For the second time in as many nights, Penn State faced a roadblock to winning, it being giving up too many goals.
The Lions clinched victory from the jaws of defeat Friday night at Pegula Ice Arena by overcoming a three goal deficit to win 5-4 against visiting Northern Michigan.
In front of a soldout crowd Saturday, Penn State fell behind by three after the first period but rallied back for a 5-5 tie against the Wildcats.
”I feel good about this game,” head coach Guy Gadowsky said.
P.J. Musico came in to relieve the starting goaltender, in this case Eamon McAdam in the second period, for the second consecutive night. After winning Friday, he made 19 saves on 21 shots.
"You're thrown into the fire like that, and Coach expects all three of us to perform," Musico said. "It was fun."
Better goaltending was needed, but so was more scoring. So the Lions fired a season-high 64 shots on net, scoring three times in the second period (Eric Scheid twice, Ricky DeRosa once) and twice in the third to stave off defeat. After forward Tommy Olczyk tied the game at 5-5 3:09 into the third, Penn State again surrendered the lead when Darren Nowick beat Musico with 15 seconds remaining on a Casey Bailey slashing minor midway through the third period.
But the Lions fought back one final time, as Dylan Richard scored his fifth goal of the year on a scramble in front of the net to earn the tie. Penn State outshot the visitors 64-29, but went 0-for-6 on the power play. Northern Michigan was 1-for-5 with the extra man.
”It’s not all together gloomy because I think they know they played very, very well," Gadowsky said. "I do think there were a couple of fluky goals but that’s just what you have to deal with.
"I thought we had a lot of good scoring chances that didn’t go in. There’s a lot of really good things to be positive about. They know they played well."