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The Lions scored three minutes into the game when Eric Scheid put away an amazing shot. The senior forward got the puck over Jake Hildebrand's right shoulder with an impossible angle. Goalie Eamon McAdam and Kevin Kerr were credited for assisting on the play.
WATCH: Eric Scheid scores from an impossible angle. What a snipe. https://t.co/DJQFH7AJ8R #WeAre #HockeyValley— Penn State Hockey (@PennStateMHKY) February 14, 2016
Following the goal the advantage was on the side of Penn State until midway through the first period, when David Goodwin was called for the first penalty of the game. The Lions were able to kill the penalty but the power play disrupted the early momentum it had enjoyed. Michigan State used the extra skater to establish a flow offensively and the effort continued for the remainder of the period. MSU held the advantage in shots on goal 12-11 after 2 minutes but the scoreboard favored Penn State, 1-0.
The Spartans came out ready to play for the second period. Matt DeBlouw scored on a great pass from JT Stenglein after MSU was able to keep the puck in the offensive zone for nearly one minute before the goal. Shortly after the tying goal, David Glen was called for a kneeing penalty and Michigan State went on the power play. The Lions killed the penalty but again used the situation to gain momentum in the game.
After five minutes of even play, Glen was called for another penalty and for the third time PSU skated down one player. During the penalty, MSU was called for its first penalty of the game and the teams skated 4-on-4 for 41 seconds. Following the 4-on-4 time, the Lions had a man advantage for over a minute but were unable to capitalize. With ten seconds left in the power play, Penn State was called for too many men on the ice and MSU went back on the power play. With time running out on the man advantage, Mike Ferrantino scored to give the Spartans a 2-1 lead.
Following the goal, the teams were assessed matching penalties and again skated 4-on-4. The penalties expired with just over three minutes remaining in the second period. Nearly 10 minutes went off the clock without the teams skating with five players each.
The final period was evenly fought through 14 minutes of play. Penn State went on the power play trailing by a goal with six minutes left in the game. Luke Juha put a rebound into the net past Hildebrand for the 2-2 tie. Goodwin and Marsh assisted on the play.
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Following the goal the Lions again fell victim to the penalty bug. The team was handed two penalties and skated down two men with four minutes remaining in the game. PSU was able to kill both penalties with a great effort from McAdam, who made several solid saves to preserve the tie. The game went to overtime.
During the overtime period, the teams skated 4-on-4 for two minutes but neither team was able to score. The game ended in a tie, and the teams had a shootout to decide the ultimate victor. In the shootout, Ricky DeRosa scored in the second round. Eamon McAdam was able to make the save on Cody Milan for the shootout win in favor of Penn State. Under Big Ten rules, a team is awarded 3 points for a win in regulation or overtime, and when the overtime ends and the teams are tied, both teams get one point. The winner of the shootout, Penn State in this case, is awarded a second point.
Penn State garnered five of a possible six points in the weekend series with the Spartans on the road. The team should be very content with that result. Guy Gadowsky's squad returns to Hockey Valley this weekend for the final home series of the year. The Ohio State Buckeyes come to town for a pair of games during THON weekend.
Stars of the Game
Eamon McAdam, Penn State. One assist, one win, 34 saves.
Jake Hildebrand, Michigan State. 35 saves.
Luke Juha, Penn State. Game-tying goal.