ROCHESTER, N.Y. Even playing a man down for more than four minutes to close the game, the Penn State ice hockey team held on for a major road win Saturday.
Max Gardiner and Casey Bailey each had a goal and an assist while goaltender PJ Musico made it stand up at the other end with a 3-2 win over Rochester Institute of Technology in front of 10,556 fans in a sold out Blue Cross Arena.
The Nittany Lions were outshot 42-22 by the Tigers — by far the lowest shot total for Penn State this season — and even held off a furious onslaught at the end. About a minute after RIT’s Jeff Smith scored with 5:10 to go, the Nittany Lions were whistled for a major penalty, giving the Tigers a man advantage for the rest of regulation. Musico turned away nine RIT shots over the final 4:13 to preserve the win.
Musico finished with 40 saves.
Ben Lynch had the other Tiger goal.
Curtis Loik scored Penn State’s first goal, with help from David Glen. Michael McDonagh also picked up an assist.
The Nittany Lions (2-2) head to Army next Friday night.
Penn State holds off Michigan
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Penn State built a two-set lead, then held off Michigan’s comeback attempt with a 25-19, 25-18, 21-25, 22-25, 15-10 victory Saturday night.
The No. 1 Nittany Lions (20-1, 10-0 Big Ten), who next visit Iowa on Wednesday, reached the 20-win plateau in a season for the 36th time in program history.
Penn State got 18 kills from Ariel Scott, 16 kills and a career-high 29 digs from Deja McClendon, 13 kills and eight blocks from Megan Courtney, 53 assists from Micha Hancock, 22 digs from Dominique Gonzalez, a personal-best 12 blocks from Katie Slay and six stuffs for Nia Grant. Penn State held a 65-64 edge in kills, a 21-8 margin in blocks and hit .232 to the Wolverines’ .152.
PSU finds success at tourney
BLACKSBURG, Va. Petra Januskova and Chelsea Utting earned wins in both singles and doubles at the ITA Atlantic Regionals at Virginia Tech.
The pair began the day dropping Temple’s Alicia Doms and Jordan Batey 8-0.
Januskova defeated Georgetown’s Madeline Jaeger 6-1, 6-1 while Utting beat Virginia Tech’s Emily Lauten 6-1, 6-2.
Also, Carmen Sandor controlled Kara Kucin of Marshall 6-1, 6-1 for her 50th career win, and Jacqueline Zuhse topped Ikttesh Chahal of West Virginia, 7-6(4), 6-1. Katherine Whiteaway defeated Olga Tertaec of Virginia Commonwealth, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 and Devan McCluskey dropped Old Dominion’s Diana Ivanova 6-3, 6-1. McCluskey and Whiteaway came up short against Marshall’s Karlyn Timko and Dana Oppinger in doubles 8-4.
Lions sweep in finale
UNIVERSITY PARK Penn State closed its Fall Invitational with a 25-18, 25-22, 25-16 sweep of Russia State on Saturday afternoon at Rec Hall.
The Nittany Lions were led by Aaron Russell’s 12 kills, Tom Comfort’s 10 kills, Taylor Hammond’s 40 assists and Connor Curry’s nine digs as the team hit .347 with a 43-18 advantage in kills and held the visitors from Russia to .062 hitting.
Penn State will open its season in January at the Outrigger Invitational in Honolulu.