Men's Hockey Tops Army, 4-1, in Pegula Ice Arena Opener
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Freshman David Goodwin (Des Peres, Mo.) notched two points and defenseman Nate Jensen (Shorewood, Minn.) rifled the facility's first goal as the Penn State men's hockey team opened Pegula Ice Arena in style with a 4-1 victory against Army Friday night. The Nittany Lions, who opened the 2013-14 campaign at 1-0-0, played in front of a standing-room only crowd of 6,370.
Just 3:02 into the first period, Pegula Ice Arena erupted as Jensen's slap shot broke through a screen and slipped past Army goaltender Rob Tadazak. After a scoreless second period, Goodwin recorded his first point as a Nittany Lion on sophomore Curtis Loik's (North Vancouver, B.C.) shorthanded tally.
After Goodwin extended the lead to 3-0, Army's Mac Lalor capitalized on a five-on-three power play to end the shutout bid. With 25 seconds remaining, redshirt sophomore Eric Scheid (Blaine, Minn.) scored in his first game in Blue and White to account for the 4-1 final. Sophomore netminder Matthew Skoff (McKees Rocks, Pa.) stood tall all game, stopping 25 shots, while Tadazak made 31 saves.
In a game marred with penalties, Army went 1-for-10 on power play, while Penn State was 0-for-3 with the man advantage. Penn State out shot the Black Knights by a 35-26 margin.
Jensen, who assisted on Penn State's first goal at the NCAA Division I level last season, scored the game's lone first-period goal as the Nittany Lions skated to a 1-0 lead. Classmate Taylor Holstrom (Yorba Linda, Calif.) moved the puck up the boards to Jensen at the left point, where he rifled a shot into the net.
In the second period, the Nittany Lions gave Army four power-play opportunities, but Skoff, who made 12 saves in the frame, and the Penn State defense kept the Black Knights at bay.
With a one-goal lead heading into the final stanza, the Nittany Lions exploded with three goals. While shorthanded, Goodwin moved the puck to Loik, who skated down the left-wing boards before wristing a laser low to the glove side.
At 12:27 of the period, Goodwin made it a 3-0 game. After freshman Zach Saar (Richland, Mich.) blocked a shot, Goodwin skated down the ice on a breakaway before sending the puck past Tadazak.
Lalor put Army on the board with a power-play marker with 4:21 remaining, but Scheid iced the game with an empty-net tally with just 25 seconds on the clock. Sophomore David Glen (Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.) tallied an assist on the play.
Penn State will return to action next weekend when it travels to Colorado Springs, Colo., for a two-game series at Air Force Oct. 18-19.