Penn State men’s hockey (8-7-1, 3-4-1 Big Ten) closed out this weekend’s series against Michigan State with a 3-2 shootout loss.
Evan Barratt scored his fourth goal of the season and his second in as many nights to open the scoring tonight. After conceding two quick goals in the later part of the second period, Trevor Hamilton tied the game with 34 seconds left in the third period to send this game to overtime. Andrew Sturtz’s shootout goal would not be enough for Penn State to pick up the two points on the evening.
Goalie Peyton Jones made 21 saves for the Nittany Lions.
How It Happened
Last night, the first period of the game saw the Nittany Lions and Spartans share five goals en route to a 7-2 Penn State victory. Tonight’s first frame ended in a scoreless tie, of course.
Michigan State failed to earn its first shot on goal in the first six minutes of the game, finishing the stanza with six shots compared to Penn State’s ten.
After a strong defensive period from both teams, Penn State and Michigan State finally found the back of the net in the second period.
It took nearly 13 minutes for Evan Barratt to open the scoring and give the Nittany Lions a 1-0 advantage. His fourth goal of the season and second in as many nights was assisted by Brett Murray and Alec Marsh at 12:57 of the middle frame.
Michigan State responded extremely well to conceding the goal; Taro Hirose and Carson Gatt’s goals were separated by just 2:05 of play, giving the Spartans a 2-1 lead entering the second intermission. Gatt’s second goal of the season gave Michigan State its first lead of the weekend.
Penn State spent the third period searching for a game-tying goal, but an early Nikita Pavlychev holding penalty set up a huge Nittany Lion penalty kill.
After successfully killing off the penalty, fans were frustrated as a pair of Penn State embellishment penalties washed out potential power play opportunities for the Nittany Lions.
Brandon Biro and Trevor Hamilton were both booked for embellishment at crucial points of the third period, setting up four-on-four hockey for two minutes on both of those occasions. It’s rare to see one embellishment penalty called in a hockey game; two on the same team in the same period is almost unheard of at any level.
Despite this, it would be Trevor Hamilton who tied the game at two late in the third period to send this game to overtime. Kevin Kerr and Andrew Sturtz picked up the assists on the senior defenseman’s second goal of the season, which came with 34 seconds left in the third period.
Neither team could find a game-winner during the five minute overtime period, so tonight’s game was decided in a shootout. Taro Hirose and Mitchell Lewandowski both scored shootout goals for Michigan State and the Spartans took the victory after Alex Stevens’ final attempt was denied by Spartan goaltender John Lethemon.
Player Of The Game
Trevor Hamilton | Senior | Defenseman
Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Trevor Hamilton came up huge with his second goal of the season late in regulation to extend the game into overtime.
Hamilton and the Nittany Lions bounced back nicely from the frustration caused by the embellishment penalties, salvaging a point in the Big Ten standings via the shootout.
Penn State will travel to Columbus this weekend for a series with Big Ten rivals Ohio State. The puck drops on Friday & Saturday night at 7 p.m., but the Saturday game may see a time change due to the Big Ten Championship football game featuring the Buckeyes and Wisconsin.