PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



No. 7 Penn State Blows The Doors Off No. 20 Michigan 6-1

No. 7 Penn State (12-1-1, 1-0-0 Big Ten) welcomed its bitter rival in No. 20 Michigan to Pegula Thursday night to open conference play.

Guy Gadowsky’s Nittany Lions got the best of Red Berenson’s Wolverines in a 6-1 blowout on ESPNU. Even John Buccigross was in the house to witness the total domination.

How It Happened

Sophomore forward Chase Berger nearly gave the nation’s top total offense an immediate spark, but his backhanded goal less than a minute into the contest was called off cause the Michigan net had already been knocked loose.

Then, with 12:04 left in the first period, classmate Andrew Sturtz tallied his team-high 11th goal of the season. There was absolute pandemonium in front of senior goaltender Zach Nagelvoort, but Sturtz navigated the fray and punched home a beauty to give Penn State a 1-0 lead. The referees went to the replay feed, but the Buffalo native’s effort was upheld — much to the delight of a White Out Roar Zone.

garethbrangan-2759Around the four-minute mark, Penn State unleashed a barrage of shots on Nagelvoort. Michigan’s Kevin Lohan, who is in fact related to Lindsay, clanked one off the post and out shortly after to preserve the Nittany Lions’ advantage — one they would hang on to heading into the first intermission.

Freshman netminder Peyton Jones started the second period with an immaculate stick save four minutes in, allowing forward Liam Folkes to score the second goal of his career moments later. With a 2-0 lead in the Nittany Lions’ back pocket, junior defenseman Trevor Hamilton lit up James Sanchez, prompting quite a roar from the Pegula faithful.

garethbrangan-2983Though the best two penalty killing units in college hockey took center stage Thursday, Penn State emerged with the upper hand thanks to a powerplay goal from Hamilton with 4:42 to play in the second frame. Coincidentally, Folkes’ tally came 4:42 into the period. Senior alternate captain Ricky DeRosa joined the fun three minutes later, making it 4-0 Penn State just before the break.

Sturtz broke the third-period scoring drought on his second goal of the game with 7:54 left, but Michigan’s Tony Calderone would deny Jones’ shutout bid :30 seconds later to cut the lead to 5-1. He finished with 29 saves in the victory. Junior defenseman Erik Autio netted his first goal of the season with exactly four minutes on the clock to close things out. In only their fifth season of Division I hockey, the Nittany Lions improved their unbeaten streak to 12 straight games (one tie).

Player Of The Game

Andrew Sturtz | Sophomore | Right winger

Despite missing the Alaska Anchorage series due to injury, Sturtz is on absolute tear this season. He now has 12 goals in 12 games.

What’s Next?

The Nittany Lions will be back in Pegula Friday at 7:00 p.m. against Michigan. They’ll have a chance to even the all-time series at 8-8 with another win after losing five in a row to the Wolverines last season.

About the Author

Ethan Kasales

Ethan’s a senior journalism major who grew up in Lemont, a few minutes from campus. When he’s not covering Penn State sports, you can usually find him golfing or teaching snowboarding at Tussey Mountain. Feel free to email him at [email protected]


More by Ethan

Nick Scott Evolving Into Seasoned Leader For Penn State

“He’s one of the best athletes on the team, and he and Trace are our best two leaders on the team,” Terry Smith said of safety Nick Scott.

Four-Star Offensive Tackle Anthony Whigan Commits To Penn State

ESPN Ranks Trace McSorley No. 9 Player In College Football


Incoming Penn State Track & Field Athlete Kristian Marche Shot To Death In Philadelphia

The incident surrounding Marche’s death is “under investigation,” according to the Philadelphia police department.

Former Women’s Gymnastics Coach Files Lawsuit Against Penn State Over Handling Of Abuse Allegations

Men’s Soccer Trio, Reading United Win PDL Eastern Conference Title, Fall Short Of National Championship

Penn State Hockey’s Evan Barratt, Aarne Talvitie Participate In World Junior Summer Showcase

Ally McHugh Wins 400 Medley National Championship

Student Life

Nike Releases New Penn State Sneakers

This year’s sneaker is available to purchase online for $109.99.

Penn State Parking Office Runs Into Student Permit Purchase Issues

Girirajan Lab Seeks To Bridge The Gap Between Fly And Human Genomes

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Onward State is hiring for the fall semester and we’d love to have you join us.

Fall Move-In Traffic & Construction Changes

When 40,000 students need to move back to State College over the course of four days or so, things are bound to get crazy.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Assessing Penn State’s Front Seven Following Tuesday’s Medical Retirements

Penn State’s defensive line rotation will be shaken up following Ryan Buchholz’s medical retirement from football, while the coaching staff is letting the linebackers duel it out during camp.

Send this to a friend