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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A three-point night by junior alternate captain Chase Berger (St. Louis, Mo.) wasn't enough as No. 17 Penn State dropped a, 5-3, contest against No. 2 Notre Dame in Big Ten Conference action this evening in front of a raucous crowd at Pegula Ice Arena.
The loss drops the Nittany Lions to 13-12-4 on the year and 6-9-4-2 in the Big Ten while the Irish improve to 21-5-1 overall and 15-2-0-0 in conference action.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Penn State opened the scoring in the first period as junior Alec Marsh (Bridgewater, N.J.) fired a shot from the right circle off a clean face-off win by classmate Andrew Sturtz (Buffalo, N.Y.) and the puck found its way past the glove of Irish goaltender Cale Morris for the 1-0 edge.
- The Nittany Lions nearly extended their lead just over a minute later as sophomore Brandon Biro (Sherwood Park, Alb.) punched in a rebound, but the goal was reviewed and called off due to the puck being played with a hand before it reached Biro's stick.
- PSU eventually extended the lead to a pair near the end of the first period as Berger fired an absolute laser over the glove of Morris from the right circle off another clean face-off win by Sturtz for the 2-0 lead at 17:18.
- Andrew Oglevie cut the Irish deficit in half as he ripped home a one timer off a nice cross-ice feed from Dennis Gilbert for the 2-1 score at 4:00 of the second period.
- Then just 2:48 later Notre Dame took advantage of the power-play to tie the contest as Andrew Peeke sent one through traffic from the right point that trickled past Penn State net-minder Peyton Jones (Langhorne, Pa.) for the 2-2 score at 6:48 of the middle frame.
- Penn State came right back as it was Berger again notching his second of the night as he redirected a shot from senior Trevor Hamilton (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.) up and over the left shoulder of Morris for the 3-2 lead at 9:01.
- The Irish answered again during an odd-man rush, Joe Wegwerth fed Bo Brauer and he hit a yawning net as Jones was out of the crease for the 3-3 tie at 17:13 of the second period.
- Brauer then gave the Irish their first lead of the game as he finished off a great feed from behind the net by Bobby Nardella for the 4-3 lead at 4:21 of the third period.
- Dawson Cook extended the Notre Dame lead to 5-3 as his shot from the left dot trickled through Jones at 11:58 of the third period.
Jones falls to 12-10-3 on the year after making 32 saves while Morris improves to 20-3-0 after an eye-popping 48 save performance.
- Penn State fired 50-plus shots on net for the fourth time this season as they held the 51-37 advantage in shots, but went 0-for-2 with the man-advantage while Notre Dame capitalized on its lone power-play going 1-for-1.
- Sturtz secured his team-leading 11th multi-point game of the season and the 29th of his career. With his three assists Sturtz moves past Dylan Richard '17 for third on the Penn State all-time assists list with 47. His 23 assists this year also tie Berger for the fifth most in a single-season.
- Sturtz's 34 points and 23 assists are both good for second in the Big Ten and tied for ninth and sixth in the nation, respectively.
- Berger secures his sixth career two-goal game and the 15th multi-point game of his career, his fourth this season.
- Trevor Hamilton snaps a five-game pointless streak as he notched an assist on Berger's second goal giving him 19 on the season to lead all Big Ten defensemen.
- Tonight's crowd of 6,229 was the second largest ever at Pegula Ice Arena, only trailing the 6,370 from opening night against Army in 2013.
The two teams turn right back around tomorrow afternoon and close out the regular season series with a 4 p.m. puck drop. The game will be available for streaming on BTN2Go through BTN-Plus.