Penn State Downs Saints in First Trip to Appleton

Penn State Downs Saints in First Trip to Appleton

The first-ever meeting between the St. Lawrence men's hockey team and the Penn State Nittany Lions at Appleton Arena went to the visitors, as Penn State scored three straight and then tacked on an empty-net goal en route to a 4-1 win.

Alex Gilmour scored again for the Saints, his second in as many games, and Arthur Brey made 31 saves between the pipes but the nationally-ranked No. 10/11 Nittany Lions controlled the play for much of the first two periods.

Both teams spent a significant portion of the game on special teams, as they combined for 34 penalty minutes and 11 power play opportunities.

Midway through the first period, Kris Myllari gave the Niitany Lions the lead for good with a wrister from the slot the beat Brey high on the glove side.

Penn State scored two more in the second period to push the lead to 3-0 heading in the final frame. Denis Smirnov notched the second on a breakaway after a clear from the deep in the Penn State defensive zone. And at the 14:15 mark, Liam Folkes scored the third off a rebound after two tremendous saves by Brey.

In the third, the Saints finally broke through against goaltender Peyton Jones, when Gilmour redirected a shot by Ben Finkelstein high over Jones' shoulder for the lone goal at the 12:45 mark. Carson Gicewicz also assisted on the play.12990

Penn State challenged that the play was offside, but the goal stood to cut the deficit to 3-1.

The Saints continued to keep the pressure on, but the Nittany Lions weathered the storm and Jones came up big down the stretch. He finished with 30 saves in the win.

With time winding down in the third, after the Saints pulled Brey for the man-advantage, Nate Sucese tallied the empty netter to push to the eventual 4-1 margin.

The Saints fall to 0-2 on the season with the loss, while Penn State improves to 1-1.

St. Lawrence will travel to North Dakota next weekend for a pair of games against the Fighting Hawks.