[Photo Story] Penn State Men’s Hockey’s NCAA Regionals Appearance
After a shutout win over Michigan Tech and a heartbreaking overtime loss to Michigan, Penn State men’s hockey’s NCAA Tournament run is over. The weekend in Allentown was filled with celebrations, tears, and an abundance of hugs.
Here are some of our favorite shots from Penn State’s run in the NCAA Tournament.
Lehigh Valley felt just like Hockey Valley as Penn State fans showed up to support the team.
Tyler Paquette scored Penn State’s first goal at 2:12 in the first period during Friday night’s game against Michigan Tech, setting the tone for what turned out to be a blowout.
Penn State proceeded to score seven more goals, winning 8-0 that night to put it one game away from reaching the Frozen Four for the first time in program history.
After the win, the team celebrated with Liam Souliere, who posted his third career shutout.
Naturally, the kids in the crowd rushed to congratulate the team on the win.
Penn State fans returned on Sunday for what was arguably the biggest game in program history — the NCAA Tournament Regional Final.
With 1:02 left in the second period, Connor MacEachern scored the first goal of the game to turn PPL Center into Pegula Ice Arena east.
Things got dicey after Michigan tied the game 1-1 in the third period.
After an intermission between the third period and overtime, the boys were welcomed back onto the ice for some free hockey.
Less than one minute into overtime, Michigan scored to secure its spot in the Frozen Four. Penn State rallied around Souliere, who served as the Nittany Lions’ rock all night.
Brothers Tyler and Dylan Gratton embraced after what could’ve been their last game played together. Tyler, a senior, has to decide if he wants to use his extra year of eligibility granted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
What a season.
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