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No. 12 Penn State Hockey Defeats Alaska-Anchorage 3-1, Completes Third Consecutive Sweep

No. 12 Penn State (9-1-1) continued its nine game unbeaten streak as it snuck past Alaska-Anchorage 3-1 Saturday night.

How it Happened

Penn State came out with more life and energy than it did on Friday night in the first. The Nittany Lions opened up scoring with a power play goal from Brandon Biro at the 6:19 mark of the first period. Following fluid puck movement around the offensive zone, Nate Sucese rotated up to the point to create space at the bottom of the circle for Biro. Biro collected the pass, cut across the crease, and passed the puck into the open net.

At the end of period one, Penn State held a 1-0 lead.

The Nittany Lions continued to control the game in the second, generating constant offensive zone pressure for the majority of the period. Nate Sucese gave Penn State a 2-0 lead after he hammered home a fortuitous bounce off of the end boards. Along with a two-goal edge, Penn State took a staggering 37-12 shot advantage into the second intermission.

Momentum started to shift early in the third, as Anchorage tallied its first goal of the night with 14:06 remaining. Seawolf forward Tad Kozun sniped a shot off of the post and into the back of the net after he was left wide open in the slot. Penn State goalie Peyton Jones saw an increased number of shots, however he was equal to the task on all of them. Nate Sucese scored an empty net goal with 23 seconds left for his second tally of the night. Shot totals finished 56-23, as Penn State escaped victorious.

Takeaways

  • Anchorage is a long flight home from State College, especially after getting swept.
  • Hockey Valley is turning into one of the toughest places to play in the country. The Roar Zone, coupled with a new enthusiastic fan base, has played a big part in Penn State’s 7-1 home record this season.
  • Although Penn State has played against several inferior opponents, they have found a way to consistently win in convincing fashion.
  • Penn State could potentially make its first top ten rankings appearance in school history.

What’s Next 

Penn State will face off against Arizona State at Pegula next weekend.

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Matt Castle

Matt is a junior Journalism major with a business minor from the great state of Massachusetts. He will be moving into a new apartment soon to make room for his fifth Lombardy trophy. His extremely unbiased top five athletes of all time include Tom Brady, Isaiah Thomas, Andrew Benintendi, David Pastrnak, and Diego Fagundez. If you really hate yourself, you can follow him @whitecastle22 or email him at [email protected]

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