Goals by Period
Penn State has been desperate for its big names to show up.
On Thursday night, they finally did.
The Nittany Lions offense exploded en route to a 9-5 win over Michigan, giving the Nittany Lions their first win of the season.
Through their first five winless games of the season, the Nittany Lions produced just 10 goals total. Alex Limoges, Aarne Talvitie and Timmy Doherty, expected to lead the offensive charge, accounted for just two. Not apiece, total.
On Thursday, Talvitie netted a pair on his own for his first goals of the season, while Limoges’ added a power play tally in the middle frame.
The Nittany Lions didn’t appear to diverge from their typical game plan of overwhelming the Wolverines with shot attempts. Rather, this may be a case of Penn State finally getting the bounces they needed and a rare off night for Michigan goalie Strauss Mann, who was pulled after allowing six goals on 25 shots.
Though it will appropriately be overshadowed by the scoring outburst, the Nittany Lions’ defensive effort shouldn’t be overlooked. Though they still afforded the Wolverines plenty of quality looks at Oskar Autio, the Nittany Lions held the No. 7 team in the nation to 26 shots in the contest, and looked as good as they ever have while trying to preserve a third-period lead.
How It Happened
After falling behind early on Wednesday, the Nittany Lions turned the tables on the Wolverines. Just 43 seconds into the game, Aarne Talvitie buzzed down the left wing and fired a laser over Strauss Mann’s shoulder.
Not even two minutes later, Jared Westcott doubled the lead with his first goal as a Nittany Lion. Westcott took a pass from Xander Lamppa and outwaited Mann as he tucked a shot past the goalie’s pad.
Just 20 seconds later, the Wolverines responded as Nick Blankenburg flew down the right wing and beat Oskar Autio far side.
Later in the first, the Wolverines leveled the contest with a power play goal. Blankenburg corralled a loose puck to Autio’s right and fired a shot between the his legs for his second of the game.
The Wolverines took the lead just 34 seconds into the second period. Defenseman Cam York joined the attack and sent a backhand shot past Autio’s glove.
The Nittany Lions answered back with a power play goal of their own. Talvitie netted his second of the game with a wrister from the left circle that beat Mann short side.
A couple minutes later, the Wolverines reclaimed the lead. Thomas Bordeleau strode down the right side and made a nifty move to the inside on Jimmy Dowd Jr. before sliding a shot past Autio.
A couple minutes after that, Dowd Jr. avenged his defensive gaff at the other end of the ice. After Christian Sarlo had his initial attempt blocked, he grabbed the puck and fed Dowd Jr. for a tap in.
Not long afterward, the Nittany Lions reclaimed the lead with another power play tally as Alex Limoges deflected a point shot past Mann.
Just 15 seconds later, Bobby Hampton buried his first as a Nittany Lion after a broken play fell to him at the side of the net.
Late in the period, Chase McLane extended the Nittany Lions’ lead to three goals with another power play goal. After a flurry of chances, McLane finally slid the puck over the line for his first as a Nittany Lion.
Midway through the third period, Brendan Brisson trimmed the Nittany Lions lead. Brisson caught Autio sliding one direction and pulled the puck onto his backhand with an open net.
Hampton iced the game with under two minutes to play as he hit the empty net from his own zone.