In what was the best game of the DI season, #2 Penn State (4-1) worked overtime to get the better of #6 Penn (1-2). The Nittany Lions jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead courtesy of Jack Kelly (2g,1a) and Jack Traynor (4g) before Dylan Gerger (5g,1a) and Keyveat Postell (1g,1a) countered to make it 2-2 with just under five minutes played.
Sean Lulley (2g,6a) and Kaleb Fernandez (1g) put the Penn run to four but Penn State answered and went on a run of their own. Cole Willard (1g) started things with a pretty low-to-high shot from 10 yards out. Kelly got it deadlocked and Mac O’Keefe (4g,1a) ended the first with a 5-4 Penn State advantage. Traynor and Grant Ament (2g,2a) added tallies to push Penn State to a 7-4 edge. Gerger and the 100th Collegiate goal from Adam Goldner (1g) closed the gap to 7-6 before Ament closed the score fest that was the first half with an 8-6 Lions lead.
It would be more of the same in the second half with a total of twenty goals being posted with 13 in the fourth. Gerger made it a one-goal game but O’Keefe hit Dylan Foulds (2g) who converted off a pretty tic tax toe set up that pushed the Penn State lead back to two goals.
It was time for another run and the Quakers did the honors fueled by Jack Schultz (3g), the first career goal from Kyle Thornton (1g), another from Schultz and with 3:23 teaming in the third, it was now a 10-9 game in favor of the home team, Penn. Traynor knotted it up but Lulley countered with just seven seconds remaining and the third came to its conclusion with Penn holding on, 11-10.
Just 1:24 into the final stanza, long pole, Nick Cardile (1g) once again, knotted it up. A pair from TJ Malone (2g) pushed Penn State to a 13-11 edge and with 11:22 remaining, you had to know that more goals were approaching. Gerger and Drew Robshaw (2g) a little over two minutes apart out the game in a familiar spot, tied up. O’Keefe and Dylan Foulds put the Lions up 15-13 with 6:49 remaining.
James Shipley (1g,1a) and O’Keefe exchanged markers before Robshaw made it a one-goal game. Traynor seemed to put the final nail in the coffin with his fourth with 2:20 left. Traynor then removed the nail when he was given a non-releasable spearing penalty. Penn had life and Lulley hit Schultz for the man-up goal that got the crowd in a frenzy. Lulley went right back to work and sent a pretty pass that Gerger buried to tie it up with just :16 to play.
Overtime was upon the warriors and Penn looked to have it won but netminder, Colby Kneese made a stop and Penn proceeded to turn the ball over and sniper, O’Keefe ended the action and gave Penn State the win.
Dis and Dat:
- Adam Goldner continues his point streak and is now at 28 consecutive games.
- Penn FoGo, Kyle Gallagher was outstanding with 14 loose balls and a career-high 16 face-off wins. (16/39).
- Sean Lulley had his best day with the 8 points and his 6 assists were also a personal best.