Penn State hockey loses battle in OT
From staff reports
LOWELL, Mass. – Senior Nate Sucese sent the game to overtime scoring on the power-play with just 23.3 seconds remaining in regulation, but seventh-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions dropped the contest to No. 15 UMass-Lowell, 3-2, in overtime on Saturday night during non-conference action from Tsongas Center as part of the inaugural Turkey Leg Classic.
Penn State falls to 11-4-0 on the year with the loss while the River Hawks improve to 9-3-4 with the victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED
UML opened the scoring late in the first period as Anthony Baxter laced a shot from the point through traffic and over the glove of PSU senior net-minder Peyton Jones for the 1-0 edge at 18:14 of the frame.
Penn State evened the score early in the second period during 4-on-4 action as junior Alex Limoges found classmate Evan Barratt on the welcome mat from behind the net at 3:27 of the stanza.
The River Hawks regained the lead just under two minutes later as Andre Lee got behind the defense and roofed the puck over Jones’ glove for the 2-1 advantage at 5:16 of the middle frame.
The Nittany Lions tied the contest onthe power-play with the goalie pulled late in the third period as Sucese redirected a point shot from junior Cole Hults that snuck past River Hawk goalie Tyler Wall for the 2-2 score with just 23.3 second remaining.
UMass-Lowell netted the golden goal midway through the extra session as Chase Blackmun blasted a shot from the slot during the power-play for the 3-2 final at 2:43 of the period.
Jones drops to 10-3-0 on the year with the setback after making 15 saves while Wall improves to 9-2-4 after stopping 34 shots in the victory.
Penn State held commanding 36-18 edge in shots on goal while going 1-for-6 on the power-play. UML went 1-for-4 with the man-advantage. Penn State has now scored at least one power-play goal in seven-straight games and eight-of-nine. Folkes extends his now career-best point-streak to seven games with a secondary assist on Barratt’s goal. Barratt and Limoges have now each extended their season-long point streaks to seven games while Barratt has a goal in three-straight games. The extra attacker goal for Penn State was its first since November 3, 2018 against Arizona State, also scored by Sucese.
Penn State remains on the road and returns to Big Ten action with a pair of games against Michigan at Yost Ice Arena next Friday and Saturday evening.
Friday’s contest will be broadcast nationally on FS1 at 8:30 p.m. with Saturday’s series finale scheduled for 7:30 p.m.