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Tyler Paquette Tallies Two Points As Penn State Men’s Hockey Defeats Army In 5-3 Win

Penn State men’s hockey (12-8-0) took down Army (7-8-2) 5-3 in West Point Saturday evening after having its two-game series with Maine canceled.

Tyler Paquette tallied the game-winning goal and an assist, and newly-signed forward Dylan Lugris scored a goal in his Penn State debut to propel the Nittany Lions to victory.

How It Happened

Guy Gadowsky shook things up with his starting lineup, putting Lugris in with the starters. Oskar Autio got the start in goal with Liam Souliere serving as the backup.

Things went Penn State’s way at puck drop almost immediately, as Army was called for a hooking penalty at 1:27 of the first period. Even though the Nittany Lions didn’t score on the man advantage, Adam Pilewicz buried his first goal of the season just after the power play expired at 3:33 of the first period, giving Penn State a 1-0 lead.

Just over two minutes later, Tyler Gratton kept the goals coming, scoring at 5:48 of the period to give Penn State a 2-0 lead. The goal was assisted by Christian Sarlo and Chase McLane.

Connor McMenamin then had two grade-A chances to extend Penn State’s lead to 3-0, but he couldn’t burry a 2-on-0 and another breakaway opportunity.

The ice began to tilt toward Army’s direction for the first time in the game when McLane took a tripping penalty at 15:23 of the first period to give the Black Knights their first power play of the game. Penn State’s penalty kill couldn’t hang tough, though, as Army’s John Keranen scored at 16:34 of the first period, cutting the Nittany Lions lead to 2-1.

The Nittany Lions kept shooting themselves in the foot following the goal, as Kevin Wall took a two-minute penalty for interference to gift Army its second power play just eight seconds after its goal. On the penalty kill, McMenamin got another breakaway chance, but he was stuffed by Army goaltender Gavin Abric. Penn State eventually killed the penalty and ended the period leading 2-1.

Penn State came out of the first intermission hot and started skating circles around the Black Knights. At 3:43 of the second period, the new kid on the block made his presence felt in Hockey Valley, as Lugris scored the first goal of his college career to bring Penn State’s lead to 3-1. The assists came from Connor MacEachern and McMenamin. Tyler Paquette then decided to join the goal-scoring party, burying an unassisted goal at 5:52 to extend the lead to 4-1.

Kevin Wall kept piling it on the Black Knights as well, scoring at 10:54 of the second period, but Army’s Eric Butte quickly followed that up with a goal of his own at 12:37 of the second period to make it a 5-2 hockey game in favor of Penn State. The second period ended with Penn State leading 5-2 and 30-21 in shots on goal.

Carson Dyck kicked off the third period with a delay of game penalty at 1:55, but the Nittany Lions killed it off. Five minutes later, Penn State was rewarded with a power play, as Army took an elbowing penalty, but weren’t able to score on the attempt. The Nittany Lions got another power play chance at 13:20 of the third period but couldn’t score on that one, either.

Army was able to get back on the board when Joey Baez beat Autio at 16:25 of the third period to cut Penn State’s lead to 5-3, and the Black Knights kept the pressure up following the goal. Luckily for the Nittany Lions, Paul DeNaples blocked over two shots in the ensuing chaos to keep Army from scoring. The Nittany Lions were able to keep the Black Knights quiet for the remaining minutes of the third period to secure its first win of 2022.

Takeaways

  • Penn State got off to one of its fastest starts this season, but unlike other recent games, the team was able to keep the fast pace going throughout the entire game. It seemed like Army was only in the game for two minutes in the first period and third periods, but the Black Knights couldn’t keep up with the Nittany Lions in the other 56 minutes of the game.
  • What a college hockey debut for Dylan Lugris, huh? The Buffalo native not only contributed on the scoresheet but was all over the ice throughout the entire game. Playing as the extra skater, he seemed to complement the team very well and certainly has a bright future in Hockey Valley.
  • After being carried by its top forwards on the scoresheet last season, Penn State’s depth of scoring has improved drastically this season, as players from all over the lineup are scoring goals. Pilewicz scored his first goal of the season tonight, while Gratton and Paquette also scored a pair of goals. This trend will be key to the Nittany Lions’ success this season.

What’s Next

Penn State will head back to Happy Valley to host Notre Dame Friday, January 7 in its first home series of the new year. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m., and the game can be streamed on BTN+.

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Frankie Marzano

Frankie is a junior accounting and economics major from Long Island, NY. You can probably recognize him as the typical Italian-American with slicked back black hair. He is an avid fan of the Rangers, Mets, Jets, and every Penn State Athletics team. Follow him on Twitter @frankiemarzano for obnoxious amounts of Penn State and Rangers content or email him at [email protected]

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