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Penn State Hockey Ties St. Lawrence 2-2

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The Lions had chances to win the game late but were able to grab a tie.

Dylan Richard nearly scored early in the game
Dylan Richard nearly scored early in the game
Chris Taylor

1st 2nd 3rd Final
Penn State 1 0 1 2
SLU 1 1 0 2

Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Penn State 20 14 14 52
SLU 7 11 6 26

First Period

The first period began with each team skating aggressively. Play went back and forth for the first few minutes without either team making a serious threat to score a goal. That changed four minutes in when Dylan Richard had a chance to sneak one past goalie Arthur Brey. While Richard was unable to score the near-miss inspired PSU's play. Moments later Alec Marsh converted the momentum into a goal when he fought for a rebound in front of the net and slipped it in for the first score of the game. Luke Juha and Eric Scheid assisted on the goal.

The crowd inside Pegula Ice Arena was energized by the play but the enthusiasm was short-lived. Less than two minutes later Brian Ward tied the game when he put a shot past goalie Matt Skoff.

Over the next eight minutes Saint Lawrence got sloppy, taking three separate penalties, one after another. The Lions were on the power play for six of the next eight minutes but were unable to make it pay off.

With three and a half minutes left in the period David Thompson almost scored on a shot from the point but Brey knocked it aside with his blocker. The next trip down the ice SLU's Brian Ward challenged Matt Skoff on a great individual effort in front of Penn State's net, but Skoff kicked it to the side. On the ensuing trip down the ice the Lions nearly scored on a flurry of quick shots in front of the net.

Moments later Ricky DeRosa won a face-off in the Saints' zone and he and Tommy Olczyk stormed the front of the net. After a shot from the point by Luke Juha, goalie Arthur Brey momentarily bobbled the puck but was able to hold on as the pair of Lions whizzed by.


The period ended with the teams tied at one apiece.

Second Period

In the opening minute Andrew Sturtz took a centering pass from David Goodwin and nearly deflected it past Arthur Brey for a quick goal, but Brey got a sliver of his stick on the puck and sent if spinning over the crossbar.

Penn State would have the next several quality scoring chances as the first four minutes of the period was tilted in its favor. Brey was up for the challenge, making seven saves in four minutes. Soon after PSU went on the power play once again when Nolan Gluchowski was called for interference. The Lions were unable to score with the man advantage for the fourth time in the first 24 minutes of the game.

Later in the period David Glen took the first penalty for Penn State when he was called for slashing. Moments into the penalty PSU's best penalty killer, Tommy Olczyk, lost his stick while SLU had the puck in its offensive zone. For over a minute the Saints held the puck in the zone and the Lions fought with one less player and fewer sticks than its opponent. The Lions were able to clear and later kill the penalty without giving up any ground to the visiting team.

With five minutes left in the period defenseman Kevin Kerr blocked a shot with his left knee and limped his way off the ice. Kerr would return to the game on the next shift. Soon after Curtis Loik was called for cross-checking and St. Lawrence went on the power play for the second time. A minute later the Saints made the penalty hurt as Mike Marnell took a crossing pass from Nolan Gluchowski and finished the play. On the ensuing face-off SLU took the puck into its offensive zone and made Matt Skoff make a very important and difficult save to keep the lead to one goal.

Momentum swung to St. Lawrence after the goal and near follow-up and the crowd inside Pegula fell silent. The teams skated out the final couple of minutes without a goal or penalty. Following the final whistle, several players on each team had to be separated. No punches were thrown or penalties assessed, but the refs and coaches remained on the ice for several moments after the players headed into the locker room.

The period ended with the Lions trailing 2-1.

Third Period

At the outset of the period it appeared that the Lions had regained momentum as the team skated with purpose and aggression. Four minutes in that momentum was halted as Kenny Brooks was called for a slashing penalty, giving the Saints a man advantage with a one-goal lead. The Lions were able to kill the penalty without allowing a quality shot on goal.

The penalty kill energized the home team and soon after Vince Pedrie tied the game with a goal off a great pass from David Goodwin. Andrew Sturtz got an assist on the play as well. The crowd was back in the game but the Lions were once again put to the test as Alec Marsh was called for tripping.

The Lions were able to kill the penalty and were even able to get off a few high-quality shots while skating a man down.

With 7:42 remaining in the game the Lions went on the power play but were unable to score.

The teams skated evenly for the next few minutes. With 1:29 left in the game Guy Gadowsky called time out for Penn State to discuss the end of the game strategy. Penn State was not able to score but with ten seconds remaining in the game David Goodwin skated in deep with the puck and was thwarted by Arthur Brey.

The period ended with the team tied at 2.

Overtime

One minute in Tommy Thompson of SLU had a breakaway chance but Matt Skoff was able to make the save. Moments later PSU went on the power play when Eric Sweetman was called for holding in his defensive zone. With 19 seconds left in the penalty, St. Lawrence took another penalty as Matt Purmal was called for a two-minute charging and five minute game misconduct.

Penn State had a couple of chances to score but was unable. With 1.9 seconds left in the game SLU nearly scored on a short-handed effort but Matt Skoff stopped the play to preserve the tie.

The game ended in a 2-2 tie.

Stars Of The Game

First Star- Arthur Brey, St. Lawrence, 50 saves.

Second Star- Vince Pedrie, Penn State, goal

Third Star- David Goodwin, Penn State, assist