No. 8 Michigan State thoroughly dominated No. 20 Penn State on Friday in a 5-0 win.
The Spartans took an early lead on a deflection in front of the net that beat Liam Souliere. After taking a penalty midway through the period, Michigan State extended its lead to 2-0 on a shorthanded goal by Reed Lebster.
MSU dominated the first period, leading in shots 17-9. Penn State could not put together any consistent attack.
Penn State created some quality chances early in the second period to try to get back in the game, but it was Michigan State who found the back of the net first. Gavin O’Connell beat Souliere just four minutes into the frame for a 3-0 lead.
Joey Larson added a goal of his own to make the score 4-0.
Larson scored the only goal of the third on the power play with only 2:37 left in the game.
Notes and Thoughts
- That was the most embarrassing performance I’ve seen from this team in a long time. If it wasn’t clear before, Penn State is in a rebuilding year.
- The last time PSU was shut out was January 29, 2022 in a 6-0 loss to Notre Dame.
- What happened to Souliere? He went from .905 and .917 his last two seasons to .865 this season.
Penn State will take on Michigan State again today at 4:30pm on Big Ten Network.