Hockey Drops Second Leg Of Weekend Series to Michigan 5-2
Unfortunately, the Nittany Lions will have to wait until next year for another chance to take the series lead in what will surely be a storied rivalry.
Despite a third period comeback attempt, Penn State was unable to overcome a 4-0 deficit against No. 10 Michigan and dropped the second leg of the weekend series 5-2 after taking the first. Penn State moved to 2-2 on the season against Michigan this year, and dropped to 6-20-2 (2-11-1-0) on the year.
Michigan got off to a quick start in the first period, as Tyler Motte and Alex Kille scored within the first seven minutes to put the Wolverines up 2-0. Despite the two early goals from Michigan, both offenses struggled in the remainder of the first as Michigan put six shots total on Matthew Skoff, while Penn State put five shots on Wolverine goaltender Steve Racine in the frame.
The Wolverines continued to pile on the offense in the second period, as Phil Di Giuseppe notched a goal to give Michigan a commanding 3-0 lead. The Nittany Lion offense continued to struggle in the second, putting only six shots on Racine while Michigan peppered Skoff with a whopping 22 shots.
Michigan was able to put the game out of reach with an Alex Kile goal eight minutes into the third period that put the Wolverines up 4-0. The goal was all coach Guy Gadowsky needed to see out of Skoff, who promptly pulled him in favor of PJ Musico.
Curtis Loik was finally able to get Penn State on the board twelve minutes into third to cut the deficit to 4-1. Taylor Holstrom then added a goal with 1:45 left to give the Nittany Lions an outside shot, but an empty net Di Giuseppe goal solidified the 5-2 win for Michigan.
Penn State is back in action again next Friday with a weekend series at No. 2 Minnesota.