For all the roadblocks that the men’s hockey team has faced this season, No. 10 Michigan has surprisingly given the Nittany Lions little trouble. After Casey Bailey tied the game with five seconds left, David Goodwin beat Michigan goaltender Zach Nagelvoort on a 2-on-1 in OT to seal the 5-4 win for Penn State. It was the second win in a row against Michigan for Penn State, who now lead the season series 2-1. The Nittany Lions are now 6-19-2 on the year, and improve to 2-10-1-0 in Big Ten Play.
It only took seven minutes into the first period for the Nittany Lions to fall down 2-0. However, Penn State quickly responded with a David Goodwin goal just 25 seconds after the second Michigan goal to cut the Wolverine lead to 2-1. A Taylor Holstrom centering pass found Goodwin in the slot, who wristed it five-hole past Nagelvoort. Michigan was able tally one more before the period ended, and Penn State faced a two goal deficit going into the second frame.
The second period was much quieter, as the only goal came on a Penn State power play with 35 seconds left in the period. A Casey Bailey shot from the left circle went five-hole on Nagelvoort, and Penn State went into the third period down 3-2.
The Nittany Lions were able to keep the momentum going into the third period, as a shorthanded breakaway goal from Dylan Richard tied the game at 3 just three minutes into the third period. The play then went back and forth for the majority of the period, until a Michigan goal from Alex Guptill with two minutes left put the Wolverines up 4-3, which seemingly put the game out of reach for the Nittany Lions.
But Penn State wasn’t ready to be dealt yet another heartbreaking loss. The Nittany Lions pulled Matthew Skoff after the goal, and Bailey scored his second goal of the night with five seconds left in the game to tie the game. A failed Michigan clearing attempt allowed the puck to find Bailey’s stick at the point, who fired a desperation shot from the point that beat the glove of Nagelvoort just before time expired. After the remaining five seconds ticked off the clock, the game headed to OT. Penn State had played two OT games before this season, but had yet to pick up a win in the extra frame going into last night’s game.
Neither team could get on the board in the first four minutes of the five minute period, and it looked like the game would head into a shootout. However, a Michigan turnover in Penn State’s zone led to a 2-0n-1 the other way for Goodwin and Zach Saar. Goodwin opted to shoot, and proceeded to snipe one past Nagelvoort to give Penn State the 5-4 win.
Skoff had 32 saves in the win, and still remains the only Penn State goaltender with a win this season. Penn State faces Michigan again tomorrow night at 7 p.m. for a chance to sweep the weekend series.