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Penn State 6, Robert Morris 2: On To Conference Play

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It was a business trip and Penn State took care of business.

Photo by Heather Weikel

Goals

Team 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
Team 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
Penn State 4 1 1 xx 6
Robert Morris 0 2 0 xx 2

Nate Sucese tied the Penn State all-time scoring record with an assist in the second period. He nearly scored an empty-net goal late in the game but the record will have to wait for another night.

Last season the Lions scored 18 points in two games against Robert Morris. Earlier this year, Guy Gadowsky’s team eked out a 2-1 win at home. On Saturday night the floodgates were opened early and a wave of scoring with more force than three rivers came down on the Colonials.

With four goals in the first period, the outcome of the game wasn’t in doubt for long. For a time during the second period Robert Morris was playing harder than the Lions but they were not able to get within 3 goals.

Penn State (16-6) will remain near the top-5 in the PairWise Rankings heading into the full conference schedule. With Big Ten action taking place while the Lions were on a bye in conference play, the race has gotten tight at the top of the standings. Penn State remains in first place by 2 points but three teams are within three points of the pace.

The Lions head home for a pair of games against Michigan. It will be the first series of the second half with the support of the students, so it should be a great atmosphere.

How It Happened

A tripping penalty was called on Robert Morris the first time down the ice, just 11 seconds into the game. It didn’t get much better for the home team, as Sam Sternschein scored off a pass from the face-off two seconds later.

Connor MacEachern added a second goal on a nice pass from Kevin Wall two minutes later and the floodgates were cracked open a bit. The teams skated evenly for the next ten minutes, swapping penalties, until Mason Snell stepped up from his defensive spot to score his second goal of the season. Evan Barratt got his 17th assist on the play.

Kris Myllari added a goal a few minutes later. Just 15 minutes in and the game was bordering on a blowout. Peyton Jones made a nice save toward the end of the period while Robert Morris had a short-handed breakaway chance.

The second period began with the Colonials playing hard. Evan Barratt hit Grant Hebert after a whistle and a scrum ensued. Cole Hults was the only one sent to the penalty box, he got a player in a headlock and wouldn’t let go. The penalty came and went without a goal but it gave Robert Morris momentum.

The Colonials out-played Penn State for much of the rest of the period. Justin Addamo scored to cut the lead to 4-1 midway through the game. Evan Barratt went to the locker room midway through the period with an apparent injury and returned to the bench five minutes later after missing a couple of shifts.

Max Sauve scored off a pass from Nate Sucese who tied the all-time scoring record at Penn State with 127 points. Robert Morris cut the lead to three again with a goal late in the period. The Lions got a power play with 90 seconds to go before the second intermission but were not able to take advantage.

Liam Folkes hit the post on a great pass from Alex Limoges late in the final period on what was the closest chance to add to the lead. Robert Morris pulled the goalie for an additional skater with just under four minutes to play.

Peyton Jones tried to score a goal late in the game but Robert Morris pulled out the stops to avoid giving up a goalie goal. Alex Limoges scored in the final seconds to get the final goal of the night.