Sarlo Sinks Irish in Comeback Victory, Men’s Hockey Earns Series Split
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History UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Junior Christian Sarlo (Lynbrook, NY) scored the deciding goal late in the third period as No. 6 Penn State beat Notre Dame 3-2 on Saturday night in Pegula as part of the Big Ten Conference ice arena.
The Nittany Lions are improving to 18-7-1 overall and 8-7-1-0-2-0 in Big Ten play, while the Irish are up to 11-12-3 on the year and 6-8-2-1- 0 fall back -1 in conference action.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Irish opened the scoring with a power play result when Trevor Janicke ripped a one-off shortside past the blocker of Nittany Lions junior keeper Liam Souliere (Brampton, Ontario) after 5:28 of the first period for a 1-0 lead. Penn State leveled the score early in the middle picture when sophomore Simon Mack (Brockville, Ontario) caught a great feed from Junior Chase McLane (Trenton, Michigan) during an odd rush to make it 1-1 at 3 finished: 12 marks. Notre Dame took the lead back seconds after a power play opportunity expired when Chayse Primeau was left alone in front and redirected a Justin Janicke pass past Souliere for a 2-1 advantage at 6:42 of the second period. The Nittany Lions leveled the score at the second break when two seniors equalized with Connor McMenamin (Collegeville, Pennsylvania) who met Connor MacEachern (Brooklin, Ontario) who laced a shot from the right over Ryan Bischel’s blocker Faceoff point for the 2-2 result at 18:10 of the middle frame. The game remained a tie late into the third half before junior Xander Lamppa (Rochester, Minnesota) returned the puck with a touch to Sarlo behind the net and wrapped one around the far post, which slid through Bischel’s five-hole and trickled over at 14:33 the goal line for a 3:2 lead. GOAL CLOSURE
Souliere improves to 16-6-1 over the year after saving 27 of 29 shots in the win, while Bischel falls to 11-12-2 after 42 saves.
The 6,566 fans who packed Pegula on Saturday night set a new attendance record, surpassing the 6,558 fans who attended Friday night’s game. Penn State had a 45-31 lead on shots but missed two man-advantage chances while Notre Dame went 4-1 on the power play. With Notre Dame scoring the first, it was only the seventh time in 26 games this season, including all four against the Irish, that Penn State failed to score. The Nittany Lions are now 4-4-0 in games like this. The win marks the second straight win for Penn State in a Wear White game as the Nittany Lions improve on their all-time record in such games to 3-5-1. Saturday’s win also marks the first for Penn State in Big Ten action, latching onto a six-game winning streak and moving up to 1-5-1 in conference games played Saturday. Penn State is improving this season to 7-4-1 in games decided by a goal or less. NEXT UP
Penn State is headed for the next four games, with a stop in Ann Arbor to battle the No. 8 Michigan Wolverines next weekend.
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