Men’s Hockey Takes Down Michigan 3-2 In Ann Arbor
Penn State (7-2-2, 1-0-0 B1G) emerged from the famed Yost Ice Arena victorious on Friday night, defeating the Michigan Wolverines (4-6-0, 0-1-0 B1G) 3-2, and capturing the team’s first Big Ten victory of the season in the process.
The scoring started early for the Wolverines, as Michigan left winger Max Shuart snuck one by Penn State goaltender Eamon McAdam just 46 seconds into the game for the early 1-0 lead. The Nittany Lions responded later in the first thanks to a Max Gardiner goal, fed by Casey Bailey. The goal was Gardiner’s second on the season, and provided a big spark for a Penn State team that came out of the gate sloppy.
The draw would not last long, as Eric Scheid put one through the five hole just 22 seconds later for a 2-1 lead and his seventh goal on the season. Two minutes later, Casey Bailey put the Nittany Lions up 3-1 on this beautiful snipe on the goaltender’s glove side. Bailey’s goal was his ninth of the year, which ties him for the nation’s scoring lead.
Ten minutes into the second period, the Wolverines had appeared to cut the deficit to one, but an untimely high sticking penalty by Michigan wiped the goal off the board. Special teams was crucial for both teams in the second, with big scoring opportunities shut down by impressive penalty killing units. McAdam held his own in game, stopping an onslaught of shots by Michigan — including this highlight-reel diving effort — to preserve Penn State’s two goal lead.
The Wolverines eventually found the back of the net again after a scoreless second period thanks to a Michael Downing rip from the slot that found its way past McAdam. The two teams traded blows down the stretch, with Michigan outshooting Penn State in the third period, 8-6. The Nittany Lions were tested towards the end of the game after Michigan was awarded a late two minute power play, but the team would outlast the Wolverine onslaught, and escaped Yost Ice Arena with a big win.
McAdam finished with 38 saves on the night, earning him third star accolades. McAdam has been unstoppable of late in the net for Penn State, notching 79 saves on the season thus far, with only four goals allowed.
The Nittany Lions will take on the Wolverines again on Saturday night at 7:35 p.m. to close out the team’s first conference series of the year. The team will look to break the brooms out and finish off the series with a statement sweep.