Hockey Recap: Penn State Sweeps Arizona State with a Pair of Overtime Winners

By Michael Green on December 13, 2020 at 6:20 pm
Penn State Men's Hockey grabbed its first sweep of the year by defeating Arizona State with a pair of overtime wins in Happy Valley.
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Game One – Penn State 3, Arizona 2 (OT)

Game One Box Score
  1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
Arizona State 0 1 1 0 2
Penn State 2 0 0 1 3

Early in this contest, Penn State seemed like the Penn State we all know and love – the high scoring, attacking team that was coming off a 9-5 victory over Michigan. Then, they seemed to forget everything they had learned recently and Arizona State jumped right back into the game.

Alex Limoges opened the scoring with his third goal of the season off a great feed from Tim Doherty at 8:28 of the first period. 

Doherty followed that up with his third of the season at 18:22 of the first. Limoges returned the favor with the primary assist.

Game One Scoring Summary
Team Scoring Time (Pd.)
PSU Alex Limoges (3) - PP
Doherty, MacEachern
8:28 (1)
PSU Tim Doherty (3)
18:22 (1)
ASU Willie Knierim (3)
Marrocco, Semik
13:28 (2)
ASU Sean Dhooghe (1)
3:08 (3)
PSU Connor MacEachern (1)
3:57 (OT)

The Nittany Lions seemed to fall asleep through much of the second period, though. The Sun Devils dominated play throughout. Willie Knierim cut the lead in half with a goal at 13:28. Jordan Sandhu appeared to tie the game, but the play was ruled offside following a Penn State challenge.

Sean Dhooghe did end up getting the equalizer for the Sun Devils just 3:08 into the third period. Penn State finally seemed to wake up and took control of most of the action, but couldn't get the winner past ASU goalie Evan DeBrouwer. Fortunately, Oskar Autio, who stopped 32 of 34 shots to get the win, was just as strong in the Penn State goal and the game remained tied at the end of regulation.

Three-on-three overtime is one of the most exciting parts of hockey and Friday night was no different. The action was end to end from the drop of the puck. Eventually, though, Penn State managed to keep a Sun Devil line on the ice for much longer than it was supposed to be. Finally, they were able to catch them in the middle of a change and created a 3-on-1 with just a minute to go. Connor MacEachern skated down the left side and fired a shot over DeBrouwer's right shoulder to win the game for the Nittany Lions.

Game Two – Penn State 5, Arizona 4 (OT)

Game Two Box Score
  1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
Arizona State 4 0 0 0 4
Penn State 2 2 0 1 5

If you had just tuned in at the start of overtime, you might have thought you were watching a replay of Friday night. Some kid named Connor skated down the left side a fired a shot past DeBrouwer to give Penn State the win.

But this time it was Connor McMenamin with the heroics.

Game Two Scoring Summary
Team Scoring Time (Pd.)
ASU Jax Murray (5)
3:05 (1)
ASU Benji Eckerle (2)
Knierim, Murray
3:29 (1)
ASU James Sanchez (2)
4:14 (1)
PSU Christian Sarlo (2)
Sternschein, MacEachern
5:20 (1)
ASU Willie Knierim (4) - PP
Judson, Hickey
14:05 (1)
PSU Alex Limoges (4)
17:27 (1)
PSU Aarne Talvitie (3)
Wall, Stevens
0:11 (2)
PSU Alex Limoges (5) - PP
Doherty, MacEachern
4:21 (2)
PSU Connor McMenamin (2)
1:28 (OT)

Early in the game, it looked it wasn't going to be Penn State's day. Jax Murray got the Sun Devils on the board at 3:05 of the first. Benji Eckerle made it 2-0 just 24 seconds later. And James Sanchez only took another 45 seconds to make it 3-0 just 4:14 into the game.

Christian Sarlo got Penn State on the board at 5:20 to get Penn State back into the contest. Knierim extended the ASU lead back to three with a power-play goal at 14:05. Limoges kept the Lions within striking distance with his fourth of the season before the end of the first period.

Aarne Talvitie pulled Penn State within a goal just 11 seconds into the second period. Limoges tied things up at 4:21 of the period.

Despite end-to-end action for the last 35 minutes of regulation, both goaltenders stood tall and regulation ended tied 4-4. Connor McMenamin's overtime goal, fittingly, was assisted by Liam Soulière, who after a slow start ended up stopping 32 of 36 shots – including 27 over the last two periods and overtime. It would prove to be the freshman's first collegiate win.

Penn State heads to the break on a three-game winning streak and a 3-5 record. The remainder of the schedule has not been announced. We will provide updates as they are released. In the meantime, keep checking back to Roar Lions Roar for more Penn State hockey news.

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