College Hockey: Novak saves Union
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. For the fifth time this season, Union failed to hold on to a lead.
Fortunately, for the Dutchmen, they found a way to get the victory.
After seeing Penn State rally from a 3-0 deficit to tie the score, Max Novak’s goal with 6:50 left in the third period gave the 15th-ranked Dutchmen a 4-3 win Saturday at Pegula Ice Arena.
The Dutchmen (7-3-2), who were playing their first game in two weeks following the first trimester final exam break, extended their winning streak to four games. However, senior forward Daniel Carr didn’t make the trip because of an undisclosed injury. It’s the first time Carr has missed a contest in his 132-game Dutchmen career.
Dutchmen coach Rick Bennett said Carr has a middle-body injury and that he was day-to-day.
Bennett didn’t find a correlation between Saturday’s game and the previous contests in which the Dutchmen failed to hold on to leads.
“Coming after break, sometimes you’re not fully engaged,” Bennett said.
The Dutchmen seemed to be in full control against the Nittany Lions (3-6-1). Senior left winger Kevin Sullivan scored his first goal of the season just past the midway point of the first period. Freshman defenseman and Clifton Park native Jeff Taylor scored his second goal of the year 1:18 into the second. Junior left winger Daniel Ciampini got his sixth goal of the season, a power-play tally, with 4:07 left in the second.
But an Eric Scheid power-play goal with 23 seconds remaining ignited the Penn State comeback. Former Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute defenseman Pat Koudys scored his first Penn State goal at 7:13 of the third period. Just over three minutes later, Kenny Brooks tied it, sending the sellout crowd of 5,877 into a frenzy.
“I think we just got away from our game a little,” Novak said. “We thought, maybe, the game was over and we had it in the bag. They’re a hard-working team. They almost made us pay for it.”
Novak made sure that the Dutchmen wouldn’t suffer a bad fate. The junior center took a pass from Ciampini and beat goalie Matthew Skoff.
“It started back in our D-zone. [Defenseman Noah] Henry made a great play and gave me the puck in the middle of the ice,” Novak said. “I was able to give it to [freshman forward Alex] Gonye, and he shifted it to Ciampini. ‘Champer’ went to work down low. He outworked both of their defenseman and gave me a good pass. I was just able to one-time it past the glove.”
The two teams meet again tonight at 7.
Union 1 2 1 — 4
Penn State 0 1 2 — 3
First Period — 1, Union, Sullivan 1 (Wilkins, Lichtenwald), 11:11. Penalties — Vasaturo, Uni (boarding), 1:52; Holstrom, PS (interference), 3:39; Yanis, PS (holding), 8:08; Goodwin, PS (cross-checking), 17:51.
Second Period — 2, Union, Taylor 2 (Pontarelli, Hatch), 1:18. 3, Union, Ciampini 6 (Gostisbehere), 15:53 (pp). 4, Penn State, Scheid 5, 19:37 (pp). Penalties — Ciampini, Uni (slashing), 9:08; Glen, PS (roughing), 9:08; Friedman, PS (tripping), 15:01; Hatch, Uni (tripping), 19:07.
Third Period — 5, Penn State, Koudys 1 (Scheid, Friedman), 7:13. 6, Penn State, Brooks 1 (Holstrom, Richard), 10:21. 7, Union, Novak 2 (Ciampini, Gonye), 13:10. Penalties — Bodie, Uni (roughing), :38; Saar, PS (ob.-hooking), 1:16.
Shots on Goal — Union 10-16-8 — 34. Penn State 6-13-13 — 32.
Power-play opportunities — Union 1 of 5; Penn State 1 of 3.
Goalies — Union, Stevens 6-1-0 (32 shots-29 saves). Penn State, Skoff 3-3-1 (34-30).
A — 5,877. T — 2:16.
Referees — Marco Hunt, Todd Anderson. Linesmen — Zach Roberts, Ray King.
rpi 2, st. cloud state 1
ST. CLOUD, Minn. — A day after making 44 saves in a 4-1 win, goalie Kelly O’Brien stopped 31 shots to help the Engineers to another victory over the Huskies.
Jordan Smelker and Madison Marzario scored first-period power-play goals for RPI (6-8-1).
RPI 2 0 0 — 2
St. Cloud State 0 0 1 — 1
First Period — 1, RPI, Smelker 2 (Schilter, Huhtamaki), 6:21 (pp). 2, RPI, Marzario 2 (Huhtamaki, Mankey), 10:18 (pp). Penalties — Brodt, StC (hooking), 5:19; Brodt, StC (tripping), 8:25; Behounek, RPI (holding), 11:00; Hespenheide, StC (checking), 16:32; Godin, RPI (interference), 17:29; Marzario, RPI (holding), 18:05.
Second Period — None. Penalties — Gruschow, RPI (elbowing), 1:50; Mott, StC (slashing), 7:52.
Third Period — 3, St. Cloud State, Mott 5 (Gilbert, Coen), 4:54 (sh). Penalties — Olson, StC (checking), 3:21; Coen, StC (hooking), 6:39; Mankey, RPI (interference), 12:35.
Shots on Goal — RPI 6-6-8 — 20. St. Cloud State 8-13-11 — 32.
Power-play opportunities — RPI 2 of 6; St. Cloud State 0 of 5.
Goalies — RPI, O’Brien 6-7-1 (32 shots-31 saves). St. Cloud State, Fitzgerald 1-4-1 (20-18).
A — 210. T — 2:00.
Referees — Mike Forys, Jenilyn Glenn. Linesmen — Scott Roth, Candy Kirchner.