Lions Blank Army, 5-0, for First NCAA Shutout
Oct. 26, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Freshman forward Casey Bailey (Anchorage, Alaska) recorded a career-high three points (1g, 2a) and sophomore goaltender PJ Musico (Orange, Calif.) stopped all 34 shots as the Penn State men's hockey team blanked Army, 5-0, for the program's first shutout at Tate Rink Friday evening. The Nittany Lions, who defeated the Black Knights (1-3-1) for the first time in a series that dates back to the 1940s, improved to 3-2-0 with their second straight win.
Sophomore defenseman Peter Sweetland (Newtown, Pa.), who added an assist, and freshmen forwards Kenny Brooks (Las Vegas, Nev.), David Glen (Fort Saskatchewan, Atla.) and Jonathan Milley (Gatineau, Que.) also tallied for the Nittany Lions.
Brooks gave Penn State a 1-0 first-period lead before the Nittany Lions exploded with three second-period tallies. Milley recorded his second power-play goal of the season before Sweetland scored in his first game of the 2012-13 campaign. Just 1:12 later, Bailey added his third of the season and, in the final frame, Glen capped off the scoring to account for the 5-0 final.
The Nittany Lions outshot Army by a 45-34 margin and were 1-for-5 with the man advantage. Army was 0-for-5 on the power play. Black Knights netminder Rob Tadazak surrendered five goals on 18 shots before Ryan Leets, who corralled 22 attempts, relieved him.
In a fast-paced first period, Brooks broke the scoreless tie with 10:45 left in the frame. Following a neutral zone transition, Glen found classmate Curtis Loik (North Vancouver, B.C.) entering the offensive zone. Loik took the puck wide and passed to Brooks near the slot, where he fired a shot to the right of Tadazak.
Penn State notched three goals in the second period to take a 4-0 lead. Milley doubled the Nittany Lion advantage with a power-play marker at 2:36. Bailey passed to Milley in the slot, where the Gatineau, Que., native's first attempt was blocked before he floated the rebound over Tadazak for the goal.
With 7:16 left in the stanza, Sweetland tallied his first goal of the season. The defenseman received a pass from Bailey at the blue line and sent a shot toward the cage that deflected off an Army defenseman and into the back of the net.
Bailey gave Penn State a 4-0 lead just 1:12 later. Junior defenseman Nate Jensen (Shorewood, Minn.) carried the puck down the right-wing boards and sent a backhanded, backdoor pass to Bailey for his third marker of the season.
In the third period, Glen tallied with 15:53 remaining. Sweetland made an outlet pass through the neutral zone to Glen, who carried the puck into the offensive zone before firing a shot low for his third marker of the season.
Penn State will return to action Saturday, Oct. 27 with matchup against Sacred Heart (0-3-1). Game time at Milford Ice Pavilion in Milford, Conn., is set at 7:05 p.m.