Men’s hockey picks up first NCAA Division I win
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Freshman David Glen (Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. ) scored the game-winning goal just 38 seconds into overtime to lift the Penn State men’s hockey team to a 4-3 overtime victory against American International College at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza Saturday (Oct. 13) evening. The Nittany Lions improved to 1-1-0 with their first NCAA Division I win.
Freshman Curtis Loik (North Vancouver, B.C.) chipped the puck past an AIC defenseman before sending a pass to classmate Kenny Brooks (Las Vegas, Nev.) along the right-wing boards. Brooks then slid the puck to Glen in the slot, where he rifled a shot past AIC netminder Ben Meisner for the winning tally.
Glen notched a two-goal game, while both freshman defenseman Mark Yanis (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.) and freshman forward Jonathan Milley (Gatineau, Que.) tallied their first collegiate goals. Sophomore goaltender PJ Musico (Orange, Calif.) recorded 32 saves in the win.
Penn State took a 1-0 first-period advantage and 3-1 third-period lead before AIC tied the game with 4:38 left to play. The Nittany Lions outshot AIC by a 44-35 margin. Penn State was 1-for-5 on the power play, while the Yellow Jackets were 1-for-4 with the man advantage.
With 3:49 left in the first period, Glen tallied his first of the game to give the Nittany Lions a 1-0 lead. Lining up for the faceoff to the left of Meisner, the forward pushed the puck to himself, took a stride and sent a laser high over Mesiner’s glove.
AIC evened the game at 1-1 with Chris Porter’s marker at 5:44 of the second period. During a goalmouth scramble, Porter pushed the puck past Musico for the power-play goal.
Yanis recorded his first goal at 16:26 of the frame to give Penn State a 2-1 advantage. The blueliner skated into the offensive zone and unleashed a shot from the high slot that found the back of the net.
With 15:53 left in the third period, Milley tallied the first power-play goal in Penn State history. AIC attempted to clear the puck out of its zone, but the puck bounced off Max Gardiner’s (Deephaven, Minn.) shin guards. The sophomore collected the puck and sent it over to Milley, who fired it past Meisner.
AIC scored twice later in the third period to tie the game, 3-3. Nathan Sliwinski scored at 7:54 of the frame and Adam Pleskach tallied with 4:38 left in regulation.
In the overtime period, Glen provided the heroics during the frame’s first minute to account for the 4-3 final.
Penn State will return to action Friday (Oct. 19) when it travels to Buffalo State. Opening faceoff is set at 7 p.m.