There will be no road sweep to start the Big Ten season for the Penn State men’s hockey team.
Michigan poured on the scoring with five third-period goals to throttle the Nittany Lions 8-1 Saturday night at Yost Ice Arena.
Penn State’s season low for goals in a game, after entering the weekend No. 2 in the nation in scoring, left it with a weekend split following a 3-2 win Friday.
The teams played a scoreless first period before the scoring erupted over the final 40 minutes as Michigan matched the record for most goals allowed by Penn State in a game — an 8-2 Boston College win last season — since it became a Division I program.
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Taylor Holstrom netted the lone score for the Nittany Lions (7-3-2, 1-1 Big Ten), his fourth goal of the season, with help from Casey Bailey and Luke Juha three seconds before the end of the second.
By then the Wolverines (5-6, 1-1) were already in control of the game, with goals from Christoval Nieves, Tyler Motte and Zach Hyman.
It became a blowout in the third with two goals from JT Compher and one each from Andrew Copp, Alex Kile and Michael Downing.
Eamon McAdam suffered through all those goals, making 37 saves in the loss, while Zach Nagelvoort stopped 41 shots for Michigan.
Penn State was 1 for 8 on power play opportunities, while the Wolverines were 0 for 5.
The Lions can wonder if the game would have a different result if Jonathan Milley had converted on either of his two shots that rang off the crossbar in the first period.
The Nittany Lions remain on the road with a visit to New York’s Madison Square Garden next Saturday night to face Cornell.