a pair of point-blank shots before PSU could clear the zone. Once PSU was able to clear the zone, however, they took the puck the length of the ice and immediately scored a tying goal. Eric Scheid collected a rebound in front of the net and put it in the goal for the 1-1 tie. Connor Varley and James Robinson assisted on the goal.
GOAL! Eric Scheid puts home a rebound and just like that it's 1-1 with 14:34 in the 1st. #WeAre #PennState— Penn State Hockey (@PennStateMHKY) October 19, 2014
Four minutes into the second period, Alaska forward Nolan Huysmans tallied Alaska's second goal of the night. Just over a minute later, Penn State answered with a goal from Connor Varley, assisted by Curtis Loik and Kenny Brooks. The game remained tied at 2-2 for the next seven minutes, with a continued up-tempo pace by both teams. Max Gardiner gave Penn State their only lead of the night on a power play goal, assisted by Mike Williamson and Luke Juha. The extra-man advantage for Penn State was due to a 5 minute major penalty on Tyler Morley of Alaska. Morley pushed PSU forward Casey Bailey into the boards on a very dangerous play. Bailey was down on the ice for a few moments, but was able to skate to the bench under his own power. The second period ended with a score of 3-2, the Lions holding the advantage.
GOAL! Max Gardiner goes top shelf and #PennState leads 3-2! #WeAre— Penn State Hockey (@PennStateMHKY) October 19, 2014
The score remained 3-2 for fourteen minutes into the third period before Alaska freshmen Austin Vieth scored two goals in 27 seconds to give Alaska a permanent lead at 4-3. After leading for over 30 minutes of game time, Penn State never regrouped from this scoring flurry. A minute later, with four minutes left in the game, Max Gardiner was issued a very unfortunate slashing penalty. The Lions were able to kill off the penalty, but the call sapped the life out of the team. Once the penalty was over, with just a minute left in the game, Penn State pulled goalie Matthew Skoff in an attempt to even the score. The Lions weren't able to get a quality shot on goal with the extra skater, Alaska held on for the win.
FINAL: Alaska 4, #PennState 3. #NittanyLions allow two late tallies as the Nanooks take the Brice Goal Rush with a 2-0-0 record.— Penn State Hockey (@PennStateMHKY) October 19, 2014
- PSU goalie Matthew Skoff faced 33 shots, stopping 29. Skoff was named to the all-tournament team for his efforts this weekend.
- To Penn State's credit, the team managed 43 shots on an Alaska team that had given up no more than 21 shots in a single game this season.
- Coach Guy Gadowsky said that David Thompson is doing fine after his injury on Friday night, and that he should only miss a couple of games. Thompson sustained a abdominal laceration that required 26 stitches.
- When all was said and done, the Nittany Lions finished in third place in the Brice Alaska Goal Rush, finishing behind UAF in first place, and UAA in second.
Brice Goal Rush All-Tournament Team: Matthew Skoff. #WeAre #HockeyValley #PSUinAlaska— Penn State Hockey (@PennStateMHKY) October 19, 2014
The Lions are on their way back to Happy Valley and the team will have Monday off to recover from this long trip.
#NittanyLions finish the Brice Goal Rush in third place. UAF takes top honors, UAA in second place.— Penn State Hockey (@PennStateMHKY) October 19, 2014
Good morning. The #NittanyLions are one flight away from the East Coast. #WeAre #HockeyValley @… http://t.co/jjDLABvZEY— Penn State Hockey (@PennStateMHKY) October 19, 2014