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Penn State Downs Arizona State In Overtime, 3-2

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The Nittany Lions let a two-goal lead slip away but came away with the victory.

Heather Weikel | Black Shoe Diaries

Goals By Period

Team 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
Team 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
Arizona State 0 1 1 0 2
Penn State 2 0 0 1 3

With the clock winding down in overtime, Connor MacEachern caught Arizona State in the midst of a poor line change. That left him with a choice: feed Alex Limoges, who already had a goal in the game and would have had a yawning cage to pot the game winner, or have himself a rip.

Fortunately for Penn State, his decision, whether right or wrong, paid off. MacEachern picked the blocker side corner on Evan DeBrouwer and giving the Nittany Lions the 3-2 win over the Sun Devils.

The overtime was likely a bit more dramatic than the Nittany Lions should have allowed. The duo of Alex Limoges and Tim Doherty connected twice in the first period, putting the Nittany Lions in the driver’s seat early.

Penn State was clicking on special teams, scoring on its only power play attempt and thwarting both of Arizona State’s man advantages.

But blown leads are not uncommon to the Nittany Lions. Nor is Sean Dhooghe making them pay. The former Wisconsin Badger leveled the game early in the third period.

Though the collapse was on, the Nittany Lions didn’t implode. They pressed the issue for the remainder of the third and into the extra five-minute session, with both goalies having their share of ten bell saves.

How It Happened

Penn State opened the scoring midway through the first period with a power play tally. After some tremendous puck movement, Tim Doherty fed Alex Limoges for a tap-in.

Late in the period, the duo connected again with roles reversed. Seconds after Doherty tried to set up Xander Lamppa, Limoges sauced the puck to Doherty, who sliced a shot past Evan DeBrouwer.

The Sun Devils finally got one past Oskar Autio deep into the second period. A blocked shot sent the Sun Devils on a 2-on-1 rush, which ultimately became a breakaway for Willie Knierim. Knierim got Autio to bite and lifted a shot under the crossbar.

Early in the third period, the Sun Devils leveled the game at two. Sean Dhooghe carried the puck from his own zone on an odd-man rush. The former Wisconsin Badger ripped one bar down over Autio’s blocker.

After trading chances early in overtime, the Nittany Lions caught a tired group of Sun Devils for an extended period of time. Desperate for a line change, the Sun Devils forwent defensive responsibilities. The Nittany Lions took advantage.