The Penn State men’s hockey team did just about everything right statistically, but is still looking for its first Big Ten win.
The Nittany Lions just couldn’t get the puck past Michigan State goalie Jake Hildebrand.
The sophomore goalie stopped all 48 shots he faced for his fourth career shutout in a 3-0 Spartans victory Friday night at Munn Ice Arena.
Dean Chelios, Greg Wolfe and Lee Reimer all found the net for the Spartans (6-10-3, 0-2-2-2).
The teams will meet again at 6:40 p.m. Saturday.
Matthew Skoff turned aside 26 of the 29 shots he faced for Penn State (4-13-1, 0-5), which has lost 10 of its last 11 and was facing just its second unranked opponent since early November.
For the second straight game — following a 36-25 margin against No. 1 Minnesota on Monday — the Nittany Lions held a sizable advantage in shots on goal with a 48-29 edge Friday. Penn State did have one first for the program, with no penalties called against a Nittany Lion all night.
Still, they could not put the puck past Hildebrand, who had a number of big saves, highlighted by kicking aside a Jonathan Milley attempt with his right skate on a breakaway midway through the second period.
Hildebrand, a native of Butler, won a battle of western Pennsylvania products. Skoff is a product of McKees Rocks.
A rebound led to the first goal. Reimer fired an attempt from the top of the circle that Skoff stopped, but he could not hang onto the puck and fell to the ice. Chelios had position for the rebound and pounced on the puck, skating past an out-of-position Skoff and sliding the puck behind him and off the far post for the score.
Wolfe made it 2-0 minutes later with help from Chelios, who spun around at the right circle and centered the puck to the middle. A pair of Penn State defenders were nearby but unable to get their sticks on the puck, and Wolfe scooped it up and put it past Skoff with 2:24 left in the first period.
Reimer netted his goal with 4:52 left in the game, sweeping in from the right side across the front of the net and sending a wrist shot past Skoff.