The Nittany Lion men's hockey team overcame a slow start at home on Saturday evening to grab a 5-3 victory over Michigan State to sweep the weekend series at Pegula Ice Arena. The victory helped PSU sweep the Spartans in the two-game weekend series, advancing the teams' season record to 16-2-1 and 5-1-0 in Big Ten play.
The No. 4 Lions put together an impressive four goal third period which included back-to-back scores in just nine seconds to grab the commanding 5-2 lead with just over two minutes remaining in the game. This was the fastest set of back-to-back goals in Penn State history, beating the the 11 seconds had between scores in the first period against Arizona State earlier this season.
Chase Berger opened up the scoring in the second period and found the net again in the third. Ricky DeRosa, Dylan Richard and Denis Smirnov all added scores in the third period to help PSU grab the victory. Goalie Peyton Jones improved to 14-1-1 on the year after collecting 25 saves in the contest.
Penn State outshot the Spartans 51 to 28 in the game. Overall in the double header the Nittany Lions outscored Michigan State 10-5, handing MSU its ninth straight loss as they fell to 4-15-1 overall and 0-6-0 in Big Ten play.
The Lions stay at home for their next contest against the No. 10 Buckeyes come for a pair of contests on Friday and Saturday at 7 pm in Pegula.