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Penn State Downs Arizona State In Overtime (Again), 5-4

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The Nittany Lions overcame a three-goal deficit to sweep the Sun Devils.

Heather Weikel | Black Shoe Diaries

Goals By Period

Team 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
Team 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
Arizona State 4 0 0 0 4
Penn State 2 2 0 1 5

Though the roles were reversed, the ending was almost identical.

After allowing Arizona State to mount a comeback on Friday, it was Penn State’s turn to come from behind on Sunday.

In a nearly identical overtime sequence as Friday, Connor McMenamin potted the game winner as the Nittany Lions swept the Sun Devils with a 5-4 win.

McMenamin was joined on a 2-on-1 with Friday’s hero, Connor MacEachern, but rather than set up his fellow Connor for a one-timer, McMenamin took matters into his own hands, picking the corner on Evan DeBrouwer.

Early in the contest, it seemed it would be a long afternoon for the Nittany Lions. In a span of 69 seconds, the Sun Devils scored on three consecutive shots. Liam Souliere was left hung out to dry on two and was caught off his angle on the third.

A goalie change might have been inevitable. Instead, following a much-needed timeout, Gadowsky stuck with the freshman. Through the remainder of the game, Souliere stopped 33 of the 34 shots he faced, shutting out the Sun Devils for the final 47-plus minutes of action.

The timeout did more than just stop the bleeding for the Nittany Lions. Barely a minute following that three-goal surge, Christian Sarlo got the Nittany Lions on the board and gave the offense a jolt. The Nittany Lions ultimately pumped 45 shots at DeBrouwer.

How It Happened

Early in the first period, the Sun Devils pulled ahead with three goals in a span of 69 seconds. Jax Murray opened the scoring as he collected the puck in the defensive zone, stormed down the ice on a partial breakaway and picked the top corner on Liam Souliere.

Just 24 seconds later, Benji Eckerle doubled the lead as he beat Souliere from a sharp angle. Souliere was sat tight on his post but, being down on one knee, afforded Eckerle far too much space over his shoulder.

Shortly after, James Sanchez completed the trifecta after a defensive zone giveaway by the Nittany Lions. Sanchez had all day in the slot and beat Souliere blocker side.

After utilizing their timeout, the Nittany Lions responded a little more than a minute later, as Christian Sarlo jumped on a rebound and slid it past Evan DeBrouwer’s pad.

Later in the period, Willie Knierim brought the Sun Devils’ lead back to three as he knocked a rebound through the legs of Souliere for a power play tally.

Alex Limoges got one back for the Nittany Lions a couple minutes later. After a tremendous play in the defensive zone by Connor McMenamin, he and Limoges broke out on a 2-on-1. McMenamin was denied by DeBrouwer, but the puck fell to Limoges who whipped home the rebound.

The Nittany Lions trimmed the Sun Devils’ lead to one goal just 11 seconds into the second period. Aarne Talvitie picked up the puck in the offensive zone, made a quick step to the inside and fired a wrister past DeBrouwer’s glove.

A few minutes later, Limoges leveled the game with his second of the afternoon. Following a quick transition breakout, Tim Doherty found Limoges for a tap in goal.

After a back-and-forth third period that yielded no goals, Connor McMenamin sealed the game and the weekend for the Nittany Lions with a near carbon copy of Connor MacEachern’s winner from Friday.